The Localism Act gives councils a ‘General Power of
Competence’ (GPoC) allowing them the same legal powers as private
individuals. But are they using these
freedoms in ways that benefit grassroots localities?
Political elites say they love the private sector because it’s so
much more efficient than the public sector. In truth, the
private sector only works by scrounging billions of pounds of public
money in the form. It is the
corporate elite, not the poor, who are the real scroungers.
doesn’t matter: the poor are getting richer. This is the fantasy the elite at Davos want us to
believe. In reality, while
executive pay soars, there are more people living in
extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa than ever before. The first in a series of Davos Myths.
Tahir Mehmood, aged 43, died in a commercially-run immigration lockup at Manchester Airport. The Coroner recorded a verdict of death by natural causes. A report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman tells a more troubling story.
Terrorism "expert" Steve Emerson is more than a comic buffoon. His claims about no-go zones for non-Muslims in European cities are just part of a wealthy network spreading Islamophobia across the west.
Along with the Greens, polls show that the rise of UKIP could see a surge in turnout among the youth vote in this year's general election. For the first time in a while there seems to be genuine 'choice'. This is a good thing.
We should elect ministers directly, give them a substantial slice of votes, and combine their votes with those of other ministers, other elected representatives, and also direct votes from the public. What might this look like in practice?