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Corporations will rule Governments if TTIP goes ahead

"When corporations sit above Government, we are in big, big trouble." You have probably already heard and read about TTIP, but maybe you aren't quite sure how it will effect you? In a nutshell, TTIP stands for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. TTIP is a proposed deal between the EU and the US aimed at making it easier for the world’s two biggest economies to trade, leading to a projected increase in income for both continents. TTIP sets to make trade...

‘No Platform’ Feeds The Right’s Narrative Of Fear

I've been to many university debates and spoken in more than a few. I've heard one man compare gay marriage to Nazism, a 19-year-old claim he was a 'survivor' of abortion and an Israeli student joke about killing more Palestinians. Sometimes outrageous or offensive statements cause shock, more often delayed laughter but they never go unchallenged. The National Union of Students would rather not allow potentially controversial debates to take place. The 'no platform' policy once used to shut down...

King’s College Withdraws Speaking Invitation To Boris Johnson Following Obama Remarks

King's College London has withdrawn a speaking invitation offered to Boris Johnson followed remarks about Barack Obama's heritage. The London Mayor hit out at Obama after the US President made a trip to the UK to campaign for the UK to remain in the EU. Johnson said "part-Kenyan" Obama might have an "ancestral dislike of the British Empire" which prompted him to back the Remain campaign, which will compete with Vote Leave in June. In his Sun column he suggested Obama purposefully removed...

BHS On The Brink

UK retailer BHS is on the brink and could file for administration as early as Monday, according to sources close to the owners. Department store chain British Home Stores could join Woolworths on the scrapheap of high-street staples. The loss-making store was bought out by financiers, lawyers and accountants with no retail experience and came close to closure last month with a rescue deal from creditors keeping the company solvent. But time could have run out for BHS. Sources close...

Government plans to part-nationalise UK steel plants

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Government has announced that it is willing to take up to a quarter of Tata’s UK steel assets and offer hundreds of millions of pounds to help finance their debts if a buyer can be found for the loss making plants. This part-nationalisation was unveiled after business secretary Sajid Javid said the Government would consider a “co-invest” in the British steel industry. Plans could mean the Government procuring a minority stake in various UK...

Turkish court throws out 275 convictions in Erdogan coup plot

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The Turkish appeals court has decided to overturn 275 convictions from 2013 involving a military chief in retirement and a host of other senior figures, accused of plotting a coup against his Government. At the time the case was seen as a chance for Erdogan to clip the wings the military and secularist establishment. This case appeared to shift the balance of power at the heart of the Turkish establishment. In 2013, ex-military chief General...

Ched Evans rape conviction quashed

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Ched Evans has just had his rape conviction quashed through the Court of Appeal in London, however he faces a new trial. Evans, who played for Wales, was incarcerated in 2012 for raping a woman at a hotel in North Wales. In October 2014 he was released from prison, after serving half of his jail term. He has not been able to secure a football contract anywhere due to his jail term. The former Sheffield...

Obama arrives in UK to tell Britain to stay in the EU

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The US President Barack Obama has flown into the UK to urge Britain to remain in the EU. The PM, David Cameron, has urged voters to “listen to advice from friends and other countries.” He also said that: “I struggle to find the leader of any friendly country that thinks we should leave” Obama and his Wife Michelle are coming to our shores ahead of talks at Number 10 on Friday. Barack will take lunch...

VIDEO – McDonnell calls on industrial action to overthrow the Government

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor During a public rally, at the weekend, the Shadow Chancellor said he would support direct action by teachers, nurses and junior doctors. He turned on casino bankers who brought on the worst recession since the 1930s. He said that Tory Government used the economic downturn to cut benefits to the poorest in society. McDonnell also promised to end austerity, stop the privatisation of the NHS and to build a huge number of new council houses....

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