Why the precariat is not a “bogus concept”

The precariat, a class-in-the-making, is the first mass class in history that has systematically been losing rights built up for citizens. So, why is it the new dangerous class and how is it differentiated from other class groups in the evolving global labour process?

The modern return of Vagrancy Law

The crime of 'being suspicious' seems to be making a return as the state seems ever more keen to police the poor and vulnerable. The recent case of 'stolen food' from Iceland is a perfect example.

How co-operatives can help Generation Y take control over their future

Co-operatives can give a generation of graduates the chance to reclaim their future.

Reuniting the monetary union: a proposal to counter the eurozone’s imbalances

Persistent trade imbalances are threatening to derail the European economy. Luca Fantacci calls for a European Clearing Union to promote a sustainable pattern of production and consumption across the Eurozone.

Can anyone patch up care.data, or is it too late?

Every government reassurance about care.data just brings more questions. The bottom line - in whose interests is the government acting when handling England's medical records - just won't go away.

The prevention of journalism

Governments may use increasingly complex and sophisticated tools for censoring unhelpful information but the end result is always the same, despite the claims of toadying journalists.

Unnecessary suffering

We now have a benefit sanctions regime that is bureaucratised, depersonalised and excessive, causing widespread unnecessary suffering. Human relations have been stripped out of public administration.

Financial repression - myth, metaphor and reality

“Financial repression” always casts state regulators as authoritarian villains and allows apologists for uncontrolled finance to pose as freedom fighters. Maybe we should worry far less about efforts to “repress” finance and far more about finance’s efforts to oppress the rest of us.

NHS boss apologises for tweeting Hitler parody

The care.data debacle - the cracks are showing at the top....

We must protect NHS democracy

As the Green Party Spring Conference kicks off in Liverpool today, Caroline Lucas MP writes exclusively for OurNHS about the threats to NHS democracy in England.

Understanding and confronting financialisation

The growth of finance over the last forty years has changed capitalism profoundly. It is time for its critics to grasp the nature and significance of these changes. Only then will the supremacy of finance face an effective challenge.

Preserving policy space in an independent Scotland

Last week’s attempts at arm-twisting Scotland over sterling and European Union membership have backfired. But an independent Scotland should want no part in either surrendering monetary sovereignty or EU constitutionalised neoliberalism.

The birth pains of Scottish democracy and the anguish of ‘posh Scotland’

Hugo Rifkind has called on posh Scots to speak out in the independence debate, but it's not their voices that are missing.

Podcast: 2014 matters: poverty, power and inequality in Scotland and a changing world

What would Scottish independence mean for global justice? A panel came together in Dundee to discuss what the referendum means for Scotland's place in the world.

Secret government contracts undermine our democracies. Let's stop them

How do we know that the money we collectively give to our governments is being properly spent? We don't. A new campaign seeks to change that.

Government brushes aside NHS Free Trade Treaty Concerns

MPs raise concerns about the impact the forthcoming trade treaty, TTIP, will have on the NHS - but Minster Without Portfolio Ken Clarke says it will make no difference.

Shadow banking, or why black holes are important in the global financial system

The shadow banking sector is now integral to the global financial system. Its architects are constantly seeking to evade oversight and control through the use of offshore accounting and forbidding complexity. The regulatory reforms that followed the 2007-8 crisis are bound to be tested.

The Scots referendum debate could do without the vitriol

Most English appear to have little interest either way. Beyond the London bubble there really is little need for anger or resentment.

The Banking Reform Act is rearranging the deck chairs on the neoliberal Titanic

A new report from the Centre for Labour and Social Studies highlights the failure of the Banking Reform Act to deal with any of the problems at the core of the 2007/8 collapse. Here, its author explains what's really going on.

Child witnesses kept waiting for years: the state of British justice

Court delays cause irreparable damage to children alleging serious sexual abuse. A criminal barrister blames government cuts.

The Swiss vote to curb immigration, and what it means for Europe

On February 9, Swiss voters narrowly approved the reintroduction of quotas on immigration, damaging Swiss-EU relations in the process. Why did the Swiss vote this way? Does it have anything to do with Robin Hood? And will this impact on the EU membership debate in the UK?

The Keen-Krugman debate

The debate between these two economists on the role of banking and specifically the creation of credit is of fundamental importance in understanding the shortcomings of orthodox economic thinking - and why it was so ill-equipped to handle, let alone predict, the crash of 2008.

The government is misleading in its claims for Universal Credit

The British government's response to criticisms of its welfare reforms are misleading - the overall picture remains one which will ensure poverty and misery for many through little fault of their own.

White-washing the water cannon: salesmen, scientific experts and human rights abuses

Scrubbing away the white-wash of 'less lethal' riot control reveals a history littered with humanitarian disasters, weaponisation, inadequate testing, and corporate profiteering. What does a 'public consultation' on water cannon mean when this history is hidden?

Water cannon will end an era of consent

The London police want water cannon. If public opposition is over-ruled a new period of British government begins, for sure.

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