This week we are mostly…

 

5. Loving Stephen Hawkings…

who spoke out on the NHS this week, warning us we are moving towards an American insurance system.

“The crisis in the NHS has been caused by political decisions…The political decisions include underfunding and cuts, privatising services, the public sector pay cap, the new contract imposed on the junior doctors and removal of the student nurses’ bursary.”

“Speaking as a scientist, cherry picking evidence is unacceptable…When public figures abuse scientific argument, citing some studies but suppressing others, to justify policies that they want to implement for other reasons, it debases scientific culture.”

Jeremy Hunt dismissed the concern. We wonder who we’re more likely to believe? A renowned scientist who’s had front-line access to the NHS for decades…or Jeremy Hunt…

Read more here (because sometimes The Guardian still does a good job.)

 

4. Shipping the wonderful Naomi Klein…

who not only openly supports Corbyn, but has also written a fantastic book, which Owen Jones calls ‘an essential blueprint for a worldwide counterattack’ to the rise of what we might call simply Trumpism.

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Check back soon for our review!

 

3. Super excited for…

An Inconvenient Sequel! Al Gore is back and climate change will hopefully be back on the agenda with a vengeance. Labour’s environmental policies put the future of the planet, and economically-sound green energy investment, at the heart of the party.

Check out the trailer here and watch Al Gore’s interview with Russell Brand here

“One of the reasons we have this climate crisis is that the large carbon polluters have accumulated too much power to influence our politics and they’ve distorted the conversation about climate…in exactly the same way that the tobacco companies did years ago.”  – Al Gore speaking to Russell Brand

Release date: 18th August. #beinconvenient 

 

2.Training with Momentum and visiting Southport (for a very special visitor)…

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David, Jayne and James all headed over to Manchester for Train the Trainer this week – learning how to shape hearts and minds on the doorstep and beyond. We’ll be disseminating this at future meetings so watch this space!

1. Learning about the impact of the financial crash…

It’s been a decade since the financial crash. For us, the film The Big Short is still the best pathway to understanding what happened.

But thankfully we have the geniuses that are Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews), Ann Pettifor and Faiza Shaheen to help us understand what’s changed (or not changed) since. Click here for the full article, or read our summary below:

  1. UK real wages have fallen by 6%
  2. For the self-employed, incomes are 22% lower
  3. There are 34 developed countries in the OECD. The only country to experience worse growth that us between 2008-2015 was Greece. Yes. Greece. The country which almost ceased to function.
  4. ‘The owners of wealth have borrowed money from central bankers at historically low rates of interest – to acquire more wealth’ while the rest of us continue to nobly pay our taxes.
  5. The bankers’ bonuses were back just one year after the crash.
  6. Faiza Shaheen highlights the positive that before the crash inequality was considered irrelevant: it was all about growth. Now, she emphasises, even the Conservatives are forced to acknowledge the importance of equality.
  7. Never one to mince his words, Paul Mason paints a bleak future, focusing on the fact that governments are trying to control an uncontrollable system by perpetrating chaos. He says, ‘while you can run an economy on life support, ideas do not behave the same way’: and the idea of neoliberalism and free market economics is taking a turn.

The solution? In the words of Ann Pettifor:

“We must use the powers of taxpayer-backed central banks and finance ministries to demand a transformation of the global financial system. If our demands are ignored, then we must demand the withdrawal of massive subsidies provided to the private finance sector by our publicly-financed and taxpayer-backed institutions. Nothing less will do if we are serious about creating an economy that works for people and the planet.”

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