Tag Archives: Cuts

How Left Wing is Scotland – part two

How left wing is Scotland? Do we really, as the First Minister claimed, not really mind her economic policies? Well, recently, YouGov did a survey on various Thatcherite policies in the midst of her funeral. The results show that on … Continue reading

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Our Common Endeavour

By the strength of our common endeavour, we achieve more than we achieve alone, so as to create for each of us the means to realise our true potential and for all of us a community in which power wealth … Continue reading

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Something to Celebrate

I can’t celebrate the fact that someone has died, no matter who they are. Yes, their policies were divisive and selfish, but to revel in death, is ghoulish at best, and sickening at worst. What does it serve? It is … Continue reading

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The Bedroom Tax – welfare deformed

The Bedroom Tax is one of the worst pieces of welfare reform in the last 30 years. Not only is it targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society, it doesn’t have in place the solution which its creators claim … Continue reading

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Here’s what I would have said

Here is the text of the speech I would have given if I had managed to catch the eye of the chair in today’s debate on Transport at Scottish labour conference: Chair, Conference Thank you. John Ruddy, Angus CLP and first time … Continue reading

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The long march for pension Justice

Today I marched on strike for the first time in my life. Despite the fact that, as I explained yesterday, I am not technically on strike as Angus Council moved one of our Bank Holidays, I wanted to stand shoulder … Continue reading

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Why I am Striking on November 30th

Well, actually I’m not technically going on strike. Angus Council, several years ago, decided that in order to celebrate St. Andrews Day, it would move a bank holiday elsewhere in the year to the end of November. So I already had … Continue reading

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Who are they speaking for?

Today, a series of business leaders have written a letter to the Daily Telegraph calling for the 50p top rate of tax to be cut to help boost the economy. They claim it will attract wealth generators and entrepreneurs to … Continue reading

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UNISON Leadership hustings – Part Two

My last blog post talked about what the candidates for the Scottish Labour leadership said during the hustings held during the UNISON Labour Link forum meeting held in Glasgow. The end result was for UNISON to nominate Johann, while I … Continue reading

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Conference Day Four: Financial exclusion

This morning’s breafast included a large plate of financial exclusion, with a side helping of Labour success being replaced with a desert of coalition cuts. This fringe was sponsored by DEMOS, the think tank, along with the Friends Provident Foundation. … Continue reading

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