Tory cuts result in 131,000 preventable deaths in the UK By Barry Mason

12 June 2019 — WSWS

A reversal of public health initiatives has led to 130,000 preventable deaths since 2012. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank lays the blame on austerity measures pursued by the 2010 Conservative/ Liberal Democrat government and continued by the Tory government of Theresa May.

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Zizek: Only a pan-European left can defeat ‘populism’

6 June 2019 — RT

Slavoj ZizekSlavoj Zizek is a cultural philosopher. He’s a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University.

After last week’s European Parliament elections has everything changed or has absolutely nothing changed?

There were some spectacular details, such as the crushing defeat of both main parties in the United Kingdom. However, these should not blind us to the basic fact that nothing really big and surprising happened. Yes, the populist new right did make progress, but it remains far from a prevailing trend.

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UK: Government of Denial: Crisis? What Crisis?

15 May 2019 — True Publica

Robert Woodward – TruePublica contributing editor: Looking at the Conservative party as it is right now, it would be easy to believe they are of a different species, who speak a different language, who came from a different world – a different dimension even. Every day a new statistic of our failing nation feels more like the opening of festering wounds, the result of a banking-led crisis in 2008, itself the making of failed and weak politicians who caved into the lobbying practices of the most corrupt in corporate power. ‘Old Blighty’ now seems like a good term, for Britain is now so badly damaged, so blighted in almost every metric of well-being that society’s life-blood is literally draining away in front of our very eyes. And irrespective of your stance on the big issue of the day, Brexit is the result of politicians by the politicians but for the country, it is like Britain has had its throat slit.

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Podemos could lose half its seats in Spain’s general election By Alejandro López and Paul Mitchell

2 April 2019 — WSWS

Support for Spain’s pseudo-left Podemos party has slumped ahead of the April 28 general election as a result of its pro-austerity, pro-Socialist Party (PSOE) policies.

Polls suggest the share of the vote for the Podemos-United Left coalition has crashed from 21.1 percent at the last election to a12.3 percent, and that it could lose up to half of its 71 seats in Congress.

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Can the Left Look to Portugal for an Alternative to Austerity? By Asad Ismi

1 March 2019 — Global Research

While social-democratic parties all over Europe have been losing power and popularity, the centre-left Portuguese government is being lauded even by the mainstream media for defying the European Union (EU) with its anti-austerity policy and thereby sparking an economic recovery in the country.

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The war on the poor

1 March 2019 — True Publica

The war on the poor

TruePublica: This is the latest depressing news of the ideological war on the poor in Britain. Although much of what is reported below is known to some extent, most of the stories below were reported in just the last few weeks. This article then highlights some interesting facts, the underlying reasons for these deliberately driven social disasters, the ideology behind it and concludes with what might come next.

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