The end of free speech as we know it

It’s farewell to your centuries-old right to free speech today, after your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs won their bid to get the Gagging Bill passed by the House of Lords. It won’t go back to the Commons because the Lords made no amendments.

While you, personally, will be allowed to continue complaining about anything you want, you will no longer have the ability to link up with others to protest government actions in any meaningful way as such action may breach Liberal Democrat and Tory government-imposed spending limits. Your personal complaints will be deemed unrepresentative of the people.

Read more here from Vox Political

Give Brum a Fair Deal

London basks in economic boom, while Birmingham ‘punches below its weight’

Britain’s economic recovery is dominated by job creation in London, leaving cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool struggling to keep up, a major economic study has found.

Ten times as many new jobs are being created in London than anywhere else and the capital remains a magnet for young adults who are leaving other English cities in their thousands to seek employment there.

However, the study by the Centre for Cities think tank rejects any suggestion that London’s economic growth should be artificially restrained and recommends instead that the Government help the economies of Birmingham and other English cities to grow by devolving powers and budgets.

Read more via The Chamberlain Files.

Stop unscrupulous employers exploiting loopholes

An interesting read from Gordonlyew…

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I have to say that I fully concur with Ed Miliband when he said that he wanted to stop unscrupulous recruiting agencies from hiring cheap foreign labour well below the national minimum wages or living wage which most recruiting agencies and some industries which are guilty of and the cheek of the CBI to make claims that it would cripple the recovery of the economy. Yet they were the same organization with their bedroom partners the conservatives were heavily criticizing a Labour Government for introducing the national minimum wage.

The Confederation of British Industry(CBI) in my opinion cannot have its cake and wanting to eating at the same time as CBI has always been a strong opponent of Labour and they say that they are a politically free organization yet half of its membership are large donors to the Conservative party which they fail…

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Nick Clegg’s scapegoating of immigrants is his most unforgiveable Tory collaboration yet – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Clegg has now swung to indulge the Tories’ ever-more hysterical campaign on immigration, backing a crusade devised by the Australian spinmeister Lynton Crosby

As Owen states, Nick Clegg’s scapegoating of immigrants is his most unforgiveable Tory collaboration yet – Comment – Voices – The Independent. This must be remembered at the polls.

How Ed Miliband can harness the rights tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014 – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Owen Jones

2014 has to be the year when left-wing populism flourishes – If you haven’t read this then please give up five minutes to do so.

via How Ed Miliband can harness the rights tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014 – Comment – Voices – The Independent.