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The Legacy of Thatcherite Economics

By James Clark The Thatcherite legacy has remained ingrained in the centre right consensus of mainstream political politics for decades. The Winter of Discontent hammered the final nail of stigma into the British Trade Union movement. Whilst a crisis of supply side inflationary pressure eat away at pay packets, strikes were the only reasonable means of maintaining a decent standard of living for the average public sector worker. Thatcher’s response in countering these external supply shocks was to obliterate workers pay,...

VIDEO – claims Russian made helicopter hit & marine killed

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A video of Syrian rebels allegedly hitting a Russian-made helicopter, and killing a Marine, which was searching for the pilots of the su-24 jet downed today on the Turkey/Syria border, has emerged. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, it was struck with an anti-tank missile. It is claimed a Russain marine was killed during the operation. In the film released by the FSA a missile can be seen travelling towards the helicopter, which...

Mafia has joined fight against IS

By Steve Taggart First it was hackers Anonymous now the Mafia has joined the fight against ISIS. A member of the notorious Gambino New York crime family has warned it not to try anything in the big apple, as it is under Mafia protection. The Mafia has apparently enjoyed a revival in America in the last few years as funding has been diverted away from fighting organised crime into the global threat of terrorism. In a TV interview Giovanni Gambino,...

A Brief History of Austerity

By Harold Stone Austerity comes from the Ancient Greek austērós meaning harshness, sourness or bitterness. It roughly translates as “to singe the tongue”. From this idea of discomfort, an austere person came to mean a stern person, someone who treats others harshly. One of the slaves in the Bible for example, says to his master “I feared thee, because thou art an austere man”. Around the time Christians started to denounce the world (“do not love the world nor the...

Muslim woman thanks Geordie passengers who saved her from anti-muslim abuse

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A muslim lady was subjected to an anti-muslim rant during a journey on public transport, luckily other passengers stepped in to stop the abuse and eject the culprit. Ruhi Rehman, 23 from Newcastle was told she was going to "bomb the train" and told her it was "my country." Ruhi was sitting quietly on a Metro service - Newcastle-upon-Tyne's version of the London Underground - when a man demanded she get off the train. Luckily...

Turkey shoots down Russian jet – VIDEO FOOTAGE

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Turkey's military say they have today shot down a Russian war plane near its border with Syria after the jet violated Turkish air space. It is claimed the Russian jet failed to listen to numerous warnings over a five minute period. The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 jet was shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter planes after ignoring nearly a dozen warnings, Turkish army officials said. However, Russia's Ministry of Defence claims the jet was in Syrian...

Shoppers Avoid High Street on ‘Black and Blue’ Friday

 By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  British shoppers say they will be avoiding the high street this Black Friday after the events of 2014 which led to police involvement in several major retailers. The research shows ‘Black and Blue Friday’ is now competing with boozy ‘Mad Friday’ as emergency services are pushed to the limit. Indeed, a whopping 82 per cent of those polled say the mayhem of last year’s event has put them off shopping instore because they would feel...

Thinking Local on a Global Day of Giving

By Lewis Garland “Black Friday” evokes images of feral, foraging bargain hunters and TV screen tug-of-wars. Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday has become something of an antidote to these consumerist excesses. Taking place on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a global day of philanthropy . The emergence of Giving Tuesday has created a valuable space for the voices of charities, altruistic causes and community projects, rarely heard amid the clunking of shopping trollies....

£40bn UK budget deficit in 2020 if chancellor sticks to spending cuts

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor A City University report has revealed that the Chancellor could be forced to borrow billions of pounds more than predicted by 2020 if he continues with his huge spending cuts. The Chancellor's autumn statement will be announced this week and the University study claims the Treasury has drastically underestimated the impact of departmental and welfare cuts on the wider economy. The report singled out the cuts to public sector investment as a major factor in...

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