Corporate Benefit Scroungers – like Amazon have brought our country to its knees.

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In the US, Amazon will pay zero tax on $11.2BN dollars in profit for 2018 .  In the UK in 2018 Amazon corporation tax  halved despite tripling of profits in the UK. While Amazon and firms like them, make billions from … Continue reading

“Hunger, filth, fear and death”: Harry Leslie Smith , remembering life before the NHS

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“Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS. Harry Leslie Smith (25 February 1923 – 28 November 2018) was born into an impoverished mining family, and here recalls a Britain without a welfare state. Harry was an English writer … Continue reading

Life isn’t really about how hard you work, is it?

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I often hear people congratulating others who are comfortably off, saying, ‘they’ve worked hard for it’. That’s absolutely fine, but it isn’t really about how hard you work, is it? Years ago people with profitable businesses would say, ‘I’ve worked … Continue reading

It’s time we found our compassion again.

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What upsets me is how things have changed in my lifetime, so much for the worse. When people are in need, in a civilised, compassionate society, we shouldn’t be turning to charity, or crowd funding. We used to have a … Continue reading

Dear Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer

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A letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from Prue Plumridge I feel I must write to you in response to your speech at the Conservative Conference in which you referred to the medium-term challenge of dealing with the public … Continue reading

Austerity was political ; Cruelty therefore deliberate #ToriesOUT

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So Theresa May now admitting that Austerity was a political choice and cruelty deliberately inflicted on the people. #ToriesOUT They must pay. Because of Jeremy Corbyn’s honesty and courage, people have seen the truth – Austerity was a myth. I, … Continue reading

What do unions think of Labour’s manifesto?

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What do unions think of Labour’s manifesto? Unions have welcomed Labour’s election manifesto, praising it as “impressive”, a “chance for real change” and “a real opportunity to build a better Britain”. ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “This is an exciting and progressive … Continue reading