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Posts for Age of austerity Category

Market-assisted suicide

  • December 19, 2011
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There’s a very sad but telling piece in today’s Guardian about the rise in suicide in Greece in the last few years – a rise that appears to be a direct cause of the economic crisis.   Three years ago, Greece had the lowest suicide rate in Europe at 2.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, in a country where suicides are refused funeral rites by the Orthodox Church.

Statistics from the Greek ministry of health now suggest that these figures have almost doubled, and that more Greeks are killing themselves than in any other country on...

The one percent

  • November 25, 2011
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There’s a hilarious pseudo-manifesto by John Kenny in the New Yorker on behalf of a very different Occupy movement.

 

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We, too, have mobilized.  We come from near and far, by any means necessary, some on private jets, others on extremely large private jets.  But you will not find us sleeping in a park...

Let squatters squat!

  • October 28, 2011
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It won’t be news to many people that there is a housing and homelessness crisis in the UK, but a few statistics are worth considering to remind ourselves of the dimensions of the problem.

According to the homelessness action group Crisis, 400,000 single people are homeless, and living in B&Bs, squats, or the floors of family...

Home Office shock exclusive: the poor exist

  • October 25, 2011
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The Home Office’s statistics about last summer’s riots make interesting reading, especially if we  remind ourselves of some of the more crazed political and media analysis that accompanied these events.  Take this wild venting about the rioters from  Max Hastings in the Mail:

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Austerity: coming to your country soon

  • October 20, 2011
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The Greeks aren’t ready to lay their heads on the IMF/EU block just yet.  The Guardian has described yesterday’s anti-cuts package demo  in Athens as ‘one of the biggest  in modern times.  I really like the following excellent quote from  Giorgos Kamkeris, a municipal employee who took part:

‘The men and...

Britain plays happy families

  • October 09, 2011
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There’s a grim article in today’s Independent on  an ongoing survey into work and relationships in Britain by the Working Families and One Plus One charities, called Happy Homes, Productive Workplaces, whose preliminary findings include

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A culture of “downsizing”, where long working hours and job insecurity have become the norm, is leading to...

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