TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

  SOUND CHANCELLOR We would not be able to repeat the 2008 rescue of the banks because our debt and deficit is too high. That was the stark, and under reported, comment from Chancellor Phil Hammond in a recent TV interview. It didn’t get much attention because Hammond went on to call for an end [read more…]


        The gig economy is nothing new. Before the Dock Labour Scheme of 1967, there was widespread use of casual labour in ports like Liverpool. Dockers depended on a tap on the shoulder to get work. The rise of the unions in the sixties and seventies forced back irresponsible bosses but the [read more…]


  LISTEN TO THE GREY BEARDS. The minority Labour governments of the late 1970s were plagued with disputes with the unions over public sector pay. This Tory minority administration is facing the same problem. It seems that those who want to spend money the nation hasn’t got can sense the weakness and put pressure on [read more…]


  Where does the billion pound bribe for the Democratic Unionist Party leave the drive for devolution in the North? It is not just a question of where the government will put its money. It is also a question of political purpose. There are plenty of reasons to fear that the May government will take [read more…]


  CHANGING TIMES. The General Election result indicated a turning of a corner in the sentiment of the nation, the reaction to the dreadful Grenfell Tower fire, confirmed it. The tide of anti-State, anti EU feeling is on the ebb. People are beginning to realise that a lot of “red tape” is there to protect [read more…]


    WHO WANTS THE JOB NOW ? Theresa May could remain as Prime Minister for at least two years. Does Boris Johnson, David Davis or most likely someone we’ve never considered really want the job at the moment ? The Brexit talks will be long, tiring and are very unlikely to end well. There [read more…]


  THE WRECKERS: CAMERON AND MAY   David Cameron and Theresa May have reduced this country to a laughing stock in Europe. From being a leading member of an organisation of 500 million people, we are now reduced to being a disorganised beggar pleading for reasonable terms to leave. Cameron called the referendum for narrow [read more…]


  THE LAST LAP. The Prime Minister didn’t expect it to turn out this way when she called her snap election in April. The campaign was meant to deliver her a majority of 100+ so that she could go and sock it to those arrogant Europeans. In fact, there has been very little discussion about [read more…]


  TONY SPEAKS FOR THE CITY. Not for the first time a Tony speaks for Manchester. Ten years ago, it was the late Tony Wilson who could express the character of this kind, gritty city. On Tuesday it was poet Tony Walsh. His composition “This Is The Place” read out to a huge crowd in [read more…]


  CHANCE TO VOTE FOR SOCIALISM! Since 1983, socialists have craved a red meat Labour manifesto that they could vote for. Now is the chance for them to come out in their millions and ensure that Mrs May doesn’t achieve a landslide. Labour has improved its poll rating since the election was called, but the [read more…]



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