From the TUC

Society & Welfare (page 64)

Challenging nightmares

11 Sep 2008, by in Society & Welfare

Theresa May has accused Harriet Harman of living in a dream world, and engaging in class warfare. Ms Harman’s crime is recognising that class inequalities have a significant impact on life chances. Apparently this rhetoric belongs 20 years in the past – presumably becuase social class no longer makes much of a difference to any…




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Not another article on house prices

11 Sep 2008, by in Society & Welfare

There is no doubt that the credit crunch has squeezed most of the life out of the mortgage market, but are house prices really falling as fast as the lenders say? The answer is ‘no’, and this is because a significant minority of houses are actually bought without credit and therefore do not show up…




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Conservative contradictions

09 Sep 2008, by in Labour market, Society & Welfare

On the same day that George Osborne writes an open letter to the TUC urging trade unions join the Tory big tent, he also announces that he will give backing to the Government’s welfare reforms.  The depth of union hostility to these reforms is very deep. They mark a major shift towards workfare and as…




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#4 Do the Super-Rich matter?

07 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

It’s the controversy that is becoming symbolic of a wider debate about the future direction of the UK. Should we be ‘intensely relaxed’ about the super-rich, as Peter Mandelson claimed? Or are they symptomatic of something fundamentally wrong with Britain? Do the Super-Rich Matter? forensically analyses the impact the wealthiest are having on our wellbeing.…




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Useless tax policy #1 and #2

02 Sep 2008, by in Economics, Society & Welfare

The Conservative Party are heading for a hat trick of tax policies that completely miss the point. At the end of last week, George Osborne wrote to the Chancellor declaring that he would cut corporation tax from 28% to 25% to stop companies leaving the UK.  However, as the tax expert and obsessive blogger Richard…




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