The Daily Mail front page caught my eye yesterday: it announced that trade unions were now paying their members to go on strike. I confess to being almost impressed at that infernal organ's ability to alchemise scandals out of the prosaic, and it got me thinking about the other myths that are commonly peddled about trade unions. Let's have a look at six regulars, and give them a good old busting.Read more
New polling reported in the Financial Times shows public enthusiasm for austerity waning. After four years of assurances that Osborne’s axe-wielding would be necessary to bring the public finances back under heel, the failure of his programme is becoming apparent. The Chancellor expected the budget deficit this year to be £40bn, but it’s actually closer to £100bn, having risen by 10% in the last year.Read more
David Charles reports - Did you catch him? George Osborne (“man of the people”) was rumoured to be out and about in central London last week, picking pockets ahead of his Autumn Statement.Read more
This Friday the 17th of October #occupydemocracy began occupying Parliament Square to demand the alternative. Each day of the camp will cover different aspects of the huge democratic deficit.
Defend democracy, get to Parliament Square now if you can to give a hand. Don't let police take away our freedom to protest. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/occupy_democracy
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