A Tale of Two Societies – Scottish Socialist Party

by Sandra Webster It is ironic today when an Oxfam report tells a sorry tale of the inequalities of wealth on a global scale 1% owe 99% of the world’s resources, that we have to report the latest government attack on the most needy in our society. It is us who have to endure the cuts and now people on Employment Support Allowance (ESA), the sick and disabled are being attacked. PICTURE: OXFAM GB This is not new news like a series of other measures it was sneakily sent out before Christmas. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work …

Business as usual for Gideon and chums

Posted on November 25, 2015by sandrassp I have to give Gideon Osbourne credit where it is due. He is a master of the alchemy of economics. We expected today that more austerity would be piled on top of us, instead out of the cauldron he announced that the tax credit cuts were cancelled. Good news, but the reality is it is just business as usual. The tax credits cuts may be cancelled but that was going to happen anyway as the behemoth of Universal Credit rolls in by 2020. Gideon says there will still be cuts of 12 billion in …

PLASTIC BAG ECONOMICS. REASONS TO BE UNCHEERFUL PART 1003.

by sandrassp So it is that annual week of festivities for left activists. The show that is the Tory Party annual conference. They have ventured north of the Watford Gap galvanised by the election result which gave them a majority which they will use to inflict further misery. While the social media showed images of a tory being egged, Boris being ping ponged, the real human tragedies of cuts to working people and the poor are being played out inside the hotels. Cameron and Osbourne  have used every opportunity that there will be no u-turns on the cuts to tax credits …

Benefit cuts link to deaths | Scottish Socialist Voice

Posted on October 2, 2015 by Scottish Socialist Voice by Sandra Webster, SSP national co-spokesperson All deaths impact on the family and friends of the person who has died. Especially so when it is by someone’s own hand. Frequently, suicide is accompanied by the guilt of those left behind while they wonder if they could have helped. Coroners rarely comment on the reasons for a suicide but for the first time a British coroner laid the blame of Michael O’Sullivan’s suicide at the benefits system that had failed him. In previous tragedies, the failure of the DWP and the Kafkaesque benefits …