By TARIQ ALI - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
[Thatcher's] legacy is clearly visible in the state of Britain today. It is essentially a story of decay and ruin: A small, post-imperial vassal state dependent on nostalgia and, more importantly, the United States to keep itself afloat. On the economy the Thatcherite model...was effectively the deindustrialization of the country...and laying the foundations for a financialised economic model that exploded with the Wall Street crash of 2008.
By Finian Cunningham - Dissident Voice
The class war that Thatcher unleashed in Britain is still raging. The rich have become richer, the poor decidedly more numerous and poorer. The decimation of workers’ rights and the unfettered power given to finance capital were hallmarks of Thatcher’s legacy and are to this day hallmarks of Britain’s current social decay...Margaret Thatcher was an intolerant militarist who always resorted to demagoguery, violence and starvation to get her political way. She was a criminal fascist who is now proclaimed to be a national hero.
Making ordinary Brits bear burdens they can't afford is policy. Expect new imposed hardships ahead. Tories and Labour are in lockstep. It bears repeating. Britain's heading toward third world status. It's on a fast track toward getting there.
"A Terror Without an Atom of Humanity:" Singer Morrissey's Scathing Letter to the Public About Margaret Thatcher
By Morrissey - April 9, 2013
...[S]he destroyed the British manufacturing industry, she hated the miners, she hated the arts, she hated the Irish Freedom Fighters and allowed them to die, she hated the English poor and did nothing at all to help them...She gave the order to blow up The Belgrano even though it was outside of the Malvinas Exclusion Zone...When the young Argentinean boys aboard The Belgrano had suffered a most appalling and unjust death, Thatcher gave the thumbs-up sign for the British press.
Thatcherism represents Chicago School fundamentalism writ large. She’s gone. She won’t be missed. She launched a corporatist revolution. She headed Britain down a slippery slope toward unfettered predatory capitalism.
By Garth Mullins - April 9, 2013
I'd like to pause and remember the "Iron Lady," who crushed British coal miners, attacked the unions, mortally wounded the social wage, bolstered apartheid, invaded the Falkland Islands, inaugurated a Brave New World of corporate globalization, created the poll tax and declared a class war that has spanned most of my life.
By Alex Snowdon - April 8, 2013
Margaret Thatcher is dead. Her policies as prime minister ruined the lives of millions of people. Now her political heirs are trying to extend the damage she did in ways she only dreamed of...We now face a Tory-led government that aims to build on Thatcher's legacy and extend it. Cameron and Osborne want to weaken the welfare state more thoroughly than Thatcher's administrations could ever hope to.
By Julie Hyland - 8 April 2013
The tragic deaths of six children in a house fire in England have been seized on by the Conservative Party and the media for a vitriolic campaign against a “feral underclass”.
By Laurie Penny - April 06, 2013
This week, 12 van-loads of police arrived at Sussex University...to evict students who had been occupying a room on campus for eight weeks. ...The suppression of student protest by the British state has been savage and efficient over the past three years. The students of Sussex were brave even to make the attempt. They knew all too well that they were risking arrest, serious criminal charges and physical violence from police and hired security, and that is what happened.
By Paul Mitchell - 4 April 2013
On April 1, the largest ever welfare cuts came into force in Britain. As a result, millions who already live on the breadline are to be driven further into destitution...For the next three years, most welfare benefits will be limited to just a 1 percent rise a year...Other benefits have been frozen including Child Benefit and the Working Tax Credit available to low-paid workers. Over nine million families will lose an average of £165 a year.
Poorest Set for "Perfect Storm" on Benefit Cuts: Britain's Low-Paid, Disabled and Jobless Will be Hit Hardest
By Emily Dugan - April 01, 2013
Britain's poorest will be hit by a "devastating" barrage of new cuts and taxes tomorrow, as a range of government welfare changes are introduced...Millions of households will struggle as low-paid workers, disabled people and the unemployed bear the brunt of welfare reform, according to analysis by the housing charity Crisis. It warns that homelessness will rise and queues for food banks will get longer.
By Paul Mitchell - 1 April 2013
Last week UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a major speech on immigration, further stoking up the vicious witch-hunt against migrant workers that has dominated British politics recently....“When it comes to illegal immigrants we are rolling up that red carpet and showing them the door...”
7th March 2013 - SchNEWS Issue 839
The absent owner of the bungalow could rest safe in the knowledge that the police were preventing a homeless man from seeking shelter in the forgotten property in -2 degree conditions...The otherwise healthy 35-year-old man Daniel Gauntlett died of hypothermia...[T]he man died unnecessarily as a direct result of the criminalization of squatting empty buildings, a law brought to the table, spearheaded and pushed through parliament by the morally vacant turd that is Mike Weatherley MP.
By Robert Stevens - 14 March 2013
Labour’s One Nation rhetoric and promulgation of filthy anti-immigrant policies has escalated in line with the deepening crisis of British capitalism...Evocations of “One Nation” Britain are Labour’s latest and more comprehensive offering to the ruling elite...of a means to divide workers in the UK from their class brothers and sisters in Europe and internationally in order to better carry out the destruction of jobs, wages and conditions.
By Julie Hyland - 11 March 2013
Plans for the wholesale privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) were laid bare in statutory regulations published by the Department of Health...Private sector encroachment into the NHS was already well established...but the last year has seen entire hospitals taken over by private companies. Under conditions in which the NHS is being subject to £20 billion of “efficiency savings”, everything has been set in place to transform the NHS wholly into a “for profit” entity.