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Dreamwidth [Dec. 24th, 2011|09:51 am]
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I've set up an account there.  I would advise everyone to do so as you don't currently need an invite code and you may find the account useful when LJ is next hit by a DDOS attack or if you simply grow tired of the useless/annoying changes to lj.
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Longer Weekends and Higher Wages [Aug. 25th, 2011|11:32 am]
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This is an article I found on ontd_political. It mainly relates to America, but has some ideas which could be useful to improve the economy in the UK as well.


We've been told, over and over, by politicians in both parties, that in order to have an economic recovery, we're all going to have to sacrifice. We're going to have to undergo brutal austerity measures that make our lives demonstrably worse for a while in order to get back to prosperity. We just have to accept wage and benefit cuts, high unemployment, and cutbacks to government services, because that's the only way we will recover from this crisis.


That's just not true.


It's an ideological position contradicting not just leftist economists, but even Republicans. It's a position that conveniently fits right in with the agenda of Big Business: slash public spending, force wages down, cut benefits, keep workers poor and desperate for any job they can get, and privatize government services and infrastructure for profit.


Worse than that, it won't work.


In fact, many economists have pointed out policies that would not only strengthen our economy in the long term, but in the short term make our lives actually more pleasant and livable.


Since the pursuit of happiness is actually enshrined in that Constitution conservatives love to tout, we've collected five suggestions for improving the economy that would also make our lives better right now.



Rest of the article is long, but worth reading under the cutCollapse )

Thoughts? Views?  I'm not convinced by all of it, but it's certainly worth considering, especially as our own economic strategy isn't exactly causing massive growth.
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Tuition Fees [Aug. 24th, 2011|05:19 pm]
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A post to debate what the liberal democrat policy on university tuition fees and, more generally, issues which are part of other stages of education which relate to post-secondary education.  Anon commenting is on, for those without an account, but abusive or pointless posts wil be deleted.
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2010|10:10 pm]
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Quick roundup of interesting links:

A more thoughtful analysis of the Millbank protest than most of the others I've seen.

More disgusting bigotry from the Tories. Worth noted that this kind of dodgy profiling was started by Labour though.

Some good news, however I still don't like Stonewall's refusal to campaign for issues relevant to transgender people- it's self serving and their excuse when I wrote to them was unsatisfactory.

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AIDs and the war on drugs [Jul. 24th, 2010|07:50 pm]
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It seems that the war on drugs is having a somewhat adverse effect on both the number of people using drugs and those infected with HIV (both are increasing). This declaration calls on all governments to halt the war and to adopt a more rational, evidence based approach to drug classification.
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2010|11:38 am]
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What the fuck?
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Coalition [May. 12th, 2010|04:09 pm]
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So, here are the latest details about the lib/con coalition.  As expected, it's pretty good on civil liberties and the environment.  It also contains plans for a referendum on election reform, which is I think more democratic than Labour's offer to shove through AV without consulting the electorate. 

On the other hand, I dislike their plans for school reform as it seems to make it easier to set up faith schools.  Having spent most of my school years in establishments supported by the church, I am very much against any proposal that would allow more of them to open.  Perhaps we could petition the Richard Dawkins foundation to set up a series of secular schools?

Any thoughts?
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FEAR THE YELLOW MENACE (no not that one) [Apr. 18th, 2010|07:36 pm]
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The election debate has the labservatives just a little bit worried.

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(no subject) [Apr. 4th, 2010|04:35 pm]
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Tory MP supports allowing business owners to discriminate against gay people

"No Blacks, no dogs, no Irish" next?

This follows on from an incident where a gay couple were denied their pre-booked accomodation at a Bed and Breakfast when the owner found out they were gay.

It's kind of pissing me off how many people are using the excuse that B&B owners should be able to choose who they allow to stay in their own homes. They decided to run a B&B, they decided to use their home as a place of business. No excuses.

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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2009|07:40 am]
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Debates like this are simultaneously infuriating and exhilarating.
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