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Saturday, 16 July 2011
The Touchstone blog reports that public sector pension costs were stabilised even before the change in indexation from RPI to CPI: http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2010/12/nao-say-that-public-sector-pension-costs-were-stabilised-before-cpi-indexing/
Friday, 15 July 2011
An interesting article in Scottish Left Review by Richard Leonard of GMB which examines the bleak prospects for the Scottish Labour Party unless it rediscovers a political ideology and purpose. Arguments which can be equally applied to Labour at UK level: http://www.scottishleftreview.org/article/looking-for-its-purpose/
Thursday, 14 July 2011
If you're unemployed, or one of the millions of low paid public service workers, there's a good chance you might need a housing benefit worker to help you keep a roof over your head.
US unions pension and investment funds and some public sector pension funds have launched an attack on Rupert Murdoch and other executives of News International. Demonstrating the power of workers capital to challenge the people who manage the companies we own.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Palestinian leaders have declared that an EU-led attempt to revive Arab-Israeli peace talks has failed, leading them to go full-speed ahead for UN recognition instead. http://euobserver.com/9/32622/?rk=1
A law passed by the Israeli Knesset (parliament) making it an offence to call for a boycott against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression in Israel, Amnesty International said yesterday. http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/israel-anti-boycott-law-attack-freedom-expression-2011-07-12
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
The long awaited 'Opening Public Services' white paper is a thinly veiled attempt to reinvent Thatcherite and Ridleyesque style enforced competition on public sector providers: http://www.info4local.gov.uk/documents/related-links/1942894
Monday, 11 July 2011
Even before the trials and the enquiries it's clear at least in terms of Coulson, who was - along with another journalist - arrested the other day, apparently on suspicion of bribing police officers, and has been bailed till October. David Cameron, as ever, has insisted that even though it didn't work out, he feels he had been right to offer Coulson 'a second chance'. And, it would appear, to have kept him on as long as he did, and to call him a friend even now, despite...