British National Health Service “Inhumane”
Earlier this week, Britain’s National Health Service Ombudsman came out with a grim report about the current state of health care in the United Kingdom. A number of terrible instances of neglect can be read in The Telegraph. Here is how the ombudsman summed it up: The findings of my investigations reveal an attitude—both personal and institutional—which fails to recognize the humanity and individuality of | Read More »
Government Workers of the World Unite!
The Economist reports that the past thirty years have been dismal for the labor movements of the world. In the United States, just 7 percent of the private sector workforce belongs to a union today, down from a third in 1979. In Britain, the decline was similarly dramatic. Across the developed world, less than one in every five workers is still a union member. There | Read More »
British and German Liberals Losing Appeal
The governing coalitions in Germany and the United Kingdom are under pressure as their junior partners have failed to deliver on key election promises. Both liberal parties are currently trailing in the polls as voters flee the center. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own christian democrats lost seats in the upper house of parliament last May in the wake of the Greek bailout effort. German voters have | Read More »
Nationalizing Airports Because Of a Bit of Snow?
Well, not a bit of snow actually. Some tens of thousands of travelers were stranded at the London airports because of the poor weather conditions there. No wonder that Britain’s leftist newspaper The Guardian favors renationalization then. According to The Guardian‘s Neil Clark even before last weeks terrible delays, Britain’s privatized airports, “with their shortage of public seating, their lack of reasonably priced food and | Read More »
The Rise of A New Right in Europe
From the diaries by Leon. Although in America we would not want to identify with many of the “right” leaning movements identified in this piece, there is no doubt political winds are shifting in Europe. Old school socialists may allege that the credit crunch once and for all proved that free market capitalism and globalization had failed yet across Europe, a new generation of liberal | Read More »