Media Articles – April-May 2012

Between August 2011 and May 2012 a Calderdale SOS activist uploaded a lot of links to Media articles that may be of interest to campaigners against the cuts. Calderdale SOS is no longer able to run such a comprehensive service. However we would welcome being informed about any media coverage that may be of interest. Please e-mail:


Lansley’s latest plans to block NHS Trusts bidding for contracts The green benches(8/5)

Sarkozy’s defeat is our victory, but there are bigger battles to come. Blog anticapitaliste (8/5)

Eurozone crisis: democracy trumps austerity but will the euro survive? Guardian (8/5)

Angry academics can’t answer my criticism that there’s too little analysis of our current crisis. Guardian (8/5)

The meaning of President Hollande. (Shifting Grounds 8/5)


Beyond Austerity: A Growth Plan for Europe (7/5)

Unemployment will continue to rocket for another five yearsaccording to a damning new report out tomorrow. LEAP (7/5)

The perfect Eurostorm (Newsnight 7/5)

Southampton unions’ anti-cuts campaign sinks ‘Titanic Tories’ Union News (5/5)

Was Livingstone really a drag on Labour? He finished less than a point behind them. (5/5)


Squeezing ordinary people’s finances always leads to disaster. Guardian (24/4)

Latest YouGov/The Sun results 23rd April CON 32%, LAB 45%, LD 8%; APP -40 You gov (24/4)

Threat to triple-A rating presents another danger for euro zone. Irish Times (23/4)

Hollande takes the first round in France: Exit polls put Socialist candidate ahead of Sarkozy as support for Le Pen surges. New Statesman (23/4)

Prentis: “We’ll strike to protect national pay” Union news (23/4)


‘Healthy competition’ in the NHS is a sick joke. Telegraph (22/4)

Elizabeth McGuirk explains the key proposals of the Health and Social Care Bill. Red Pepper (22/4)

Civil service and health staff call May strike over pensions. Guardian (19/4)

..if you watch television or listen to the radio at the moment, gives the impression that France is awash with Communists, anti-capitalists and other revolutionaries. Economist (18/4)

Europe’s Economic Suicide. New York Times (17/4)


The single currency has arrived at a three-pronged fork in the road. Guardian (17/4)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s policies are no far-left fantasy … He offers practical solutions where neoliberalism has failed. Guardian (15/4)

We estimate Conservative support at 33.3, their lowest level in the whole of the government’s term to date. Nottingham University (14/4)

UK Uncut, the anti-cuts direct action group, has today announced a new plan of action to start shortly before the Queen’s Jubilee. Left futures (14/4)

Hollande ahead in 1st round (27% v 26%), Melenchon in third. 2nd round: Hollande 57%, Sarkozy 43%. Le Parisiene (13/4)


Communists v Socialists – The Mélenchon conundrum(Economist (12/4)

The rest of the interview was punctuated with Cameron’s nagging anxiety about how this exchange was going to make him sound: … and his parting shot was: “Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.” New Statesman (12/4)

Tax lawyers make monkeys out of the government. Left Futures (11/4)

European stock markets rocked by panic selling as debt crisis reignites. Guardian (11/4)

Feminists hail explosion in new grassroots groups. Guardian (10/4)


How women won it for George Galloway. Guardian (5/4)

join the organisations that are being set up and volunteer your time to make the NHS work for our benefit and not for the benefit of big business. False economy (5/4)

Teachers have warned of escalating industrial action. Union news (5/4)

Quantitative Easing isn’t working. LEAP (5/4)

Why do bankers get to decide who paysfor the mess Europe is in? Guardian (4/4)


George Galloway and Jean-Luc Mélenchon expose a huge political gap. Guardian (4/4)

Proposals for real-time monitoring of email and social media. Guardian (3/4)

Government approval rating at minus 43, with key foreign & economic policies opposed by half to majority of population. You gov (3/4)

Why aren’t students taking a lead on saving the NHS? Liberal Conspiracy (2/4)

Learning from Europe: the future of the British Left. Left futures (2/4)


Bradford West result was symptom of UK’s brutal north-south divide. Guardian (2/4)


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