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Robin Hood Tax | Something to consider

A tax on banks that would give billions to tackle poverty and climate change, here and abroad.

This tax on the financial sector has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year globally. It could give a vital boost to the NHS, our schools, and the fight against child poverty in the UK – as well as tackling poverty and climate change around the world.

via Robin Hood Tax | Robin Hood Tax.

IDS – TIME TO STOP THE LIES | jaynelinney

” Iain Duncan Smith continues to ignore his Government and persists in misusing statistics, and it is for these reasons we believe it is time for the Powers of the Commissioner for standards to be exercised, and for Iain Duncan Smith to be independently and openly investigated for breach of Conduct”

via IDS – TIME TO STOP THE LIES | jaynelinney.

Osborne has NOT halved the EU’s £1.7bn bill | Vox Political

This is how George Osborne probably looked after the fire in his pants caused by his incessant lying about the EU’s £1.7bn bill burned away the rest of his suit. Note that his briefcase is still empty of policies and all he has to offer us is the carrot of false promises [Image: Kaya Mar www.kayamarart.com]

[Image: Kaya Mar – www.kayamarart.com]

Another Tory lie busted – and in a matter of hours.

George Osborne turned up on TV today, buoyed up by a cloud of his own smugness, announcing that thanks to his amazing Chancellorial skills, the UK will have to pay only half of the £1.7bn budget surcharge demanded by the European Union.

via Osborne has NOT halved the EU’s £1.7bn bill | Vox Political.

Ripped-off Britons: Two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s have come from keeping wages down

Leading economist Gavyn Davies has argued that low wage growth accounts for more than two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s. As a substantial proportion of these profits have been used to pay dividends to shareholders, executives who are directly paid in restricted shares have directly increased their pay at the expense of their workers.

via Ripped-off Britons: Two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s have come from keeping wages down.

BBC Using Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act RIPA to track down licence fee dodgers | Newsblog

While I would not trust the Daily Vile Mail as far as I could throw the bastards, this bears looking at.

Alasdair Glennie and Harriet Arkell report in the Mail Online that the BBC has been using Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to track down television licence fee dodgers.

BBC Using Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act RIPA to track down licence fee dodgers | Newsblog.

It’s the Tories that want something for nothing: the democratic contract and government responsibility | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

I don’t remember any consent amongst the public to accept diminished living standards in return for Cameron’s proposal of national fiscal security (which he has consistently and spectacularly failed to deliver) and the maintenance of the “market-state”. Nor was there consent for authority, inequality and hierarchy, or an acceptance of being less than we can be and having less than we can have.

via It’s the Tories that want something for nothing: the democratic contract and government responsibility | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

Coppola Comment: Anti-nationalism

The Conservatives need to realise that their figures don’t add up: the Liberal Democrats need to be reminded that the deficit is not the economy: and Ed Balls needs to remember that he once knew some economics. The tax and spending proposals of all three parties demonstrate either total ignorance of the reasons why the UK’s fiscal deficit is not reducing as planned, or – more likely – wilful ignoring of the truth for political reasons.

via Coppola Comment: Anti-nationalism.

Ripped-off Britons: Graphs at a glance: Is the national debt being paid off? Cameron says yes but the independent Office of Budget Responsibility says it is actually increasing!

“So, what would you prefer?

1 A Prime Minister who has so little respect for the electorate that he comes up with precisely the same fib year after year?

OR

2 A Prime Minister who is so economically illiterate that he actually believes the country is “paying down its debts”?

OR

3 A different Prime Minister?”

via Ripped-off Britons: Graphs at a glance: Is the national debt being paid off? Cameron says yes but the independent Office of Budget Responsibility says it is actually increasing!.

Conservatism in a nutshell. | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

A clue is in the name: The word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe, which means outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”. It was originally used to refer to an Irish outlaw and later applied to Confederates or Royalists in arms. The term was thus originally a term of abuse. The Tories live by plunder. They steal your taxes, your public services, your state provision and your labour, in order to raise more money for the rich.

via Conservatism in a nutshell. | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman – Vox

Every woman should take the attacks on other women personally. Because the attacks are not aimed at the particular person, they are aimed at women. Women who “don’t know their place!”

Watson is not the only one being told to “get back” by misogynists who wield sexual terror as a weapon. She is in the company of many other women, all over the world, who have made the decision to participate in public life and suffered the consequences. Writers on feminist issues, deluged with rape threats: get back. Activists from Syria, to Sudan, to the Congo, raped in prison: get back. South African lesbians, raped to “correct” their sexuality: get back.

via The sexual threats against Emma Watson are an attack on every woman – Vox.