At one and the same time technocracy and financial
oligarchies find here an ideal medium to extend their influence and their
control of individuals in space and time. This explains the fierce struggle going
on among key market players.
Occupy has spotlighted the super-elite, but the ‘average
that is pitted against this class does not exist. For the struggle to empower
all citizens to succeed in Britain, mapping actual wealth distribution is
Birmingham University began a policy commission on the distribution of wealth in Britain late last year. One of the lead academics sets out its findings thus far and appeals for input into its second stage and public meetings to be held this Spring.
The intensification of economic cooperation - which is very advantageous to both – might be a way to achieve a deepening of political relations, in the context of a possible evolution of regional diplomacy on the part of the two countries.
Critically, international election observers (including
around 70 observers from the EU) must maintain a strong local presence throughout
the election period. The international community must not be caught unprepared again.
Why has the Obama administration been
reluctant to intervene directly in the raging Syrian conflict, or even to arm
the rebels? Why did the US president refuse to take ownership of the NATO
mission in Libya, failing to engage in Tunisia and Egypt? What makes sense of
Obama’s strategy towards the greater Middle East?
Syria’s neighbours, including Turkey, have the most
to lose from an intensifying Syrian conflict, as they directly bear the brunt
of it. Thus it is imperative that there is some sort of dialogue across the
geopolitical divide. The EU is conspicuous in its absence.
From Greece's Golden Dawn to America's Alex Jones, the populist right is utilising the global crisis as the ‘pragmatic’ smokescreen for a variety of backward-looking nationalisms. For the left, it is time to go beyond the civic victories of Occupy and focus on constructing a political alternative to the Bretton Woods institutions.
Labour must be about more than 'earn and own'. A quiet revolution is ousting the remote, condescending party of the past. So said Jon Cruddas in his speech this week, setting out the building blocks of a Policy Review to put Labour back at Britain's helm after its worst defeat since 1918.
Social democracy is at an impasse, bereft of an economic programme, but history is on the march. Democratic wealth-holding can give social democrats a new set of economic institutions and political power bases.
dust settles on David Cameron's speech, what real impact has it had? Despite
being met with scepticism throughout Europe, it has above all highlighted the
need for an open discussion on the EU in Britain – and how the left has so far
failed to address the European question.
has often been cited as an example of what Britain's future relationship with
the EU might look like. One of the most prominent Norwegian opponents to EU membership shares his thoughts on David Cameron's speech
each day progressively reveals the extent of corruption inside the ruling
People's Party, the Spanish people are
disheartened by the conduct of their politicians, including that of Prime Minister Rajoy. But there are things that they can do.
'It ruined my marriage' 'my wages were cut in half'... the blacklisting of workers ruins lives, as the latest scandal in the building sector shows. Now the fight is on to push for a public inquiry into the practice.
Greece, Spain and Germany before, Britain now faces a cathartic moment when she
needs to decide what price it is worth paying to stay in the European Union. Coolheaded
rationality must prevail over emotion in the debate that is about to begin.
Saturday's election saw the victory of former PM Milos Zeman over current
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The duel between a decried populist and an
old-school aristocrat revealed a division previously unseen in modern Czech
A wave of suicides has swept through the Indian farming community in recent years as, driven into heavy debt by deadly competition, many small farmers don't see another way out. A market-fundamentalist Indian government has so far refused to take its responsibilities to stop this growing epidemic.
The British media's sidelining of Scotland and its referendum is part of a history in which questions of nationality are smothered by the UK establishment. Today, it is increasingly clear that popular sovereignty is incompatible with the UK state. Yet avoidance is still the name of the 'British' game.