Solidarity 184, 4 November 2010

The banality of imperialism

Author: 

Martin Thomas

The biggest-ever "leak" of official documents in history has filled in the picture of brutal US floundering in Iraq.

391.832 files - daily reports by US military units to their commanders from 2004 to 2009 - have been passed on to WikiLeaks and then analysed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London.

The biggest-ever "leak" of official documents in history has filled in the picture of brutal US floundering in Iraq.

Publications: 

Around the world: 

Background: unions in France

Author: 

Colin Foster

Trade union structure, and labour law, is very different in France from in Britain.

The French unions have responded much more vigorously to the cuts than British unions. Yet union membership rates in France are much lower than in Britain - about 8% on average, 15% in the public sector and 5% in the private sector, compared to about 28% in Britain.

Trade union structure, and labour law, is very different in France from in Britain.

Publications: 

Around the world: 

Make the rich pay!

Cuts

Author: 

Editorial

Benefit cuts over the next 4 years: £18 billion
Cuts in education and local services: £16 billion
Bank profits for this year alone: £28 billion.

Even bigger sums than those the Tory/Lib-Dem coalition say "must" be cut from benefits and services for the worst off are being pocketed as increased profits, top salaries, and bonuses by the ultra-rich.

Benefit cuts over the next 4 years: £18 billion. Cuts in education and local services: £16 billion. Bank profits for this year alone: £28 billion.

Publications: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Too much social spending? By what standards?

Cuts

Author: 

Martin Thomas

Do the cuts have to be as big? Or as fast? There is much debate about that. But what about the basic assumption - that there has been "too much" social spending? "Too much" for what?

Q. There has been too much social spending, hasn't there? So the Government has to cut.

A. You mean there has been too much social provision for old people? There have been too many teaching assistants in schools? Poor people have had too much housing?

Do the cuts have to be as big? Or as fast? There is much debate about that. But what about the basic assumption - that there has been "too much" social spending? "Too much" for what?

Publications: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Action needed on welfare cuts

Author: 

Matthew Thompson

The announcement in last month’s Comprehensive Spending Review of cuts to social security benefits, together with planned job losses of fifteen thousand in the Department for Work and Pensions over the next two years, represents the clearest attack yet on the structure and principles of the modern welfare state created by the 1945 Labour government.

The announcement last month of cuts to social security benefits represents the clearest attack yet on the principles of the welfare state created by the 1945 Labour government.

Publications: 

Issues and Campaigns: 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Solidarity 184, 4 November 2010