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Politics of inequality and injustice

It feels as the leading political parties and their local MP candidates are trying to capture voters through a mutually agreed template of issues like trident, NHS, immigration and alike.

Occasionally they might touch upon what is happening outside Britain but mostly in following up the   calculated votes and therefore siding with the foreign events to stir up emotions in certain communities, more so in the marginal constituencies like Harrow East. There is hardly any moral and political expression in the context of socio-economic conflicts and contradictions, requiring justice and equality. For example:

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) informs that out of total global military expenditure of  US$1.8 trillion in 2014 (2.3 per cent of world GDP), the United States remained the largest spender ($640) followed by next three highest spenders – China, Russia and Saudi Arabia – who have substantially increased their military expenditures.

And every minute, two people are killed in conflicts around the world.

Against this background of the military expenditure:

  • even the poverty line threshold of US$1.25 per day has big gaps: the absolute poverty line US$15.15 per day in US, US$1 in India and US$0.55 in China
  • the Overseas Development Institute reports that up to a quarter of the people who have to live on less than $1.25 (80p) a day are not included in current estimates of the global poor because they are not counted in official surveys
  • UNICEF reports that more than 30 per cent of children in developing countries – about 600 million – live on less than US $1 a day
  • Aids Orphans says that every 15 seconds an African child loses a parent to AIDS - by 2015, 25 million children will have lost one or both parents to AIDS
  • BBC quotes the Lancet, an internationally renowned journal, that more than three million children died of under nutrition in 2011

And the list could go on making the same point but then the politics is not really to improve the quality of life!
13/4/15

   

Headlines

Veiled opposition to the Hindu school
Sharp increase in homelessness
Met racism inquiry

• Fuel poverty - a national problem
Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
'Don't play politics with the economy'
Broken Society'
HPCCG plight
Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the vulnerable most

Community lettings
Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
Immigrants to create extra households?
Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable
'Big Society'

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