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G4S prison guard sleeps while prisoner takes selfie

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,982 views

A photograph of a prison inmate purportedly taking a selfie photograph next to a slumbering G4S prison guard has been released on twitter this morning. Thanks to the wonders of the web, a kind user traced this image back to…

Osborne announces cuts that take the UK economy back to 1948

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 2,248 views

Under Coalition plans, “day to day spending on public services… (will be at) It’s smallest share of national income since 1948”. George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn Statement on spending plans for the UK government consisted of 7,025 words and took 50 minutes to read –…

Privatised prisons: it's 'easier to get drugs than soap'

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,215 views

An unannounced inspection of HMP Oakwood has revealed grave concerns about the ability of private provider G4S’ ability to run a prison. The report’s litany of faults at the facility can be summed up by the reports of several prisoners that ‘we can…

Benefits Britain and the rise of poverty porn

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,212 views

Last night, Channel 4 engaged in yet more Poverty Porn, with the pseudo-reality programme Benefits Britain. The programme followed several 2013 social security claimants as they were put through the 1949 welfare system. As with the other Poverty Porn Programming, the…

Wonga and the payday loansharks to be outlawed?

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 5,294 views

With wages falling, costs rising, and social safety nets being torn asunder – UK citizens are turning, in ever greater numbers, to pay day lenders to plug the gap. In the past, the poor were protected from predatory lenders by Usury…

The NHS at 65: the Coalition are retiring our public health service

Scriptonite / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,569 views

The National Health Service (NHS) celebrates its 65th birthday today. While coalition politicians cut ribbons, they are also busy cutting the lifelines that make the service viable. Ceaseless scare stories, never ending costly reorganisations, rampant commercialisation and privatisation, and deliberate loading…