Oxford economics professor asks whether austerity can survive the hypocrisy of the “magic money tree” and the DUP deal

Simon Wren-Lewis, an Economics professor at Oxford University, asks: “Can austerity survive such hypocrisy?” He says there is “no economic problem with ending austerity”, but recognises austerity is a “vote loser” for the Tories, especially with top Tories such as … Continue reading Oxford economics professor asks whether austerity can survive the hypocrisy of the “magic money tree” and the DUP deal

Top economist Richard Murphy slams austerity: “The economic crash was not Labour’s fault”

Top economist Richard Murphy reported for Tax Research UK that Cameron and Osborne would be found guilty by a jury of their peers for a mishandling of the economy after the economic crash. He adds that the UK crash “would … Continue reading Top economist Richard Murphy slams austerity: “The economic crash was not Labour’s fault”

German industry contradicts senior ministers who have repeatedly claimed they will help pressure a deal

Just weeks ago, David Davis claimed the German industry would pressure Angela Merkel to hand Britain a good Brexit deal, but the German industry has rejected the idea and warns Britain “not to rely on its help”. The Independent reports … Continue reading German industry contradicts senior ministers who have repeatedly claimed they will help pressure a deal

Theresa May pushes for “wholly inappropriate” £300,000 statue of Margaret Thatcher

Theresa May has insisted a controversial planned statue of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher should go ahead – even though there are fears it would be vandalised, her family do not give their blessing, and opposition says it would … Continue reading Theresa May pushes for “wholly inappropriate” £300,000 statue of Margaret Thatcher

Diane Abbott argues “we don’t need an inquiry on whether water puts out fire – we need sprinklers”

Diane Abbott has hit out at the plans for an inquiry into Grenfell, saying it shouldn’t be necessary to establish that retrofitting sprinklers “saves lives, saves homes and saves money” and says residents in tower blocks all over the country … Continue reading Diane Abbott argues “we don’t need an inquiry on whether water puts out fire – we need sprinklers”

Theresa May accused of double standards over terrorism funding

At the G20 summit, Theresa May claimed her priority is to disrupt terrorist groups from accessing finance, despite criticism over her own position on Saudi Arabia. It has emerged in the last couple of weeks that Theresa May is sitting … Continue reading Theresa May accused of double standards over terrorism funding

Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

The benefit cap ruled “unlawful” by the High Court is believed to hit 20,000 families, and Labour are now pressuring the government to listen to the ruling. The court said the cap causes “real misery for no good reason” and … Continue reading Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books

Head teacher Lindsey Cooke of Hanley Castle High School in Worcester had to ask parents to pay a voluntary £40 for text books after her budget was “slashed” by 12% since 2014. “We have made all the efficiency savings we … Continue reading Slashed school budget leaves head teacher having to ask parents to pay £40 for text books