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‘Forced labour’ used at World Cup stadium – Qatar 2022

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Amnesty International has made worrying claims at Qatar, ahead of the 2022 World Cup in their country. The human rights group has accused Qatar of using forced labour at their flagship stadium, which is being constructed to host football matches during the 2022 tournament. Amnesty has made claims that workers at Khalifa International Stadium are forced to live in squalid accommodation, pay huge recruitment fees, have had wages withheld and passports confiscated. The issue has...

Redbridge Indian Communities React To ‘Patronising’ Goldsmith Campaign

Redbridge's Indian communities have reacted to 'patronising' leaflets sent by mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith in the run-up to the election. A campaign leaflet sent by Goldsmith that was tailored to those from specific Indian groups stated he supported family-owned businesses and was against taxes on family jewellery. Cllr Varinder Singh Bola, who received a leaflet saying Goldsmith “campaigned for the Golden Temple to remain in the hands of the Sikh community," called the campaign "very distasteful" and "quite patronising to target ethnic communities"....

Sea level to increase over a metre during next century

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Worrying news has emerged from a new piece of research; sea levels are now forecast to rise over a metre during the upcoming century. This is more than double the previous estimate, and will need drastic action to prevent a global catastrophe caused by the increased water levels. The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Pennsylvania State University. The news will be terrifying to low laying islands, such...

Prison converting single cells into doubles prompting fears of overcrowding

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton, and it operated by G4S, is making single rooms into doubles to attempt to accommodate an increase in prisoners, but it has raised fears of serious overcrowding. The prison, the UK’s largest privately-run jail are to start sharing cells this summer, after it was told by the Government to cram in another 500 prisoners this July. This move has worried campaigners who see this move as a recipe for overcrowding and...

Amount of bankers earning over €1m up to almost 3,000

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor The City of London has more than three times as many multi-millionaire bankers as the rest of the European Union combined. The number of bankers with a take home pay of over one million Euros (£800k) per annum rose to almost 3 thousand in 2014, one of which made an astonishing €25 million. The UK, which houses Europe’s biggest financial district in London, dwarfs the rest of the EU bankers in terms of large salaries,...

The Myths that Drive Austerity

By Prof Mary Mellor The justification for austerity is that the public sector must live within its means. There is a plausibility in the claim that the state is like a household that should not spend more than it earns. This kind of ‘handbag economics’ draws its analogy from a mythical household. Real households do not live within their means. If they did the economy would grind to a halt. Modern prosperity is built upon debt and the main aim...

Brexit support likely to be overstated in polls

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Polls conducted via telephone calls that currently indicate a double-digit lead for the remain campaign are likely to accurately reflect the British Public’s voting intentions, a report claims. Analysis by one of the only major polling companies who correctly predicted the UK general election results says heavy reliance on internet polling overstates the support for the Brexit campaign. Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics, working alongside James Kanagasooriam of polling company Populus and they looked...

‘Temporary’ renationalisation of UK steel an option, says Tory Minister

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Tory Minister Anna Soubry made a shock admission as pressure grows to save the port Talbot steel plant. Business minister Soubry says 'temporary ownership' of Tata steel's assets could be an option. This comes as the company made the shock decision to put up for sale the loss making arms of its UK operation. The Tory minister said there is "huge sympathy" for the steel giant, but also added it is losing £1m a day....

Cats evicted from Cameron’s luxury hotel before his visit

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor It has been claimed that numerous stray cat shelters have been moved to clear up the area near the PMs luxurious getaway. The five-star hotel in Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands, have decided to forcefully evict the moggies from their homes. Almost 130 cats there are looked after by car lover Freddy Leon, who oversees Freddy’s Cathouse on the sun-kissed Spanish paradise. However, officials decided to move the shelters so they can spruce the...

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