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A pretty crappy generation!

My generation squandered our golden opportunity
Those of us who grew up in the 60s had the world at our feet but, despite the 'victory of the west', we've achieved nothing

Geoffrey Wheatcroft - Guardian 28/12/2010


The cold claims lives while energy companies get rich
Successive governments have allowed Britain's privatised, liberalised utility companies to get away with murder

George Monbiot - Guardian 27/12/2010

No Notes

Conservative links to Murdoch under scrutiny as private meeting revealed
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt held private talks with James Murdoch shortly after News Corp announced BSkyB offer

James Robertson & Rob Evans - Guardian 22/12/2010

Thankyou - New Labour

Britain 'more Thatcherite now than in the 80s' says survey
British Social Attitude report finds people less supportive of the welfare state than in the 1980s

Polly Curtis - Guardian 13/12/2010

They don't know.They can't know.

John Pilger: Why are wars not being reported honestly?
The public needs to know the truth about wars. So why have journalists colluded with governments to hoodwink us?

John Pilger - Guardian 10/12/2010

Instant Poverty

Our national insurance offers precious little if the axe falls
British welfare pitches laid-off staff into poverty. We must restore the link between what we pay out and what we get back

Jenni Russell - Guardian 07/12/2010

It was the Private Sector what did it!

Students' power is limited. But their anger and revolt can prove contagious
The protest means more than fees. If they resist education cuts, it would boost opposition to the whole austerity drive

Gary Younge - Observer 05/12/2010

Oh! Yes they did!

Student protests: Met under fire for charging at demonstrators
Video footage on YouTube shows mounted police riding at speed into a crowd of around 1,000 protesters in London

Adam Gabbatt, Paul Lewis, Matthew Taylor, Rachel Williams - Guardian 26/11/2010


Britain must close the great pay divide
UK wage inequality is approaching levels not seen since the end of the first world war. Equality expert Danny Dorling argues a cap on bosses' pay is vital if Britain is to become a fairer place

Danny Dorling - The Observer 28/11/2010

Tax avoidance crisis!

Yes, Britain's open for business – the sort of business that doesn't pay tax
I don't know if Vodafone avoided paying billions. But slashing staff at the Revenue clearly benefits our richest companies

George Monbiot 08/11/2010

Yes! That’s three-quarters of the deficit.

'No Investigation required'

As there were no WMD.
Wasn’t this the fall back position as to why
Sadam Hussein needed to be removed?

Mistreatment of helpless prisoners by Iraqi security forces included beatings, burning, electrocution and rape

Nick Davies - Guardian 22/10/2010

Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture
• Massive leak reveals serial detainee abuse • 15,000 unknown civilian deaths in war Full coverage of the Iraq war logs Datablog: every death mapped

Nick Davies, Jonathan Steele and David Leigh - Guardian 23/10/2010

Afghanistan war logs: Massive leak of secret files exposes truth of occupation
• Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops • Covert unit hunts leaders for 'kill or capture' • Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato • Read the Guardian's full war logs investigation

Nick Davies and David Leigh - Guardian 23/10/2010

And from the Horse's mouth

Rupert Murdoch applauds coalition's 'tough' approach to spending cuts
News Corp chairman, delivering inaugural Baroness Thatcher lecture, says 'coalition must not be for turning'

James Robinson - Guardian 22/10/2010

And why not?
‘Economic Freedom’ so called got us here.

To the promised land.

George Osborne claims sweeping cuts will take the country back from the brink of bankruptcy

Patrick Wintour & Larry Elliott- Guardian 21/10/2010

Gambling again.
Gambling got us here
in the form of Casino Capitalism
It seems unlikely that gambling is not the way to get out of it.

But the more disturbing idea

The Bullingdon boys want to finish what Thatcher began
The Tories and Lib Dems are forcing through a battery of cuts for which they have no mandate. It is a kind of political cou

Seumas Milne - Guardian 21/10/2010

And that picture of the back slapping and jubilation.

We’re all in it together?

Another Stimulus Needed?

To choose austerity is to bet it all on the confidence fairy
The mystical belief is that a smaller deficit will lead to an investment boom. What Britain really needs now is another stimulus

Joseph Stiglitz - 19/10/10

Poverty & Long term Unemployment

UK's Nobel economics laureate Christopher Pissarides warns chancellor: don't axe jobless benefits
• Jobless will sink into poverty, says Pissarides • Item Club also fears cuts are 'too much, too soon'

Andrew Clark & Larry Elliot - Observer 17/10/10

Economic Folly

History will see these cuts as one of the great acts of political folly
As America and China square up, the chancellor is ignoring the bigger picture with his ill-advised spending review

Will Hutton - Observer 17/1/10

“So when Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF managing director, acknowledged that the language of a recent IMF summit communique was "ineffective", that the time for "real action" had come and that he feared "a race to the bottom" as the major countries began to outdo each other in beggar-my-neighbour currency wars, you should sit up and listen.”

Exulting in the cutbacks

David Cameron's cost-cutting echoes that of Thatcher's first government – and it will be just as damaging
Margaret Thatcher's targets were inflation and the unions rather than the budget deficit, but the same alarm bells are sounding

William Keegan - Observer 15/08/2010

Exulting - That’s the word. They do seem to be enjoying it!
Particularly making the Public Sector pay ( and everyone else with the loss of services)
for the Private Sector’s mess.

Not to mention that they only achieved 3% more of the vote than they did in 2005

And another solution which is much more equitable

Deficit crisis: let's really be in it together
A one-off tax of the rich has strong public support and would solve the UK's economic crisis at a stroke

Greg Philo - Guardian 15/08/2010

We have prepared very carefully!

Francis Maude drives the pace of coalition's deep spending cuts
Cabinet Office minister dubbed new Mandelson insists reforming government must not risk delay

Patrick Wintour - Guardian 30/07/2010

One lot apparently tried to save us from the worst crash since the 1930s, by bailing out
some failing institutions which they allowed to be deregulated.
This lot appear to want to save us by slashing every institution that provides a break
on the worst excesses of world that caused the crash in the first place.

And her name appears again.

Tony wanted to be like her.
Now David with renewed vigour takes her mantle.

And the lesson

Screw them quickly while they’re not looking.

All those witnesses!

Ian Tomlinson ruling: we must all fight this whitewash
First Blair Peach. Then Jean Charles de Menezes. Now Ian Tomlinson. It is our duty to raise Cain this time

George Monbiot - Guardian 23/07/2010

And still no prosecution

You do wonder what would have happened if it had been the other way round?

Ah! So it was illegal!

The Deputy Prime Minister said so in the House of Commons

Politics blog + PMQs live - Wednesday 21 July
Rolling coverage of the day's events at Westminster

Andrew Sparrow - Guardian 22/07/2010

followed by a lot of obfuscation

Nick Clegg's 'illegal' Iraq war gaffe prompts legal warning
Coalition in confusion as deputy prime minister pronounces invasion 'illegal' at dispatch box

Nicholas Watt - Guardian 21/07/2010

Nick Clegg's awkward 'illegal invasion' comment at PMQs
Clegg's reference to the Iraq war reminds us that his new allies backed the greatest foreign policy misjudgment in 70 years

Jonathan Freedland - Guardian 21/07/2010

Careers Advice from two Tories

Call it Restraint.

Revealed: brutal guide to punishing jailed youths
• 'Drive fingers into groin', says prison service manual • Disclosures follow parents' freedom of information fight

Mark Townsend - Observer 18/07/2010


NHS faces radical pro-market shakeup
Leading healthcare and union figures issue warnings as Andrew Lansley unveils agenda involving 'inevitable' job losses

Randeep Ramesh - Guardian 12/06/2010

We cannot allow the end of the NHS in all but name
The coalition is planning to privatise the health service in defiance of the evidence. But Labour is hamstrung by its record

Seumas Milne - Guardian 14/06/2010

Son of Thatcher wanted to but couldn’t quite manage it. But these guys are well praticed in this art nay speedy.
I guess the lights will go out soon.

(from Conservative Manifesto 2010)

We shall see.

Ah! They did approve.

Classified documents reveal UK's role in abuse of its own citizens
Previously secret papers show true extent of involvement in abduction and torture following al-Qaida attacks of 2001

Ian Cobain & Owen Boycott - Guardian 14/07/2010

Covert words that paint a vivid picture of complicity in torture
• Foreign Office and No 10 interventions revealed • Emails and memos began months after September 11

Ian Cobain & Owen Boycott - Guardian 14/07/2010

An American take

Tony Blair directly involved

US sought rendition of British Nationals to Guantanamo

Andy Worthington - Counterpunch 16-18/07/2010

With what the Guardian described yesterday as the “almost unprecedented” release of “security service reports of interviews with detainees in Guantánamo Bay and other overseas detention centers,” the new British coalition government failed in its attempt to persuade the High Court to bring a temporary halt to a civil claim for damages filed by six former Guantánamo prisoners, unleashing, instead, a torrent of previously classified and deeply disturbing documents.

38 Years?

Bloody Sunday report: 38 years on, justice at last
• Saville report finds Bloody Sunday killings 'unjustified' • Cameron apologises for 1972 shooting of innocent marchers • Soldiers could be prosecuted for murder or lying to inquiry

Henry McDonald & Owen Bowcott - Guardian 15/06/2010

David Cameron condemns Bloody Sunday killings and makes apology
Prime minister would not be drawn on whether any of those implicated by the Saville Report should be prosecuted

Allegra Stratton - Guardian - 15/06/2010

Bottom fifth lose 12%

Cuts will hit the poor hard. Tax rises would be far fairer
If Cameron's plans go through, the increase in inequality will be huge. But we could avoid this relatively painlessly

Polly Toynbee - Guardian 12/06/2010


Alistair Darling: Tories have misled voters on spending cuts
Ex-chancellor will demand apology for 'exaggerated' claims of economic woe

Patrick WIntour - Guardian - 11/06/2010

Let's play fantasy 'cheap' nuclear power

Chris Huhne warns of £4bn black hole in nuclear power budget
Energy secretary blames predecessors for avoiding tough decisions in 'classic example of short-termism'

Patrick Wintour - Guardian 01/06/2010

The enduring Myth of ‘cheap’ electricity from Nuclear Power.
or the oft repeated b------s of the Nuclear Estsblishment.

If it ever was.

“Too cheap to meter”

Calder Hall - 1956

‘In fact, it was probably the most expensive way imaginable of keeping the lights on, and it masked the main reason for building Calder Hall - to make plutonium for the nuclear weapons programme, a fact admitted five years later.’

First nuclear power plant to close
Calder Hall was built for the atomic weapons programme and will take 100 years to decommission after decades of radiation damage

Paul Brown - Guardian 21/03/2003

And isn’t that the point.
A reasonable decommissioning figure was never included in the price.
If it had been?

America's Complicity in Evil

America's Complicity in Evil
Counterpunch 01/06/2010

Are we all feeling sorry for David Laws?

David Laws: smart, sharp, talented and born for the Treasury job
A double first from Cambridge, vice-president of a bank, multimillion pound earnings – but a secret he kept from even his closest friends

Anushka Asthana -Observer 30/05/2010

Head and shoulders above everyone else!
But he took £40 000 that didn’t belong to him. Such a shame.

Israel does it again.

Israel's Attack on Us All
Counterpunch 31/05/2010

Here we go again.

Gove's claim to be 'freeing' schools is a cloak for more control from the centre
This dreary abuse of local democracy was tried by Thatcher and Blair. All people want is fair access to a good, nearby school

Simon Jenkins - Guardian 27/05/2010

I’d just settle for a more adventurous, slimmed down curriculum that gets children thinking and no interference for a few years.
The last fifteen years have been frantic and now they want to start all over again.

Revealed? again?

Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons
Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons

Chris McGreal - Guardian 24/05/2010

Which of course was denied.

Israeli president denies offering nuclear weapons to apartheid South Africa
Shimon Peres dismisses claims relating to secret files but US researcher says denials are disingenuous

Chris McGreal, Rory McCarthy & David Smith - Guardian 24/05/2010

Let us not forget

Mordecai Vanunu

Mordechai Vanunu: The Sunday Times articles

Mordechai Vanunu jailed by Israeli court for unauthorised meetings
Israeli whistleblower, who spent 18 years in jail for exposing Israel's nuclear arsenal, given new three-month sentence

Rory McCarthy - Guardian 23/05/2010

Culpable but the only hope?

Labour needs to admit what it got wrong
If Brown had eaten more humble pie, his campaign might have gone better

Larry Elliott - Guardian 03/05/2010

This is what we knew!

Blair Peach: After 31 years Met police say 'sorry' for their role in his killing
Previously secret report concludes that Blair Peach 'almost certainly' died after blow from member of special patrol group

Paul Lewis - Guardian 28/04/2010

'He was a different kind of teacher. His interest in his pupils was not confined to the schoolroom but extended into their homes, where he would visit and give advice and practical help whenever he could. He was a man of high ideals, but ideals are no good if they are not put into practice. He always practised what he preached. At school he instituted a special class to help those children who had difficulty in reading and those classes were extended into the school holidays. He did this because he cared about these children and wanted them to be free thinking adults who would not be pushed about by the system. I know I will never forget him and he will always be remembered as a friend of the people

Remembering Blair Peach: 30 years on
Chris Searle - Institute of Race Relations

'As the police rushed past him, one of them hit him on the head with the stick. I was in my garden and I saw this quite clearly. When they all rushed past, he was left sitting against the wall. He tried to get up: but he was shivering and looked very strange. He couldn't stand. Then the police came back and told him this: "Move! Come on, move!" They were very rough with him and I was shocked because it was clear he was seriously hurt. His tongue seemed stuck in the top of his mouth and his eyes were rolled up to the top of his head. But they started pushing him and told him to move, and he managed to get to his feet. He staggered across the road and came to where I was in the garden. I tried to sit him down. He was in a very bad state and he couldn't speak. Then he just dropped down. I got a glass of water for him, but he couldn't hold it and it dropped out of his hand.'

Flawed Democracy

This grotesque and unfair voting system must change
Proportional representation won't cure all our political ills, but it would make for fairer elections and government

Will Hutton - Observer 25/04/2010

How unfair or disproportionate is the UK’s voting system for general elections?

Patrick Dunleavy & Chris Gilson - LSE 18/04/2010

Morally Dead!

Modern capitalism is at a moral dead end. And the bosses are to blame
Capitalism will be continue to be demonised while our CEOs refuse to put their own corrupt house in order

Will Hutton - Observer 04/04/2010

Conditioned Obesity!

Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar
Our favourite foods are making us fat, yet we can't resist, because eating them is changing our minds as well as bodies

David A Kessler Guardian - 13/03/2010

A Trillion £

The bankers lied.
And Darling, a mere puppet on their string, knows it

Britain has paid a horrific price for allowing the City to dictate credit policy. Yet there is no inquiry, no questioning, only silence

Simon Jenkins - Guardian 12/03/2010

Business as usual

Lesson of credit crunch hasn't been learned, says Joseph Stiglitz
Economist Joseph Stiglitz was euphoric at the response to the credit crunch – but he believes the plans have been derailed

Larry Elliot - Guardian 12/02/2010

Suppression, Suppression,Suppression

Top judge: Binyam Mohamed case shows MI5 to be devious, dishonest and complicit in torture
Legal defeat plunges Security Service into crisis over torture evidence, and it is revealed that judge removed damning verdict after Foreign Office QC's plea

Richard Norton-Taylor and Ian Cobain - Guardian 10/02/2010

Delusional world view.

Tony Blair at the Chilcot inquiry, part II
Jackie Ashley, Jonathan Freedland, Martin Kettle, Seumas Milne and Henry Porter look at Tony Blair's Iraq inquiry performance

Guardian 27/01/10

More unequal Britain

Unequal Britain: richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest
• 1980s income gap still not plugged, say analysts • Brown says equality panel report a 'sobering' read • Datablog: get the numbers behind this story

Amelia Gentleman & Helene Mulholland - Guardian 27/01/10

The question that won't be answered.

Wanted: Tony Blair for war crimes. Arrest him and claim your reward
Chilcot and the courts won't do it, so it is up to us to show that we won't let an illegal act of mass murder go unpunished

George Monbiot - Guardian 26/01/10

Iraq invasion violated international law, Dutch inquiry finds
Investigation into the Netherlands' support for 2003 war finds military action was not justified under UN resolutions

Afua Hirsch - Guardian 12/01/10

The master of understatement

You are right to be angry. The banks should have to pay for state backing
The UK is leading global efforts to rebalance an economic model that privileges the interests of investment banks

Paul Myners - Guardian 25/01/10

Nice of him to allow us anger.
His government used our money to save a system that they
had a key hand in unregulating and advocating.

Colonial History

UK 'using obscure legal principle' to dismiss torture claims in colonial Kenya
Foreign Office says it is 'not liable for acts and omissions' of administration after alleged abuse of Mau Mau suspects

Afua Hirsch - Guardian 25/01/10

The Conservatives have already won?

Britain faces ‘toughest cuts for 20 years’
Darling and Mandelson win election policy battle with weakened PM

Rachel Sylvester, Alice Thompson and Philip Webster - The Times 09/102009

No more thought of a Tobin Tax then. Mustn’t upset the banks and the like.
Just make everyone else pay for it.

Gaza Blockade

Terror is the price of support for despots and dictators
Egypt's complicity in the Gaza's siege underlines the role of western support for such regimes in the spread of war

Seumas Milne - Guardian 07/01/2010

Interview with George Galloway via Mondoweiss and Democracy Now

Mrs Thatcher's 8Bn Problem

Papers released under 30 year rule reveal full force of Thatcher's fury

Alan Travis & Owen Bowcott - Guardian 30/12/09

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