The bedroom tax: how do we know that the LibDems don’t give a damn about the poor and disabled? Because soulless slimebag Danny Alexander said so! (video)


The Liberal Democrats weaselly attempts to distance themselves from a policy that could only have been enacted with their connivance demonstrates conclusively that this batch of politicians have no honour and should never be trusted with power again. Original clips © BBC / Channel 4 … Continue reading

Payday loans: under-regulated, unethical and deadly (video)


Although we were told that things would be different here, the payday loan industry in the UK has largely followed the unethical business practices of their cousins in the United States.  This means extortionate interest rates, swamping late payers with … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Jobmatch is a Monster failure (video)


The risk of fraudulent, misleading and confusing ads appearing on the government’s Universal Jobmatch website is higher than private equivalents, according to the National Audit Office. Unmodified Video © Channel 4 News / ITN “Channel 4 News has obtained a 10-page document by … Continue reading

With ‘poor doors’ you get to live in a great building in a great neighbourhood, what else do you want? Dignity? (video)


“Reformism in local government has a Faustian history, often involving shady deals, compromised principles and unexpected outcomes as much as successful attempts to establish social justice in cities. Play your cards right and you can, like Herbert Morrison’s London county … Continue reading

The Blackstone and Codere scandal: “just another day on Wall Street” (video)


In the securities industry, much of the multi-trillion dollar trading that occurs in the markets remains un- or under regulated.  One such under regulated market is the trading of Credit Default Swap‘s, the banking industry’s own weapons of mass destruction. … Continue reading

Wealth inequality madness: tax policy is made by the few for the few at the expense (and with the support) of the many (video)


Any time a politician, or any public figure for that matter, tries to discuss the subject of wealth and income inequality they are immediately castigated in the right-wing media as being engaged in “class warfare“. Even president Obama, who had … Continue reading

Lynton Crosby’s Tory spin machine is a cancer at the heart of the British government (video)


The Australian tobacco lobbyist, Lynton Crosby, is the Conservative party’s political PR ‘guru’ and his spin machine is out of control.  His strategy to win an election involves drumming-up hatred of immigrants and the poor and ‘managing’ the news agenda to … Continue reading

Econ 101: maximum rage about the minimum wage (video)


On Tuesday morning, Radio 4’s Today Programme and a number of centre left papers ran a story about the ‘living’ wage.  Unfortunately, this important story was then swamped by the hacking trial circus later in the morning. The reality is that the … Continue reading

The FT’s take-down of Thomas Piketty is no Thomas Herndon moment (video)


Almost exactly a year ago, the core argument used by right-wingers around the world to justify accelerated budget deficit reduction, Reinhart and Rogoff’s “Growth in a Time of Debt”, was fatally undermined by Thomas Herndon, an economics graduate student, when he … Continue reading

FIFA: the ugly face of the beautiful game (video)


Fifa’s sponsors have raised the pressure on football’s governing body following fresh bribery allegations surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Sportswear giant Adidas warned that the “negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA” caused by the scandal was damaging … Continue reading

We are not a meritocracy and there is no social mobility. Dominic Raab takes a beating from Owen Jones on the Daily Politics (video)


Yesterday our government produced its annual fig leaf for the UK’s all but non-existent social mobility. As ever, it made positive noises about how the UK should be and largely is a “meritocracy”. This inevitably followed a damning report into how social mobility … Continue reading

Tim Geithner fails the Jon Stewart stress test (Daily Show extended interview video)

Jon Stewart was exasperated by Tim Geithner's analysis

Whilst up to 10 million home owning Americans continue to face foreclosure as a result of the irresponsible and predatory bank lending that characterised the period up to the Lehman’s bankruptcy, the banks that caused the crash are once again in … Continue reading

When it comes to cutting the budget deficit, why do conservatives think tax cuts for the wealthy are different to welfare cuts for the poor? (Video)


It is said that what happens in the US happens in the UK shortly afterwards. This clip of the Daily Show shows US conservatives making the argument that it is ok to attack the incomes and the dignity of the weakest and the poorest … Continue reading

J K Rowling: we pay taxes in order to live in a civil society (video)


The UK is a great nation. I am not joking. Despite what you may have read in the Daily Mail, by and large, the UK is an advanced, civilised, law-abiding country and it is a wonderful place to be born … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith’s Tinker Bell statistics (video)


Regular readers of this blog will know that Iain Duncan Smith is a notorious liar.  There is no point being euphemistic about it because the facts are clear. When confronted about his lies his excuse is that he “believes” that what he … Continue reading