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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.