Arguably the so-called deal that has been forced down the throats of the Greek people represents the worst of all worlds. It imposes even more draconian terms than were on offer even a week or two ago, with very little conceded in terms of debt relief, but with such added conditions of austerity as … Continue reading The Greek ‘deal’ represents the supplanting of European democracy by neoliberal economics
If you ask people who runs Britain today, they will almost certainly focus (correctly) on the banks, media and corporate bosses, plus the police, lawyers and accountants who are their agents in protecting their supremacy. Politics and finance have become one, with business leaders trooping into No.10 as regularly as Heads of State. … Continue reading Democracy now has the best opportunity to reassert control over the finance, media, corporate fixers
It is difficult for us to comprehend what the Greek people have been subjected to. After the 2008 crash UK unemployment rose to 8%; in Greece it is still 26% with youth unemployment at over 50%. UK GDP fell by 9%; Greek GDP collapsed by 25%. What is remarkable is not the … Continue reading Democracy versus capitalism: how Greece should survive
Labour’s annual conference has long been a machine operation designed to showcase the Leader’s speech and to suppress any serious discussion of other controversial matters (and the Tory party conference is, if anything, even more orchestrated). It is done to convey a contented and anodyne impression for the television cameras, and the result is … Continue reading Bring back democracy to Labour’s annual conference & sack corrupt party officials
A remarkable thing happened in Parliament in this last week, but it passed without notice. The government lost a vote, but then opted to ignore it. It was an important vote – namely whether Cameron’s mandate in the Brussels negotiations should be for an increase or a cut in the EU budget – but having lost it, … Continue reading Democracy’s a great system – shame we don’t have it
Two key changes were needed to make good Ed Miliband’s promise of a change of direction at his election to the leadership. One was obviously a shift away from New Labour’s Faustian deal with neo-liberal capitalism and Blair-Brown’s accommodation with the banks, big business and Murdoch press in support of deregulated finance and privatised free … Continue reading Party democracy is being stitched up at Labour’s conference
The proposals leaked to the Guardian today under the headline “plan to curb union grip on Labour” need to be treated with some caution. These are ideas for negotiation, not concrete proposals, and as the article itself makes clear, Ed Miliband wants to achieve change through consensus. It should immediately be agreed that all ideas … Continue reading Improve Labour democracy? Yes, but what about banks, corporations, media, Tory Party?
Will Tunisia now herald the breakthrough to democracy for the Arab world? Just as a small revolt in rural Hungary in 1989 sparked an interconnected movement for freedom across the whole East European region, so an equally small but evocative incident in rural Tunisia has triggered a mass revolt which may prove unstoppable across the bloc of … Continue reading Tunisia: test of Western protestations of democracy
When it is said, as it often is, that where America goes, Europe (and particularly the UK) will follow soon, it is worrisome that we do not have our own self-confidence and our distinctive vision. When it is said about the funding of politics, it is deeply disturbing. It has just been estimated that spending … Continue reading Are we a democracy, or a plutocracy?