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
As many people prepare for their first day back to work after the Christmas break, rail campaigners are warning that commuters on the UK s privatised railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. See Friday’ s press release from Action for Rail here.Read more