This week, The Responsible Reform Report was released, condemning both the content and the process of the UK Governments controversial Welfare Reform Bill. Dubbed the Spartacus Report, it concludes that the government broke its own rules of consultation, misrepresented the views of respondents, and used flawed figures in its business case. This report was not produced by a Judge, following a year-long multi billion pound public inquiry, but through open source contributions made by disabled people across the country, utilising social media – and made available for free to the world over the internet. Overnight, the #spartacusreport become a top trend on twitter, the report was downloaded millions of times all over the world, and is twibbons stating ‘I Support Spartacus’ are all over Facebook and twitter…whilst the mainstream media is almost silent on it.
This article explores the findings of the Spartacus Report and the media ignorance maintained around it.
I heard something on the radio last night which made me furious. It wasn’t Diane Abbott…it was the news that Hungary has outlawed homelessness. It is now a criminal offence, to find yourself without a home in Budapest. The Occupy Movement exists to be the amplified human megaphone of sanity, in the context of a world gone mad with a bloodlust for ‘making it’ and victim blaming.
This article discusses the Hungary situation, together with further examples from the UK and how we need to radically alter our conversation, if we want to live in a transformed world where nightmares like this are distant memories.
After 18 long years, two of the men responsible for the murder of Stephen Lawrence have been found guilty of the crime, and sentenced. The reaction of both of Stephen’s parents, Doreen and Neville, was dignified and refreshingly candid. While the mainstream media crows over how this case changed the world, and transformed the Metropolitan Police into an equal opportunities zone – most people know that this is simply and sadly not the case. In this article, we examine some of the more heinous examples of corruption, racism and violence in the UK police force in the 18 years since the death of Stephen Lawrence.
As many of Britain’s project managers, doctors, accountants and nurses awoke to their first day back to work they have been met by drastic increases in their rail fares. Commuters stood before ticket booths across the country, open mouthed as the reality of the fare increases flashed across screens. This article discusses just how the Great British Train robbery occurred, how it is just one among many of the symptoms of a global systemic failure, leaving the 99% confused, disenfranchised and frankly, skint…and finally, what you can do about it.
This week in London, the City of London Corporation is attempting to gain an eviction order for the St Paul’s camp. Justice Lindblom has presided over 5 days of evidence from both sides. Meanwhile, Occupy London have occupied their own court house in Old Street, and enlisted the support of legal professionals, to begin to put those responsible for the financial crisis on trial. Today’s article brings you reports from both courts, and the inspirational tale of how to Occupy Justice.
It can be all too easy to see the Occupy Movement as a western phenomenon, centred on Wall Street and London. However, as the weeks have rolled on, the movement has become a truly global conversation. Now with over 2000 occupations, in every populated continent on the planet. Today’s article brings you stories from the Occupations all over the world, from camps you may not have seen in the news of the papers.
This morning, members of Occupy London in collaboration with Veterans for Peace, took occupation of The Old Street Magistrates Court building in London, UK. In their initial statement, the occupiers state their intention to hold trials of the 1% responsible for the global economic crisis. Today’s article reports from the Old Street occupation, and sets the occupation in context – Occupy is no longer waiting for the broken wheels of justice to turn in its favour, it has seized the wagon.
MF Global’s Guide to Casino Banking – The House Always Wins
The Occupy Movement’s successful slogan of the 99%-1% equality gap may well need to be revised, as the 1% begins feasting on its own members. The story which has yet to hit headline news around the world, yet independent media sources have been covering extensively, is the collapse of MF Global – the 8th biggest bankruptcy case in US history and the biggest banking collapse since Lehman Brothers. Today’s article takes a look at the seditious acts of corporate greed, and the role of the City of London as the world’s largest money launderer, which make this story top of the news agenda for anyone interested in economic justice.
In the week that TIME Magazine, made ‘The Protester’ its person of the year, the Occupy movement held Occupy Everywhere Day (D15). The Occupy Movement encouraged sneaky, cheeky acts of civil disobedience around the globe, and got it. You might not have seen it on the news, but this article takes you along for a journey through the day of Occupy London, who spent the day reclaiming public spaces, and bringing festive cheer to the streets of London.
On 7th October 2008, The Royal Bank of Scotland, at the time the world’s largest bank measured in assets, failed. The UK government made the choice to inject £45 billion of public money into the Bank and effectively nationalise it to avoid what was predicted to be global financial armageddon. This week, the Financial Services Authority issues a report condemning bad practise at RBS, and poor oversight by itself, for this enormous failure and tax payer loss. However, no further action will be taken against any of those responsible. This article tells the RBS story and shines light on the hypocrisy and double standards demonstrated in this case.