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Europe, Golden Dawn and the Murder of an Anti-Fascist

  • September 21, 2013
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When the lords of austerity look down on the world from their parliaments and glass-fronted offices, they often look on the bright side.     Poverty, food kitchens, unemployment, the destruction of jobs and pensions, cuts in health and education, ‘social unrest’   – none of these things bother them too much as long as the stats and figures look good and the economy appears to be jumping through its hoops.

So there was nothing particularly surprising about the optimism and good cheer emanated by the European Commission   President   José Manuel Barroso  ...

A Message from the Chancellor

  • April 22, 2013
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Hello everyone.   My name is George Osborne and I’m the Chancellor of the Exchequer.   It’s really a pleasure for me to show you round the new Britain that we have been building these last three years, in the hope that you will ignore the doomsayers and the naysayers, the negative credit...

Stop saying they’re ‘out of touch’

  • March 21, 2013
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In recent years the expression ‘out of touch’ has one of the more meaningless clichés of modern politics.   It’s generally used as an indictment of governments and powerful institutions,  as the following random headlines illustrate:

Rail fare rises show Government is out of touch, says Labour,  (Telegraph 2/1/13)

Welsh Government ‘out of touch’...

The Cyprus bailout: as low as it gets?

  • March 17, 2013
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The Cyprus ‘bailout’  announcement marks a new threshold in the ongoing disgrace that we have come to label austerity.  For the first time, the European Union, the IMF and a national government have announced that a levy will be exacted on individual savings without any process of consultation, in order to prevent the Cypriot...

Spain’s New Picaresque

  • February 25, 2013
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When the scandal broke out in Germany last week of neo-Nazi security guards working in an  Amazon warehouse, I was interested to note how many of the bullied migrant workers there  were Spaniards.  One of them was a Spanish art teacher in her 50s and the mother of three children, who was forced to emigrate...

Killing me softly with their bills

  • January 07, 2013
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Just received a wonderful letter this morning from ‘Craig Walters’, a customer service assistant at my electricity company Atlantic (‘energy made better’).  Atlantic is the trading name of SSE Energy, one of the ‘big six’ suppliers which an Ofgem report last  October found were making average profits of £125 on ‘dual use’...

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