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Archive for March 2010

Slum housing conditions highlight disparity between public and private-rented sector

Wednesday, J March 2010

Two articles on the BBC website (‘Slum landlord hit squad proposed‘, ‘MSPs hear slum housing concerns‘) earlier this month drew attention to the issue of slum housing in the Govanhill district of Glasgow, an area that has one of the severest housing problems in the UK.

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‘What was engineered, in Marxist terms, was a crisis of capitalism which re-created a reserve army of labour and has allowed the capitalists to make high profits ever since’

Wednesday, J March 2010

A recent column by The Times‘ Minette Marrin posed the question “Are men surplus to requirements?” If Marrin really wants to answer that question and understand her subject, all she needs to do is take heed of the words of new Tory economic adviser Sir Alan Budd.

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National Equality Panel confirms that class is the main issue

Tuesday, J March 2010

Despite every effort to hide it, a recent report by an independent panel set up by the government confirms that class is the most important factor determining inequality in society. (more…)