John Rees on why the coming demonstration on the night of the Brexit vote could be the beginning of the end for the Tory government
The British Parliamentary system is about to experience its most significant crisis since the start of the Iraq war. Theresa May has already lost three votes on the floor of the House of Commons and looks set to lose the critical vote on her Brexit deal by a considerable margin.Read more
As a NHS psychological therapist, I’ve seen a lot of people adversely affected by austerity, our crumbling public services, the heartless benefit system and the pernicious effect of privatisation on jobs and wellbeing. People come to see me because they’re distressed and suffering. Too many feel a failure, broken and useless. They individualise the social, political and economic systems adversely affecting them as their own failure. It is heart breaking writes Karen Buckley from Manchester People's Assembly
In one of the most deprived areas in northern Europe people have had enough writes Jim Scott, convenor of Pembrokeshire People's Assembly
Pembrokeshire in West Wales has been hit hard by Austerity. The local hospital was already under threat before 2010 but with year-on-year cuts to Welsh Government budgets it now looks like the Health Board are going to press ahead with plans to close the A&E department and then eventually remove all essential services from the hospital, we have already lost our paediatrics department.
While Theresa May is busy trying to convince us all that austerity is over the view from America is not so rosy.
The New York Times can see plainly what the Tory government (and so much of the British media) cannot see: austerity is killing communities the length and breadth of the land.
Is austerity over?
Take a walk around Newcastle city centre and the huge increase in rough sleepers and homelessness is palpable. And Newcastle West End foodbank, which opened in March 2013, has grown to be the largest foodbank in the UK, feeding more than 40,000 people last year in one of the most economically and socially deprived areas in the North East Writes Tony Dowling for People's Assembly - North East
The Tory Chancellor’s latest Budget has not ended austerity, although the Tory press and the BBC will probably repeat the propaganda tricks from Conservative Party HQ claiming ‘it is coming to an end’.
The reality is the Tories have presided over the longest falling in living standards since Victorian times. Even Hammond forecasts only miserably low growth over the next 5 years. This Budget does nothing fundamental to reverse that.