A lot of people are involved before the victim feels the pain.

Austerity is an institutional thing. We all know it’s a Tory policy, a cover for cutting public services, wages and social support for the vulnerable. It’s also about redistributing the savings to the better off . But it’s not just the Tory Government. It’s the Tory Parliamentary MPs. It’s the Tory local councillors. It’s Tory Party supporters. It gets worse. All the managers involved in implementing the … Continue reading A lot of people are involved before the victim feels the pain.

With pensioners now disproportionately unlikely to be in poverty, is it time to vilify them like other groups?

I hear David Willetts, the Executive Chair of The Resolution Think Tank, on the radio this morning. He’s talking about pensioners and their incomes. Apparently pensioners now typically have higher incomes than those of typical working age. Typically. I got the impression that this has been identified as a problem by the said Willetts, or “Two Brains” as he was known in the 1990’s when he was a Tory … Continue reading With pensioners now disproportionately unlikely to be in poverty, is it time to vilify them like other groups?

A vote for a Westminster Politician is a vote for more failure, cunningly disguised as progress.

I listen to Jeremy Hunt talking on the radio about the NHS. He is calm, softly spoken, subdued. It s Friday 12th February. Jeremy does not make wild claims about how many £billions the Government is investing in hospitals. He seems to accept that there is very little he and his Government can do. Accepts that things are happening in hospitals that are unacceptable. Jeremy doesn’t … Continue reading A vote for a Westminster Politician is a vote for more failure, cunningly disguised as progress.

#Bedford – The reality of budget cuts in schools – survey | Teacher Network | The Guardian

Bedford schools will be hit by severe budget cuts. The redundancies have already started and will continue. The only question is how many people will lose their job. Cash-strapped schools are facing redundancies, reduced subject choices and even running out of paper Source: The reality of budget cuts in schools – survey | Teacher Network | The Guardian Continue reading #Bedford – The reality of budget cuts in schools – survey | Teacher Network | The Guardian