House of Cards

The Con-Dem coalition staggers from one crisis to another. Tory MPs are not just in revolt against Clegg, but also against Cameron over the proposals to reform the House of Commons.

If agreed they would reduce the Lords from above 800 to 450 members. 80% would be elected for 15 years (by proportional representation) – if anyone could be bothered to vote for them and the remainder would be appointed by politicians – still enshrining the tradition of privilege and patronage. Why should such an anachronistic institution as the Lords exist anyway? The real battle is about who should have power in our country and what should be the future of parliament if it has one. What do we, the British people, understand by democracy when the main parliamentary parties are mired in sleaze, and all too willing to represent the interests of capital?

In the short term the survival of the Con-Dem coalition and the existence of the Lib-Dems are at stake. The longer term is our responsibility.

 

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In socialist China there has been a successful Targeted Poverty Alleviation program, one of the three guaranteed is safe housing, which after a mass mobilisation of Communist Party members has been achieved throughout the country
https://thetricontinental.org/studies-1-socialist-construction/

In Britain homelessness is expected to soar as Covid measured are ended. The idea of affordable homes has been a pious hope, but now safe homes will be beyond the means of increasing numbers of working people.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/oct/17/thousands-of-affordable-uk-homes-wont-be-built-because-of-safety-crisis

GMB members #Brightonbinworkers strike, against sudden changes in shifts & culture of bullying, has gone on for two weeks. The Green council's intransigence has led to health risks as rubbish piles up. Green's Tory allies have accused workers of Terrorism
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19652456.brighton-bin-strike-we-ready-settle---gmb/

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