Month: May 2015

The Conservative Victory was built on a Lie

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The wealthy used to be scared of democracy. Inequality is now at such obscene levels that it ought not to be possible for anything other than a party of radical redistribution to get elected. But the wealthy have discovered a way around this. If you give people the wrong information, then you can persuade them to vote against their interests. If you can persuade someone that there’s treasure to their right and a cliff edge […]

Three negative and one positive reason to vote Labour

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Three negative and a positive reason to vote Labour: 1. The Tories have not specified 10 billion of proposed welfare cuts because they are going to be nasty (one proposal they’ve looked at is removing all carers’ allowances). There’s a good chance there will not be much a of welfare state left in five years’ time. 2. If Tories win the NHS will continue to be privatised. Competition and choice make no sense in health […]

Being serious about the economy isn’t the same thing as giving treats to business

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In a political context being serious about education isn’t assumed to be the same thing as giving teachers a pay rise. Being serious about health isn’t taken to be the same thing as making doctors’ lives easier. And yet in Britain and the US ‘being serious about the economy’ has become synonymous with doing things that will be in the most straightforward way nice for the business community, i.e. cutting taxes and regulation. No doubt […]