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December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

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RIP Tim Salter and Denis Jones. Is This What You Wanted Iain Duncan Smith?

December 31, 2013 1 comment

the void

Iain-Duncan-Smith415Ever since this Government weren’t elected the question has been raised whether Iain Duncan Smith really is a murderous tyrant, or whether he’s just a fucking idiot.

The truth is that it doesn’t really matter anymore.  The end result of his policies will be the same whichever is the case.  A result as tragic as it was predictable, as poverty not seen in generations returns to the UK.

The recent case of Tim Salter, who committed suicide after benefits were stopped due to the brutal Atos assessment regime, is far from the first death directly linked to welfare  reforms.  At the end of last month two suicides linked to Atos assessments were reported in just one week. Also reported just before Christmas was the death of Denis Jones, a disabled former soldier who died alone five weeks after his benefits were stopped.  Whilst his death was recorded as natural causes…

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Efficiency savings won’t stop tax rises or spending cuts

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Flip Chart Fairy Tales

When I posted my 2015 Dilemma diagram just before Christmas, a few people responded by asking, ‘what about efficiency savings’? If we can simply make the public sector more efficient, we can maintain services, keep taxes low-ish and still reduce the deficit, or so the story goes.

The 2015 spending/taxation/borrowing dilemma

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There is little argument about the need for greater efficiency in the public sector. It was to emphasise this point that I started banging on about the UK’s tough spending choices in the first place. For at least the next ten years, even as the economy recovers, the public sector will be under pressure to reduce its costs. Real-terms budget cuts and the drive for greater efficiency will be the defining feature of many public servants’ careers. There are some in the public sector who think the current squeeze is temporary. You still hear people say ‘when this is…

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Morning Star :: Britain has had its fill of Tory cuts, poll finds

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Morning Star :: Critics claim crime statistics revamp will mislead public

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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Unreliable statistics of 2013

December 30, 2013 Leave a comment
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I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on | Heather Linebaugh

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on | Heather Linebaugh

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