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  1. Cuts, cancer and resistance

    aleksej
    15 November 2010
    Article

    The new and extreme austerity measures being introduced by the UK's conservative government will mean that one fifth of everything the national health service does will stop; and this will disproportionately hit cancer patients.

  2. Ed Miliband needs trade unions

    Hilary Wainwright
    20 October 2010
    Article

    To create real political change, the new Labour leader must look beyond his party to the unions that helped him win power.

  3. The resistible rise of corporate power

    Hilary Wainwright
    20 October 2010
    Article

    The massive concentration and growth of corporate power poses a major threat to what remains of public services, highlighting the ever-deepening crisis of democracy, and the urgent need for people to reclaim the state.

  4. Cannabis farmers take up arms to defend crops in booming trade

    16 August 2010
    Other news

    Illicit cannabis factory farmers are arming themselves with sawn-off shotguns, CS sprays and machetes and even setting booby traps to protect their crops from rival gangs, according to a police study published today. The report for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) reveals there has been a boom in cannabis production across Britain in the last two years, with nearly 7,000 illegal farms and factories uncovered in 2009/10 alone.

  5. Social efficiency: reforming public services in 21st Century

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 July 2010
    Article

    The ideological reasoning behind UK government policies is that the market is the only way to make public services 'efficient'. Isn't it time we talked about social efficiency, maximising public benefit rather than maximising profit?

  6. Kentucky Fried Education: The Market Assault on Reason

    Tariq Ali
    02 June 2010
    Multi-media

    In April 2010, UK Middlesex University decided to close down Philosophy. Ever since, students and staff, and thousands of their supporters, have been battling to save it.

  7. UK election: No political parties offered "big ideas to match the depth of crises”

    Hilary Wainwright
    14 May 2010

    What we saw in the UK election campaign and the recent coalition deal is the level of opportunism amongst the political parties, and the real absence of politics and ideas on how to deal with major crises in the economy, over climate change and of our political institutions.

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    The Lib Dems won't deliver reform - Mike Marqusee on the UK election media hype

    Mike Marqusee
    11 May 2010
    Article

    Pre-election calls for a Lib Dem vote in the UK demonstrated how effectively misled some were by the mass media inflation of the yellow prospects for reform. Fluctuating left and right according to audience, the Lib Dems will continue with neoloberal economics, the war on terror, police-power abuses and cuts to public services.

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    This is managed democracy

    aleksej
    17 April 2010
    Article

    Given the actual consensus among the party leaders of the three main political parties in Britain, it was amazing to see how many differences they managed to manufacture during last week's televised debate.

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    The left lacuna

    aleksej
    15 April 2010
    Article

    Although there will be left candidates and groups on the ballot in many constituencies in the coming British general election, there will be no single, widely-recognised, nationwide, left alternative. That is a tragedy from which no one can take comfort.

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    UK election: democracy and inequality

    aleksej
    11 April 2010
    Article

    The media frenzy and the ferocity of political competition in the coming general election in Britain will be in inverse proportion to the enthusiasm of the voters, who are being offered little in the way of real political choice.

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    Britain’s no choice election

    aleksej
    01 April 2010
    Article

    For all its democratic claims, the election campaign in Britain serves mainly to obscure the truths about our unequal and unsustainable society.

  13. The land of national health care

    aleksej
    31 March 2010
    Article

    Britain’s National Health Service is much more effective than the US’ privately-run system. But Britons may not be spared the US’ healthcare nightmare for much longer.

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    Beyond the casino state

    Hilary Wainwright
    28 March 2010
    Article

    Still in thrall to neoliberal nostrums, British politicians compete to dismantle the state as a provider of services, leaving its function as primarily a prop to private capital.

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    Osborne's airbrushed co-op policy

    Hilary Wainwright
    17 February 2010
    Article

    For all the Tories' fine talk of empowered workers, their plans would only undermine the public sector's democratic rebirth.