Is this England? highlights the imbalances of power and burning injustices within England, where decisions are taken to serve the elites rather than the common good of the English people.
You’ll find our latest posts here, with many more examples below.
Corporate behaviour: Theresa May’s corporate governance reforms are a shadow of what she promised in her manifesto, as shown here. Meanwhile, the excesses and unscrupulous behaviour continue.
- 13/09/2017: 2 Sisters boss called to give evidence to Commons inquiry
- 11/09/17: Water privatisation looks little more than an organised rip-off
- 29/08/17: Feeble plans show May has bottled it on boardroom reforms, warns top union boss
- 26/08/17: Five top FTSE-100 bosses paid eye-watering sums… to the fury of their investors who complain about their share price
- 21/08/17: May shelves plan for crackdown on high pay
Powerful elites: Examples of the elites preserving their wealth at the expense of the common good.
- 12/10/17: Duke of Westminster’s estate pays just fraction in death duties
- 09/09/17: How the aristocracy preserved their power
Financial system: The financial crash of 2008 exposed a system that is failing to work for the common good. But how much has changed?
Transport: We’ve posted about the lack of infrastructure spending in the North here. See also:
- 28/08/17: Rail services connecting major towns and cities in the North are four times slower than in the South
- 23/08/17: Six northern Labour leaders demand fair deal from the Tories on transport
Gambling: We’ve covered issues of exploitation in the gambling industry, and the government’s failure to act on FOBTs here.
- 31/09/17: Gambling firm 888 penalised record £7.8m for failing vulnerable customers
- 31/09/17: Revealed: how gambling industry targets poor people and ex-gamblers
- 31/09/17: Revealed: tipsters deliberately recommend losing bets to punters
- 27/09/17: High street betting must clean up its act
- 24/09/17: Number of problem gamblers in the UK rises to more than 400,000
Universities: Universities are continuing to reward Vice Chancellors with huge pay packets and fancy houses while students get saddled with debt. Read the coverage:
- No wonder university fees are soaring! The fat-cat vice chancellors who live rent-free in lavish homes worth £60m
- Universities have spent more on expensive managers since the introduction of fees
Housing: The UK’s housing market exacerbates inequality, with power concentrated in the hands of owners. Here are some of the worst examples:
- 13/10/17: Low-income tenants battle soaring rents
- 03/10/2017: Homeless facing worst winter crisis for 20 years, says Big Issue founder
- 01/10/2017: Renters pay £54bn to private landlords in buy-to-let boom
- 19/09/2017: Local councils blame Tory cuts for dramatic surge in homelessness
- 14/09/2017: Government spends four times more subsidising private housing than building affordable homes
- A £7,600-plus service charge on my flat above a shop is bankrupting me
- Every Flat in a New South London Development Has Been Sold to Foreign Investors