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

Editorial 1 — Labour Must Exploit Tory Divisions

The most important political battle in British politics is currently taking place in the Conservative party.  There is, of course, also a political battle taking place in the Labour Party, but it is of a different kind.  In the Labour Party, the party machine is being used to suppress the discussion of any radical ideas.  In contrast, in … Continue reading Editorial 1 — Labour Must Exploit Tory Divisions

Starmer, Sunak’s Unwitting Ally — Editorial 2

Brexit offered a real opportunity for the working class. With Corbyn, while not exactly in control of the ship (as we’ve subsequently realised), at least being somewhere on the Bridge, there was the prospect that the opportunity might have been taken advantage of. Alas and alack, such was the incoherent basis of his support (incapable … Continue reading Starmer, Sunak’s Unwitting Ally — Editorial 2

Where’s Sid?

Privatisations: The aftermath. by Feargus ORaghallaigh At a time when even rightwing newspapers like ‘The Times’ and ‘The Daily Telegraph’ are lamenting the failures of the privatisation of public services and the Labour leadership is afraid to talk of returning them to public ownership, it is a good idea to remind ourselves of how this … Continue reading Where’s Sid?

Multi-Millionaires — Who are they?

By Gwydion M. Williams Do millionaires earn their money through skill and hard work?  Millionaires certainly think so.  Likewise their right-wing boosters.  But just look at the sums involved: it is hard to believe that they deserve that much.  Could anyone be hundreds of times better than the rest of us? A Briton making £100,000 a year might indeed have earned … Continue reading Multi-Millionaires — Who are they?