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Ernest Bevin on Capitalism’s Deliberate Creation of Unemployment

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Originally posted on Beastrabban\'s Weblog:

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I found this quotation by the trade unionist and Labour politician, Ernest Bevin, in Francis Williams’ biography of the great man:

Unemployment is not accidental. it is deliberate on the part of the capitalistic system. The one weapon in the hands of the capitalist is starvation, not his brains, ability or managerial capacity, but his ability to hold or withhold the means to life to break you when your children cry for bread. (p. 91).

This is all too true. The Libertarians of the Chicago School recommended that there should be a constant unemployment rate of 6 per cent in order to prevent wages rising. And Margaret Thatcher’s administration deliberately destroyed British heavy industries, such as mining and steel, in order to break the unions.

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30/07/2014 at 12:39 AM

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A damning indictment of the DPP and its failure to prosecute Cyril Smith

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Originally posted on David Hencke:

My  Exaro colleagues Nick Fielding and Tim Wood deserve a big commendation for doggedly pursuing the Crown prosecution Service to force them to release a damning report revealing how the authorities missed their opportunity to prosecute  paedophile MP Cyril Smith while he was alive.

After using the Freedom of Information Act the CPS has finally  a year later released a police report showing the Rochdale authorities knew what Sir Cyril was up to – but  the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to prosecute,.

The police superintendent in charge of the investigation in 1970 wrote;

“It seems impossible to excuse his conduct. Over a considerable period of time, whilst sheltering beneath a veneer of respectability, he has used his unique position to indulge in a sordid series of indecent episodes with young boys towards whom he had a special responsibility.”

No action was taken, and the paedophile MP was free to continue…

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29/07/2014 at 9:48 PM

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Cameron’s crackdown on immigrant benefits is just another grubby con

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Smiling Carcass:

“unless they [have] very clear job prospects”? Well then, why would they be claiming JSA?

Originally posted on Vox Political:

[Picture: I Am Incorrigible blog - http://imincorrigible.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/evidence-not-ideology-benefit-tourism-the-problem-only-fruitloops-and-tories-can-see/ - which agrees that benefit tourism is a non issue and distraction from the UK's real problems.]

[Picture: I Am Incorrigible blog - http://imincorrigible.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/evidence-not-ideology-benefit-tourism-the-problem-only-fruitloops-and-tories-can-see/ - which agrees that benefit tourism is a non issue and distraction from the UK's real problems.]

The UK is to cut the amount of time EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits from six to three months, according to David Cameron – who seems desperate to take attention away from Andy Burnham’s speech today on the Coalition’s unwanted privatisation of the National Health Service.

According to the BBC, Cameron said the “magnetic pull” of UK benefits needed addressing to attract people for the right reasons.

But the announcement seems to be deliberately confusing.

It seems this restriction will only apply to people born abroad who have had a job in this country and then lost it. They are the only migrant group currently allowed to claim JSA for six months before the benefit is cut off “unless they…

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29/07/2014 at 5:38 PM

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Case Of David Clapson Sparks Calls For National Inquiry

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Smiling Carcass:

My God, this bloke just wanted some help while he looked for work and Duncan Smith’s cruel sanctions killed him- there is no other way to say it.

Sanctions for missing one appointment are well out of order and anybody should be given a chance to explain why they missed their appointment, not just sanctioned.

“there’s another one towards this month’s bonus” (An Interview With @JobCentreMole About DWP Corruption)

Originally posted on Same Difference:

Some have asked if this would have happened if David Clapson had not been a former soldier.

I, however, see this as a very small piece of progress. I’m always grateful for progress, whatever the reasons for it.

The case of a diabetic former soldier from Stevenage, who died after his benefits were sanctioned, has led to calls for a national review.

Last week, the Advertiser told the story of David Clapson, who could not afford electricity to keep his insulin cool after his jobseeker’s allowance of approximately £70 a week was suspended on June 28 last year.

Just three weeks later – on July 20 – he died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls “a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin.”

Talking to the Advertiser, leader of Stevenage Council Cllr Sharon Taylor said the case…

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29/07/2014 at 5:18 PM

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Poor Laws Revisited

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The 1834 New Poor Law – an Act which, for many liberal Victorians, appeared to criminalise the poor. Charles Dickens was a vigorous critic of this New Poor Law and he relentlessly lampooned the harsh utilitarian ethics behind it – the belief that the workhouse would act as a deterrent so fewer people would claim poor relief and thereby the poor rate would reach its ‘correct’ level.
[Poverty and the Poor]

The 2014 New Poor Law; I wonder, what would Charley have to say about our ‘progress’?

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29/07/2014 at 3:06 AM

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Give the public a say before selling off the NHS, demands Burnham

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Smiling Carcass:

A contract is a two-way agreement and I don’t see why a future Labour government couldn’t say ‘we didn’t sign the contract’ and refuse to honour it.

Maybe I am naïve and misunderstand the rules- but why should this unelected government tie the hands of a future majority government?

Originally posted on Vox Political:

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Scheming, lice-ridden vermin: All the airbrushing in the world could not erase the brutal, calculating dishonesty of the Conservative 2010 election poster.

This guy has been impressive from the get-go: Today (Tuesday) Andy Burnham will call on the Coalition to put its plans for further NHS privatisation on hold until there is clear evidence that the public wants the health service to be sold off.

The speech in Manchester is being timed to take place before the Conservative-led government signs a series of new NHS contracts that will – underhandedly – tie the hands of a future government.

Sly little devils, aren’t they?

The British public has never given its consent for far-reaching and forced privatisation of services – and that’s what Mr Burnham will be saying.

He will point out that the forced privatisation of the NHS is entering new territory and becoming harder to reverse: Contracts are being…

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29/07/2014 at 2:38 AM

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More smears from the Mail against UN official who is trying to help the poor

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Smiling Carcass:

reminds me a bit of old ‘enery; no, not Cooper- the VIIIth. “I don’t like Rome or the Pope, so we’ll eff ‘em off and have our own religion, aye?”.

“I don’t like Europe or the UN, so I’ll just eff ‘em off, aye?”

Originally posted on Vox Political:

The victim: Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations' expert Special Rapporteur on Housing is once again the victim of a baseless Daily Mail smear piece.

The victim: Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations’ expert Special Rapporteur on Housing is once again the victim of a baseless Daily Mail smear piece.

Yet again, the Daily Heil has been using the tactics of its best friend Adolf Hitler - the ‘Big Lie’ – to attack a United Nations official whose job is to point out that Coalition government policies are harming the innocent poor.

The Flail‘s tone was Nurembergian – and almost entirely fact-free - as it denounced ‘Brazil Nut’ Raquel Rolnik for imaginary crimes against Iain Duncan Smith’s benefit cuts - the homicidal, if not genocidal, measures that are driving hundreds of thousands of people into destitution and despair.

You see, the Fail is fine with destitution and despair for the poor – its readers are all rich middle- or upper-class housewives who pass their days spending their husbands’ vast fortunes (this is not entirely…

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28/07/2014 at 11:42 PM

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