Phil at A Very Public Sociologist: Birthday Song Meme is asking what was the #1 single when you were born.So here's mine, Gerry & The Pacemakers - How do you do you do it?
Nowt as encouraging as Dennis in full flow.http://static.zemanta.com/readside/loader.js
So Osborne and Laws, the dynamic duo at the Treasury have announced plans to knock Child Trust Funds (CTF) on the head.For those who don't know CTF are savings accounts set up to provide a cash fund when a child reaches 18. The Government puts in £250 when a child is born. When the child … Continue reading Child Trust Funds
Just been reading the paper on the 'Big Society' put out by the Government of all the talentless. It's not pretty reading. http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/407789/building-big-society.pdf Running through it all is the theme of offloading services from local and national government to so called 'local' initiatives. It doesn't take a genius to understand why. Take people's taxes and … Continue reading The Big Society
This song has left me absolutely gobsmacked. Getting to my age and never knowing about Phil Ochs - inexcusable!
There's a certain cartoon in the Morning Star archives by the excellent Martin Rowson. It goes something like this:Who's that in the window?
Call centre workers at one of Britain's biggest energy companies, E. ON, have had their pay slashed while their bosses have escaped from any wage cuts.At least 2,500 of the lowest paid staff at the gas and electricity firm have been told their pay will be cut by about £2,000. The announcement comes just a … Continue reading E. ON call centre workers suffer from pay cut
Rummaging around for some David Rovic songs I came across the Riot Folk Collective at http://www.riotfolk.org. A collection of folk musicians whose aim as the website says is "Making folk a threat again!"Here's Ryan Harvey.
That's what I'll be asking my local Lib Dem councillor should I have the misfortune to bump into him. Mind you, the way the Lib Dem councillors have behaved in the past I don't expect to hear a peep from him until the next council elections.I put my hands up and admit to voting for … Continue reading I hope you are satisfied
So the UK is in a state of flux because of the situation of being in a hung Parliament. Good and bad news for those on the left. But bad news for the Tories and the Lib Dems.The Tories have failed to capitalise on 13 years of right-wing Labour government which has given us 3 … Continue reading A defeat for who?