National interest? Cameron governs in his own – and that of the rich

We were discussing David Cameron and the respect due to him for his record in government. You may recall that the phrase used most often when the Coalition was formed (publicly, at least) in May 2010 was “in the national interest“. This week, his government’s work has included extending the amount of time new claimants will have to wait for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) from three days to seven days. This will be music to the ears of payday lender companies like Conservative Party donor Wonga.com, whose…

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How private firms take unfair advantage over the public sector to get government contracts

Did you know that £1 in every £3 spent by the government goes to an independent or private-sector service provider? If you also recall government ministers bemoaning the fact that £1 in every £4 spent by the government was borrowed, as they said very often during the first year or so of the Coalition, and you bear in mind the fact that all private companies must make a profit, you’ll come to a fairly damning conclusion. Did you know, also, that private companies – while free to hide behind commercial…

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