The carnival of incompetence- why nobody actually knows how to privatise the NHS but are doing it anyway
William Goldman, the famous Hollywood screenwriter once said about motion pictures, that ‘nobody knows anything’. That ultimately nobody in the entire motion picture field actually has any idea whether a film is going to work or not. I’m pretty sure that if Goldman had watched the calamitous privatisation of our NHS in recent months he’d have been struck by a rich similarity between the Hollywood studios and our own embattled NHS.
Join the residents of the West Hendon Estate on the 22nd January for an afternoon of housing activism!
In December of last year, the New Era Estate took on a consortium of corporate interests. They won. Fighting for justice, the campaign used social media as a base for collectivized mobilization, welcoming all who believed in the basic right to a secure home.Read more
The pantomime season continues long after the xmas holidays. On Tuesday the Coalition's Bill instituting a Charter for Budget Responsibility was passed almost unopposed in the House of Commons, showing the government at least has a sense of humour.Read more
The austerity consensus is starting to break and that's only because of the tireless efforts of everyone on the ground across the country.
Here's a review of what's been happening over the past year, obviously not every action or event is listed here, it's just designed to give a snapshot. Please do keep sending in your events, actions and reports to the People's Assembly office.
2015 presents us with a real chance to break through and we're planning a whole series of actions. Get involved in your local People's Assembly group and "lets make 2015 the year we break austerity"!Read more
As an avid teenage fan of Douglas Adam's Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy I remember particularly enjoying the fact that the answer to life, the universe and everything was 42. And in belated homage to the book of my youth, I'm going to ask the reader to suspend their disbelief and accept that the answer to the current A&E crisis is 35. That's right, 35 is the single number that can properly explain the meltdown in A&E services across the nation this week. To understand this however you have to understand the supply and demand game that our mainstream politicians indulge in during times of crisis.Read more
The Palace of Westminster approaching a state of near collapse with parliament too scared of the electorate to sanction the estimated £3bn cost of repairs is a perfect metaphor for a system of government in terminal decline.
Animosity towards politicians being what it is, the prospect of the Lords, Ladies and Honourables entombed in a catastrophe of their own making might seem a fitting finale for an anachronistic system that's long past its sell-by-date.Read more