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Wu-Tang Forever: Ol' Dirty Bastard's Role in American Welfare Reform

Ten years after the rapper's death, a friend explains why—and how—he had an MTV crew film him taking a limo to collect food stamps.

McGuinness: I am calling therefore on the SDLP to withdraw their candidates in Fermanagh/South Tyrone, Upper Bann and North Belfast

Just when you think there aren’t any more rabbits in that Sinn Fein hat, Martin McGuinness pulled another one out of it today and just before the SDLP conference. Whilst the SDLP were hoping for a focus on welfare reform and budget cuts, it will now be overshadowed somewhat by an offer from McGuinness for more...

Great Britons: Octavia Hill – The English Social Reformer Who Helped Found England’s National Trust

Octavia Hill was an English social reformer, whose main concern was the welfare of the inhabitants of cities, especially London, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Born into a family with a strong commitment to alleviating poverty, she herself grew up in straitened circumstances owing to the financial failure of her father. Show More Summary

Haslam Water Carrier, Jon Alfuth, Claims to Be the Voice of Teachers

Jon Alfuth has tapped in to the main artery of corporate welfare education reform schooling in Tennessee, with a blog up called Bluff City Education, where Alfuth leads a team of fellow TFA cult members in massaging and pasting up all the news that corporate education reformers want to frame for educator and parent consumption in West Tennessee. Show More Summary

We’re just managing poverty (and those who experience it) rather than tackling and overcoming it

2 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

This is my response to an article on Slugger O’Toole describing welfare reform as the “horror show“. The article itself was excellent, in the sense that it gave an entirely fair commentary of many of the opinions held on welfare reform (albeit limited to a particular, often unrepresentative sector). However, most of these are based more...

While Brussels Burns In "Anti-Austerity" Riots, Here Is The Real Reason For Europe's Depression

Riot police clashed with demonstrators in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Thursday amid a massive protest against government plans to reform the country’s welfare system. This comes on the heels of violent French, Italian, and Spanish...Show More Summary

Should Stormont be cut down to size?

The immediate emphasis in the Stormont talks has been on welfare reform and the budget, but the politicians are also discussing the not-entirely-unconnected question of cutting the size of the government. The DUP has circulated a paper reaffirming its support for fewer departments and fewer MLAs. Show More Summary

India links: Clean India, Dengue fever, Kashmir, China-India standoff, welfare reforms and more

Last week, PM Modi launched a new 'Clean India' initiative. Amy Kazmin argues that the biggest hurdle will be in changing the mindset of Indians towards the task. How a comic book is attempting to break down taboos around menstruation...Show More Summary

The reality of welfare reform: “it’s a horror show”

3 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

  At the NICVA offices along the Duncairn Gardens on Wednesday, an important conference was held to open up debate about the future of welfare reform in Northern Ireland. It was one of those crisp autumn days which one likes to think of as typical of the atmosphere of cool, reasoned thinking. After heated debate more...

Sugar and Spice

Lord Sugar of 'The Apprentice' fame has stopped into the ongoing row over welfare benefits, but in a way that is unlikely to please the leadership Labour Party who have struggled to get into step with voters over need to reform the present system. Show More Summary

Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign

Liam Fox has launched a series of ‘One Minute Fox’ videos in which he sets out his position on various hot issues from the threat of fundamentalism to welfare reform. He unveiled… Continue reading The post Liam Fox launches One Minute Fox campaign appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ivan Lewis: I have made it clear that I want to stay in NI until the election and beyond

3 weeks agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

On Monday night I caught up with the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Ivan Lewis MP to get his views on welfare reform, the Secretary of State and his own future as he marks a year in the job. I began by asking him, how he thought the Secretary of State was handling the current talk’s process more...

Stormont: When is a deal not a deal?

Given the ramifications for the public of the deadlock at the Northern Ireland Assembly over budgets and welfare reform, the failure to elect a new assembly speaker may seem exclusively of concern to those inside the Belmont "beltway"...Show More Summary

Welfare Group Brands Twiggy Reforms As 'Cruel, Harsh And Inhumane'

The Forrest Review into Aboriginal employment has been savaged by a key welfare group.

PUP conference review – in favour of opposition; against welfare reform but critical of Sinn Féin

last monthNews : Slugger O'Toole

This year’s Progressive Unionist Party conference [party website down!] was held in the Dunsilly Hotel outside Antrim. About 80 delegates were present, around 40% were women. The audience seemed a little younger than previous years. It was good to see the party open to listening to critical friends during the panel discussion. In the morning more...

The War On Spending: Hockey And Abbott Beat A Hasty Budget Retreat

The Abbott Government has backed down on another key component of the 2014 budget, this time abandoning welfare reforms. Ben Eltham explains.

It’s time we actually debate welfare reform

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

After weeks of debate about welfare reform in Northern Ireland, it must be said that we haven’t actually debated welfare or reform. In fact, the argument, at its core, has been about power and responsibility, which, at this point, neither the DUP or Sinn Féin seem to want. We desperately need leadership and we’re not more...

Mickey Brady: Why Welfare cuts must be opposed

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

As the debate continues on over welfare reform, Sinn Fein MLA and Deputy Chairman of the DSD Committee, Mickey Brady, writes for Slugger about why proposed cuts should be opposed. The Tory-led coalition has sought to sell welfare cuts on the false premise of Strivers verses Skivers.  Nothing could be further from the truth. The cuts more...

Miliband: Stormont parties must carry on with welfare reform

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

It’s well worth watching Stephen Walker’s interview with Ed Miliband in Manchester for last night’s Newsline. It’s not good news for Sinn Fein who’ve been counting Macawberlike for something to turn up with regard to their hold out on the negotiated welfare reform deal: “The Labour leader said his party would abolish what he calls more...

Labour Party: “Making no progress on welfare has financial implications. It is not a cost-free choice…”

2 months agoNews : Slugger O'Toole

As Mick mentioned, the repeated attempts to blame the fallout from the Northern Ireland Executive’s deadlock on Welfare Reform on “the right wing Tory/DUP austerity agenda“, or “the British Tory Government“, or, more frequently, “a cabinet of Tory millionaires“,  have been dealt a blow by clarification of the Labour Party’s position by the Shadow NI Secretary of more...

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