Never mind TTIP, the EU is on its own mission to ‘marketise’ healthcare…
There has been a lot of discussion over the last few weeks, especially after the recent leak, about the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Treaty (currently being negotiated by the EU and the United States) having catastrophic consequences for the National Health Service (NHS). The potential impact of TTIP is concerning. Further, the un-democratic nature of unelected Commissioners conducting, along with the input of interest groups, secret negotiations should con
If you think the EU is a mess, vote to Leave
Yesterday the Guardian's economics editor Larry Elliot wrote a very convincing article entitled Brexit may be the best answer to a dying eurozone. In it he concludes: A different Europe is needed, but it is stretching credibility to imagine that the Europe of Greece and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership can easily morph into America with the nice people in charge. The eurozone is economically moribund, persists with policies that have demonstrably failed, is
How does the government target child poverty? Stop monitoring it
The Democratic Left Network attended a seminar last night put on by the Resolution Foundation on improving the career prospects of non-graduates. So far, so interesting. It got even more interesting when Alan Milburn, the former MP who leads the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, spoke briefly about his commission's "re-brand." "In terms of our re-branding by the way as a commission", he began, "just in case you thought we spent oodles of money on a huge exercise a
Is David Cameron moonlighting as a Brexit supporter?
Is David Cameron now moonlighting as a Brexit supporter? Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry recently, he said the following: “Some people seem to say that really Britain couldn’t survive, couldn’t do okay outside the European Union. I don’t think that is true. “Let’s be frank, Britain is an amazing country. We’ve got the fifth biggest economy in the world. We’re a top ten manufacturer. We’ve got incredibly strong financial services. The world wants to come and