Jan 302015
 

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Alexis Tsipras, Leader of Syriza

Political language, as George Orwell observed in 1946, is “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”. Seven decades later, consider the way in which mildly progressive political leaders are depicted by their right-wing critics. In the US, Barack Obama, who has bragged about securing “the lowest level of domestic spending” since the 1950s, is condemned as a “socialist” by his Republican opponents. (If only.) In the UK, Ed Miliband, who supports a public-sector pay freeze and wants to slash child benefit, is dismissed as “Red Ed” in the right-wing press. (We wish.) In France, François Hollande, who has presided over the steepest spending cuts in that country in more than 40 years, is deemed to be “anti-austerity”. (Huh?) Continue reading »

Jan 282015
 

Thousands of nurses, midwives and paramedics will no longer walk out on Wednesday after a Government concession in a long-running dispute over wages.

NHS workers have scrapped a strike planned for Thursday as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt came up with a new pay offer.

Thousands of nurses, midwives and paramedics had been due to walk out in a long-running dispute over wages.

But the last-ditch deal – seen as a Government concession to avoid damaging industrial relations in the run-up to the General Election – is to be put to health staff.

Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “This decision goes some way to alleviate the concerns of staff by honouring the independent pay review body’s recommendation for a 1% consolidated rise and helping some of the lowest-paid NHS staff.

“The NHS has an army of loyal, committed staff working under unprecedented pressure for their patients, who do not take action lightly.

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Jan 272015
 

Hedge fund managers are buying up remote ranches and land in places like New Zealand to flee to in event of wide-spread civil unrest

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Escape: Rich financiers have put plans in place to getaway from rioters

Super rich hedge fund managers are buying ‘secret boltholes’ where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed.

Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up.

With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.

Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

He said: “I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”

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Jan 272015
 

Jerry Hayes has launched an astonishing attack on the Justice Secretary, labelling him a “d***” and arguing he should be “flushed” away

Jerry Hayes, left, described Chris Grayling as a “s***”

A former Conservative MP has launched a stinging attack on the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling – calling him a s***.

Jerry Hayes, the Tory MP for Harlow between 1983 and 1997 who now works as a barrister, attacked Mr Grayling over his attempted reform of the justice system.

In an astonishing rant, Mr Hayes labelled the Justice Secretary as “dim”, “without principle”, “incompetent” and a “disgrace”.

Writing on his blog, he concludes: “This is one s*** that will need to be flushed after the election”.

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