Fuel poverty will end only when we bring our energy supply back under democratic control
While politicians are pointing their guns at Russia as the big threat to our energy security, the UK energy system has been hijacked by a cartel of energy companies.
The ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers are holding the UK hostage with threats of blackouts while reaping billions of pounds in profits and leaving millions unable to afford energy.
If we want to ensure a sustainable energy production and tackle fuel poverty, we must hand our energy supply back to democratic control.
The sad state of our energy system became abundantly clear last year when Labour proposed a price freeze on energy. The Big Six responded by threatening that blackouts would hit the country if anything were done to loosen their tight grip of on UK energy. Read More
The OSFL debate is not about censorship, but about our right to express dissatisfaction with an event happening at our university
Last week, students at Oxford University objected to a ‘debate’ hosted by a pro-life group entitled ‘This House Believes Britain’s Abortion Culture Hurts Us All.’
We’ve since been called Nazis and/or Stalinists, politically correct fascists, but most commonly, enemies of free speech.
This indicates a misunderstanding of what free speech actually entails. Some twitter users might be surprised to hear that actually, we understand that in a liberal society free speech is of course a fundamental right – but we also believe that this right can be dramatically misinterpreted.
If we accept the definition of freedom as the ability to perform an action without external constraint, then free speech is the ability to express opinions without government censorship. Free speech gives every individual the political right to speak without the state intervening. Read More
For the residents of Rochester, addressing their concerns about living standards, schools and healthcare would go a long way to dampening their worries about immigration
I drove down to Rochester this weekend to undertake some in-depth interviews of voters in last week’s by-election.
Unsurprisingly, immigration was near the top of their list of worries.
But I don’t think proposals to limit out-of-work and in-work benefits to EU migrants will address residents’ concerns.
Rather the national narratives about benefits – being advanced by both Labour and the Conservatives – will only reinforce the migration hysteria that has gripped the country.
Rochester is an attractive market town, one of the five conurbations that make up Medway local authority. On the south banks of the Thames Estuary, the town’s population includes many families who have moved from London. Read More
Many communities have already become active in addressing Ofsted’s concerns about far right and Islamist extremism
Last week, the media divulged a string of new Ofsted statements. They flagged up a number of secondary schools and sixth form colleges that are said to be vulnerable to radicalisation, or that have been reported as not adequately preparing children for ‘life in modern Britain’.
England’s Chief Inspector of Schools and head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said that he is ‘concerned that pupils in these schools may be vulnerable to extremist influences.’
These reports force the public to question how extremism can permeate the education system as well as wider society. Read More
Changes in the labour and housing markets mean there has been a rise in the number of working people who live in poverty
Today the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released their annual report on progress in tackling poverty and disadvantage in the UK.
Written by the New Policy Institute, the report is designed to provide a comprehensive guide to the nation’s economic recovery and how it affects those living in poverty.
The findings show that there have been dramatic changes in the labour market, meaning that in the last ten years there has been a major shift in who is most at risk of poverty in the UK. Read More
It is unacceptable that one in five health workers needs a second job to make ends meet
NHS workers are on strike for the second time in as many months. This is not a decision that was taken lightly by UNISON members.
Last month’s strike was a first for many, and today even more workers are taking action.
Workers represented by eleven health trade unions are taking part in some form of industrial action this week; almost the whole workforce.
Anger is spreading and so is public support for our health workers’ cause. The strength of feeling is far from fading and the dispute is far from going away. Read More
The magnitude of the mayor’s proposed cuts is even more of an outrage than his tantrum at being exposed
Last week we saw Boris Johnson’s mask slip. It was ugly, dismissive and totally unbefitting of the role of mayor of London – but it was nowhere near as offensive as his planned 90 per cent cuts to youth and education services.
Boris has made a big deal about his initiatives to help vulnerable Londoners.
Yet when leaked documents revealed his plans to cut the budgets for many of these programmes by 90 per cent over the next two years, his reaction was as aggressive as the cuts he is considering; he first denied all knowledge before exploding ‘stick it up your…’
DUP Leader and Northern Ireland’s first minister Peter Robinson has sought to defend one of his MPs who launched a tirade against Sinn Fein over the weekend.
Addressing the DUP’s annual conference in County Down East Londonderry MP, Gregory Campbell told delegates that the DUP would be treating Sinn Fein’s wishlist over an Irish Language Act as “no more than toilet paper”.
Earlier this month, Campbell, who also sits at Stormont, was barred from speaking in the chamber for a day after causing offense to Irish speakers. Read More