“The BBC have reported that the Serious Fraud Office have launched a criminal investigation into Tesco, in light of accounting irregularities…which resulted in them overstating their profits by a cool quarter of a billion pounds.” Toby Blume takes a look at some encouraging signs that the Government is starting to stand up to multi-national corporations.
The death of liberal education
“Every new idea always seems better than the one it is designed to replace – that we keep on replacing them so frequently tells us something about the quality of the ideas offered as solutions, as much as the ones laid aside as old hat.” Michael Merrick laments the decline of liberal education in English schools and its impact on young people.Originally posted on Outside In
Beware the ‘soft bigotry of low expectations’
“But our efforts will be thwarted if Ministers in charge perpetuate – unwittingly or otherwise – the very same prejudices and low expectations that stand in our way.” Neil Crowther offers his reflections on the recent comments from Lord Freud on employment of disabled people.Originally posted on Making rights make sense
An Open Letter to the LGBT+ Community
“So, LGBT community. Please help us. Our equality, our independence, our jobs, our education, and even our lives depend on winning this fight.” Lisa Egan writes an open letter to the LGBT+ community and asks them to invoke the spirit of the film Pride and support disabled people who are bearing the brunt of the Coalition’s austerity drive.Originally posted on Where's the Benefit?
10 questions for UKIP
“I thought I would ask ten questions of UKIP, so that we can shine a little more light on their programme for government should any of them get elected or even hold the balance of power next May…” Jon Harvey suggests we look beyond UKIP’s antics to ask some serious questions about their policies.Originally posted on A Just Future: Fair for All
Chris Grayling: Cooking up a prison crisis
“Whichever way you choose to look at the problem, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to deny the facts. We have too many people in prison… and too few staff to manage them. This dangerous combination of factors is creating a highly toxic mix.” Alex Cavendish examines the pressures facing prisons.Originally posted on Prison UK: An Insider's View
Prisoners are a part of society. Time to face this fact
“[W]hen campaigners are fighting for more prison sentences for people, remember, it costs money, and all very well locking people up and feeling satisfied when this happens. But 95% of those people at some point will return to society…” Tracey McMahon argues that society has a duty to help prisoners after they are released.Originally posted on Tracey McMahon Blog