Articles by Scriptonite Daily
I’m a brown, gay, writer, blogger and activist. I come at the world from a lefty feminist perspective. My basic question is: how do we make a world that works for everyone?
Benefits Britain and the rise of poverty porn
“They used to have a word for media programming used to distort public mood in favour of a political goal by using misrepresented data: propaganda.” Scriptonite argues that we must demand better from the media in how they portray the welfare state.
Here is how the UK Govt hid 1 million jobless from official unemployment figures
One of the purported achievements of the Coalition Government’s disastrous economic policy of austerity, has been the unemployment figures. Pundits say that at 7.8% (2.51m) they are nothing to shout about but not the disastrous rates seen in states such as Greece (26.9%) or Spain (26.3%). In reality, the unemployment rate is more than double this in […]
Wealth inequality in UK now equal to Nigeria, UN report
“The self-reliance rhetoric from the current government might be the hardest to swallow yet, considering that so many key figures in the austerity onslaught wouldn’t know self-reliance if it smacked them in the face.” Scriptonite Daily explains how something’s trickling down - but it’s not wealth.
Wonga and the payday loansharks to be outlawed?
With wages falling, costs rising, and social safety nets being torn asunder – UK citizens are turning, in ever greater numbers, to pay day lenders to plug the gap. In the past, the poor were protected from predatory lenders by Usury Laws which made extortionate interest rates illegal. Yet in today’s Usury Kingdom, crime pays. One petitioner […]
The birth of a police state: UK police to be granted sweeping new powers
“[W]hat will it take for the slumbering British public to awake?” Scriptonite Daily explains how we are losing our liberties.
Cameron’s phoney ‘war on porn’ is actually a war on privacy
“David Cameron is attempting a bloodless coup of the free internet, inside a paper mache Trojan Horse of Daily Mail headlines.” Scriptonite Daily explains why the Government’s ‘new’ announcement is really about the privacy of adults, not the protection of children.
The National Health Service (NHS) celebrates its 65th birthday today. While coalition politicians cut ribbons, they are also busy cutting the lifelines that make the service viable. Ceaseless scare stories, never ending costly reorganisations, rampant commercialisation and privatisation, and deliberate loading of unsustainable debt onto hospital balance sheets. It is time for a reminder of what […]
Last year, ten thousand six hundred sick and disabled people died within weeks of losing their benefits, after Atos assessed them as ‘fit to work’. Thierry Breton, boss of IT firm Atos, has just been awarded a £280k pay rise, bringing his total remuneration to £2.3m a year. While disabled people were hounded to death for a […]
“The Government is certainly Making Work Pay …just not for 99% of the population.” Scriptonite Daily urges action against widening inequality.
“The commercialisation of our public services has been a manifest failure, and the response offered by the mainstream parties is that we simply haven’t commercialised them enough.” Scriptonite Daily challenges the dominant idea that public services should be run like businesses.
“As the UK breaks up for Easter weekend most people are quietly ignorant, by circumstance or choice, of the beginning of the end of the welfare state, which begins on Easter Monday.” Scriptonite Daily examines the changes that are about to happen - and calls for people to get involved in challenging them.
UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget yesterday informed the nation that by 2018 national debt will have doubled since 2010, whilst the welfare state and living standards have been crushed. If debt is going up, and services are being cut, where is the money actually going? Short history of UK national debt National Debt was a facility created […]