Buses

Is Labour on the Buses? Dave Gardner Good public transport is key to economic success and social well-being. Compared with northern Europe, the United Kingdom, with the exception of London, is poorly served. Throughout the UK, bus services are the key to the ability to travel to work, to study, to see family and to … Continue reading Buses

Cost of Living

The cost of living — Parliament Notes What Labour MPs are saying in Parliament to address the cost of living crisis. Early day motion on the cost of living Motion text (presented by John Trickett; supported by John Cruddas, Diane Abbott, Kim Johnson, Bell Ribeiro-Addy; also Tony Lloyd, plus one Independent and one Green MP)   24th May … Continue reading Cost of Living

Sanctions and Rubles

Martin Seale The members of NATO have imposed sanctions on Russia following its Special Military Operation in Ukraine which began on 24th February.  NATO would clearly like these sanctions to severely damage Russia.  It is unlikely that they will for two main reasons.  Firstly, Russia is a currency creating state and does not therefore have financial constraints.  Secondly, Russia is … Continue reading Sanctions and Rubles

Inflation 2022

A Transitory Inflation?                Martin Seale The price of many of the goods that the typical consumer buys is higher than it was a year ago. Is this inflation?  The last time we had inflation in the UK was in the 70s and 80s.  But is what happened then similar to what is happening now? In the early … Continue reading Inflation 2022

The Destruction of Local Authorities as Housing Providers

LABOUR AND HOUSING – Part 7.   The destruction of local authorities as housing providers. By Eamon Dyas Determining the economic discourse. The previous article in this series showed how  building societies and banks were incapable of supplying mortgages on the scale required by the Tory Government’s 1979 Right to Buy scheme. It explained how local councils … Continue reading The Destruction of Local Authorities as Housing Providers

NHS Providers

Who are ‘NHS Providers’? Feargus ORaghallaigh I found the story at the link below remarkable ... https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/dec/13/hotels-being-used-as-care-facilities-to-relieve-pressure-on-nhs Here is a related story: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/dec/12/number-of-healthy-patients-stranded-in-english-hospital-wards-rises-by-80 I have long held the view that the current NHS is actually a system of hospital-led private provision of health care (much of it provided on a for-profit basis) funded by the … Continue reading NHS Providers

Heseltine on Privatisation

From Socialism to Popular Capitalism: ‘the revolution where everyone is a winner’.  The destruction of both British industry and council housing was a deliberate policy to get away from what Thatcher and Heseltine saw as socialism, the excessive influence of the state on the economy.  They saw this as their crowning achievement. Extracts from:    Where there’s a Will, … Continue reading Heseltine on Privatisation