Monthly Archives: June 2014

Review: Capital in the Twenty-First Century – Thomas Picketty

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The serious strategists of capitalism vaguely recognise that the future of capitalism is threatened by growing inequality. When the head of the IMF and the governor of the Bank of England join in the chorus demanding 'something should be done' or 'stability' will be threatened, it is clear that fear of strikes, revolt and revolution is growing among society's elite.

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Medical card debacle – free healthcare for all!

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“An attempt to improve the medical card system, to bring fairness and equity to the system” is the justification spewed by Health Minister James Reilly following the government’s announcement that 15,300 discretionary medical cards callously revoked from the most vulnerable will be reinstated.

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Right to strike under threat

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If this goes unchallenged it represents a reversal for the trade union movement of a principle won in legislation over 100 years ago that unions could not be made liable for bosses loss of income arising from trade disputes.

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