A message from Nick Davies about power, Rupert Murdoch – and a call to action (video)


The following (excluding the Panorama Hacking Trial video) was received this afternoon by email from the Hacked-Off campaign which I wholeheartedly support. Please consider signing the petition to stop Rupert Murdoch and others from exerting too much control over our … 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

How much did government whips know about allegations of MP’s child abuse and where are the ‘dirt books’? (video)


In former Tory MP Michael Dobbs‘ novel, House of Cards, chief whip Francis Urquhart uses the dubious personal information that party whips gather on MP’s to blackmail them into complying with the government’s (and his own) agenda. Dobbs’ (fictional) account describes … 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

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

Thomas Piketty – Why we need a global wealth tax (video)


Jeremy Paxman discusses wealth inequality and a global wealth tax with Thomas Piketty author of “Capital In The 21st Century” on Newsnight (30 April 2014).   Video © BBC *********************************************** Wealth inequality and other things we don’t have to learn from … Continue reading

Food stamps are supposed to help the poor not remove their dignity (video)


Clips from the recent parliamentary debate on the causes of the increased use of food banks can be found towards the end of this post.  The debate was largely ignored by broadcast TV news on the day so you may well be unaware … Continue reading

McDonald’s expect their staff to work two jobs because they won’t pay a living wage (video)


Billionaire Charles Koch, sage to the Tory right in the UK and provider of support to just about every tea party-esque group (including, obviously, the Tea Party) in the US,  wants to eliminate the minimum wage because it creates a “culture of dependency” and he … Continue reading

Wealth inequality and other things we don’t have to learn from America (video)


It is said that what happens in the US happens in the UK shortly afterwards. This clip of the Daily Show was broadcast in August 2011 and touches on many of the same arguments used by the Conservative Party in the … Continue reading

The Maria Miller scandal: Exes, lies and damning tapes (video)


It has been a terrible week for truth and honesty in British politics.  First we had to put-up with the charade that was the Business secretary, Vince Cable, and his Tory co-conspirators explaining how losing the hard-working British taxpayer up to … Continue reading

David Cameron and Theresa May have been hiding inconvenient ‘crimes’ and immigration statistics (video)


It has been a terrible 72 hours for David Cameron and his crony government. First we discovered the reason the Conservative party had been so unusually quiet when one of their bête noires, Harriet Harman, was being mercilessly (and, as … Continue reading

World At One: Embarrassing DEFRA report on food banks finally released (video)


The DEFRA report into why there has been such a huge increase in the use of food banks in the UK was quietly released this morning, some 11 months after it was commissioned and 8 months after it was completed. … Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP forcing jobseekers to use government website riddled with fraudulent job ads (video)


The government’s Jobmatch website is carrying bogus vacancies from nine online recruitment agencies run by a Baptist deacon in Coventry, who makes money by encouraging visitors to post their CVs. More than 11,000 positions currently advertised on the government’s Universal … Continue reading