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“Beer and sandwiches in Number 10”

Many people know the phrase “beer and sandwiches in Number 10”. The expression came into being during Harold Wilson’s first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Whenever Wilson had any negotiating to do with trade union leaders, he would invite them to his official residence – Number 10 Downing Street, London – for … Continue reading

Covid-19: Authorities in England, Wales, and Scotland fail on replacing free school meals

Around 1.3million children around the UK currently get free school meals, mostly because their parents get certain benefits, such as Universal Credit or working tax credit. When the schools were shut the authorities realised that they needed to compensate families who would struggle to provide meals at home that had been provided free at school. … Continue reading

Saudi Aramaco: Human Rights come second to profits

We hear a lot of talk from financial firms about environmental, social and governance investing (ESG). Yet Saudi Aramaco owned by the repressive Saudi government has issued one of the most successful bond deals ever. Saudi Aramaco was looking to raise $10 billion but got more than $100 billion in bids so ended up deciding … Continue reading

Yellow Jackets hit the streets of Paris

The French Yellow Vests (Mouvement des gilets jaunes) will be on the streets in Paris this Saturday. They will be marking the end of Macron’s fake “great debate” which they call the “big blah blah”. Saturday will also be a celebration of four months since the beginning of the movement. And what a four months … Continue reading

Yellow vests and unions team-up against Macron

Strikes and protests swept France on Tuesday as the grassroots gilet jaune (Yellow Vest) movement and trade ­unionists came together for the first time in significant numbers. The Yellow Vests have put tens of thousands of people onto the streets every Saturday for 12 weeks in a row. A movement that began over fuel prices has … Continue reading

Foodbank use likely to break all records this Christmas

Shamefully Foodbank use this Christmas is set to be the busiest on record, the Trussell Trust warns. The charity said that its 400 foodbanks are expected to be called upon to deliver more emergency food supplies over the Christmas period than ever before. Numbers are expected to be higher than last December, when the Trust … Continue reading

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