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The Tories as the Party of Gordon Gekko: Part 94 – The Boris Johnson Years

November 30, 2013 Leave a comment

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I’ve commented several times before that the Conservative Party has all the morals of Gordon Gekko. Remember him? He was the monstrous incarnation of ruthless corporate greed played by Michael Douglas in Oliver Stone’s 1980s film, Wall Street. This had the now notorious scene in which Gekko makes a speech in front of his fellow financiers praising greed. ‘Greed is right’, he intones, ‘Greed is good. Greed … works’. The film ends with Gecko himself ruthlessly betrayed and discarded by a younger protégé, a man Gekko has been raising up through the corporate ladder according to his own set of amoral principles. Here’s the speech:

Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out like this in real life. The global banking system nearly collapsed due to the colossal greed of leading bankers and financiers through a system of toxic debt and a web of complex fraud. This brought down Lehmann Brothers…

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The right therapy at the right time – Rethink Mental Illness, the mental health charity

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http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/11/5-benefit-changes-government-dont-want-you-know-about

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Second Suicide Linked To Welfare Reform Reported This Week: RIP Victor Cuff

November 29, 2013 Leave a comment

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atos-paralympic-protestAnother tragic suicide has been reported which appears to be linked to the brutal Work Capability Assessments used to strip people of benefits by declaring them ‘fit for work’.

According to South East London newspaper, the News Shopper, Victor Cuff, aged 59, hung himself in May after his sickness benefits were cut.  The newspaper reports that Mr Cuff had previously had suffered from depression and an inquest into his death heard that he had been “feeling down” and was having money problems after his sickness benefits were reduced.

This is the second suicide linked to withdrawal of sickness benefits which has been reported in just one week. On Monday the Bristol Post featured the story of Jacqueline Harris who took her own life after being found ‘fit for work’ resulting in her benefits being slashed.

Anyone who claims these suicides are not linked to welfare reforms has probably…

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Boris Johnson and the invisible prison of privilege

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The Bell Curve: Familiarizing the Public with the Language of Fascism

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Boris Johnson: Intellectually Questionable

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Boris Johnson: Intellectually Questionable

http://gu.com/p/3knkt

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