Denying future generations the opportunities they deserve

Myself, Tony Benn and Jeremy Corbyn were among those MPs who rebelled against Tony Blair’s decision to introduce tuition fees in 1998.

I remember speaking alongside student campaigners for free education who rightly warned that the Labour government’s decision was the thin end of the wedge when it came to passing the costs of education on to students themselves.…
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Cuts are no route out of poverty

First, I would like to thank the Morning Star for giving me the opportunity to write a regular column for the paper on austerity Britain and the paper’s support against those who wish to exclude me permanently from the Labour Party, which is much appreciated.

Over 85 years this paper has been an essential voice for social justice and peace and is needed now more than ever.…
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Jeremy has dealt the Tories defeat after defeat

THE Tories expected to write a script for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour as a weak, irrelevant opposition. Yet, as they review the wreckage of their budget, they must surely know this is not going to plan.

Indeed, polling suggests some of their key policy proposals are now more out of touch with the British people than ever before — from benefit cuts for disabled people to the need for action to save our steel, to the forced academisation of schools.…
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Building a Britain that works for all

Jeremy Corbyn was right to say this week that the Budget the Chancellor delivered was “actually a culmination of six years of failure” and that “this is a recovery built on sand.”

Almost all the growth in our wealth in recent years has gone to the richest 1 per cent, while working-class and middle-class families have seen real incomes cut by 9per cent since the banking crisis.…
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Osborne’s budget lacked a vision for a better future

George Osborne’s budget this week represented a continuation of the same economic strategy that has seen the richest 1% watch their wealth double while ordinary families struggle to make ends meet.

Whilst there were some sweeteners for voters, it lacked a vision for a better future and showed the Chancellor is not listening to the growing coalition of voices – from the experts at the IMF and OECD to our trade unions – that our saying government investment is needed to navigate the choppy waters ahead.…
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