Making sense of the Autumn Statement

Originally posted on Daniel Cooper's blog:

The Autumnosborne Statement was this week. If you want to read it the speech is here. As ever it takes a bit of working out what it  actually means as I think is all a bit of a smoke and mirrors trick with Osborne. An excellent strategist who I think many on the left underestimate  at their peril.

The Overall picture

  • Osborne said that the commitment to £12 billion of welfare cuts remains. This was what the Conservatives mentioned during the General Election without going into too much detail as to where exactly the axe was going to fall. As a result you ended up with working class people reliant on tax credit voting for cuts that would hit themselves and not some mythical ‘scrounger’ class. Osborne is going to breach his own welfare cap for the first few years of the Parliament and the reality is it…

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Economic reality check

Originally posted on The Heckler:

For those of you who think that with pieces like this – The next financial crisis – it’s not a question of if but when… – we’re banging on a bit too much about the next financial and economic crash, we’d like to present some more evidence to back up our case. The evidence in question is the 70% drop over the last three weeks in the spot rates charged for shipping freight containers from Asia to Northern Europe. Here it is, courtesy of Zero Hedge – Global Trade Just Snapped: Container Freight Rates Plummet 70% In 3 Weeks Granted, with all the graphs and charts, this may be a bit technical but please persevere, it’s worth the effort. We particularly recommend taking a look at the last chart from Bloomberg which looks at prices for copper, aluminium and iron ore which have already dropped to…

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Birdy Rose art exhibition in Southend: free launch party and live music! 6th December 2015.


CNT Lawyer Activist Released!

Originally posted on London Anarchist Federation:

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In our continuing attempt to monitor the draconian and repressive laws afflicting our comrades in Spain, we are glad to recently have received this piece of news translated from this webpage.

“The National Court signed the release order after eighteen days decreeing his imprisonment in Soto del Real. Judge Juan Pablo Gonzalez, after analysing the documentation prepared by the Mossos, ordered the release on bail to the tune of 8,000 euros Enrique Costoya, neighbor Santos, labour lawyer of the CNT and anarchist activist, jailed since October 30 .

He spent three weeks in the prison of Soto del Real, after the riot police and the General Information Office stormed his home the morning of October 28, as part of the second phase of Operation Pandora. They confiscated books, posters and supplies . It is expected he is to leave the prison early in the afternoon. Since Procés Embat Elissa…

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Workfare Abandoned! Mandatory Work Activity and Community Work Placements Both To Be Scrapped


We keep going until we destroy the DWP completely.

Originally posted on the void:

workfare-partyIn a major victory for campaigners, two of the main workfare programmes are to be abandoned the DWP has quietly announced today.  Private sector contracts to run Community Work Placements and Mandatory Work Activity will not be renewed says the department in their response to George Osborne’s spending review.

Community Work Placements involve six month’s forced full time work for the long term unemployed, whilst Mandatory Work Activity is a four week short sharp shock of workfare used to punish claimants who were judged not to have the right attitude by Jobcentre busy-bodies.

Hundreds of charities have pulled out of both schemes or boycotted them completely after furious campaigning from Boycott Workfare, Keep Volunteering Voluntary and claimants across the UK.  Recent performance figures showed that only half of those referred to forced community work actually started a placement.  Eighteen months after Community Work Placements began the DWP is

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Red And Black Telly: The Paris Massacre, it’s aftermath, the future.

Autonomy Films and Bridport UNITE Community Group present “JOE HILL – HE NEVER DIED!”

Joe HillToday, 19th November 2015,  is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joe Hill.  He was an activist and union organizer whose songs have inspired the labour movement worldwide.  A thorn in the side of exploitative bosses and the US state, he was executed in Utah on 19th November 1915 on a trumped-up murder charge.  Come to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man, watch a short documentary film, mark his unjust death, and enjoy his songs – join in if you want!  Hear Paul Robeson sing about him.

Saturday 28th November 2015 WI Hall, North Street, Bridport 7 pm for 7.30 pm Entry £3, less if you can’t afford it! Vegetarian pies on sale from 6.45 pm


Tuesday 24th November
Naomi Klein’s new film ‘THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’ The climate change film of the moment The Beehive, Honiton 8 pm Entry:  £5

Wednesday 25th November
Meeting about HOUSING The Corn Exchange, Dorchester  7pm

Saturday 28th November DORSET PARADE FOR THE PLANET 12.00 p.m. – 3 p.m. Bournemouth Pier Approach

Wednesday 2nd December
BRIDFEM XMAS PARTY 7 p.m. The Snug at The George, South Street, Bridport, 6pm £8 including nibbles, followed by discussion about Women and Xmas (Self-defined women welcome).

Friday 11th December
SUFFRAGETTE    (film starring Carey Mulligan) The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport Doors 6 p.m. event starts 7pm. Members of Bridfem will give an introduction relating the story to Bridport, and there will be a discussion afterwards for anyone who wishes. All tickets £4 on the door – no need to book just turn up! (All genders welcome)

Saturday 12th December
Top o’Town Carpark, Dorchester  11 a.m. Assemble for march through town, ending at Borough Gardens

Monday 14th December
BRIDPORT LABOUR PARTY XMAS SOCIAL British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport 7pm Entry:  £12 including meal (curry) and entertainment (Cartoon Action Theatre) Guest speaker: Billy Bragg Licensed bar


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