ConDem government launches all-out attack on your freedoms (who’ll get your vote next week?)

It’s all been about freedom this week – or the lack of it. A couple of days ago, Mark McGowan took an unconventional journey to Downing Street. Mr McGowan, who has bowel cancer, decided to highlight the government’s privatisation of the NHS by pushing a toy pig, with his nose, the 4.1 miles from Kings College Hospital, in Camberwell Green, to 10 Downing Street in protest against regulations being discussed that day in the House of Lords. The new rules¬†force commissioning groups to open all services to commercial competition, unless…

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Are British workers being lured into health insurance that will never pay out?

Working people in the UK could be facing a huge drain on their income, if they join an insurance scheme being offered by a discredited American firm. It seems that the company behind the hated Work Capability Assessment that has denied disability benefits to thousands of genuinely sick and disabled people, has begun a mass-marketing campaign to encourage able-bodied members of the British public to invest in ‘Income Protection Insurance’, and another scheme known as the ‘Back-up Plan’. This insurance scheme is only available via the workplace, and it is…

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When big business dabbles with welfare; a cautionary tale

“Jack Gilligan, who was the Democratic governor of Ohio… said ‘You know there will never be democracy in America when big business can buy both parties and expect a pay-off, whichever one wins. And you know, a touch of that may possibly have spread in this direction.” Tony Benn. I have been researching the relationship between US insurance giant (and lawbreaker) Unum and successive UK governments –¬†Conservative, New Labour and Coalition – and the minimal research I have managed so far tells me that, if there’s one thing the Labour…

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