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Citizens Advice Bureaus forced to turn away those in need

Citizens Advice Bureaus forced to turn away those in need | Political world | Scoop.it
A CRISIS-HIT support service is turning away the desperate as the money runs out. Across Tyneside Citizens Advice Bureaus are telling hard hit families they will have to fend for themselves as government cuts continue.
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Gosforth Wildlife campaigners celebrate another win

Gosforth Wildlife campaigners celebrate another win | Political world | Scoop.it
GREEN campaigners have won another battle in their fight to protect land near a Newcastle nature reserve.
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Autonomy: challenger to Silicon Valley captivated the City

Autonomy: challenger to Silicon Valley captivated the City | Political world | Scoop.it
Juliette Garside: A picture is emerging of a company where short-term results may have been pumped up at the expense of long-term, stable revenues...
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John Ball's Sermon before the English Peasant Revolt 1381

When Adam delved and Eve span, who then was the gentleman?

'My good people, things cannot go well in England, nor ever shall, till everything be made common, and there are neither villeins nor gentlemen, but we shall all be united together, and the lords shall be no greater masters than ourselves. What have we deserved that we should be kept thus enslaved? We are all descended from one father and mother, Adam and Eve. What reasons can they give to show that they are greater lords than we, save by making us toil and labour, so that they can spend? They are clothed in velvet and soft leather furred with ermine, while we wear coarse cloth; they have their wines, spices and good bread, while we have the drawings of the chaff, and drink water. They have handsome houses and manors, and we the pain and travail, the rain and wind, in the fields. And it is from our labour that they get the means to maintain their estates. We are called their slaves, and ;f we do not serve them readily, we are beaten. And we have no sovereign to whom we may complain, or who will hear us, or do us justice. Let us go to the King, he is young, and tell him of our slavery; and tell him we shall have it otherwise, or else we will provide a remedy ourselves. And if we go together, all manner of people that are now in bondage will follow us, with the intent to be made free. And when the King sees us, we shall have some remedy, either by justice or otherwise.'

The Kings answer:

Serfs you were and serfs you are; you shall remain in bondage, not such as you have hitherto been subject to, but incomparably viler. For so long as we live and rule by God's grace over this kingdom we shall use our sense, our strength and our property so to teach you, that your slavery may be an example to posterity, and that those who live now and hereafter, who may be like you, may always have before their eyes and as it were in a glass, your misery and reasons for cursing you, and the fear of doing things like those which you have done.

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He cleaned Nick Clegg's office – and was punished for wanting a living wage

He cleaned Nick Clegg's office – and was punished for wanting a living wage | Political world | Scoop.it
The idea of a living wage is still not popular with many companies, as Valdemar Ventura's story makes clear...
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Atos scandal: Benefits bosses admit over half of people ruled fit to work ended up destitute

Atos scandal: Benefits bosses admit over half of people ruled fit to work ended up destitute | Political world | Scoop.it
PUBLIC fury is growing towards the French IT firm for their role in helping the Con-Dem government slash benefits.
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Jewish donors prominent in presidential campaign contributions

Jewish donors prominent in presidential campaign contributions | Political world | Scoop.it
Sheldon Adelson is biggest giver of all; Obama’s top two donors also Jewish...
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Five million 'below living wage'

Five million 'below living wage' | Political world | Scoop.it
One in five workers in the UK is paid less than required for a basic standard of living, a KPMG report says.
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Chinese leader has amassed £2.7 BILLION during his time in power – but news of his fortune is blocked on nation’s websites

Chinese leader has amassed £2.7 BILLION during his time in power – but news of his fortune is blocked on nation’s websites | Political world | Scoop.it
A New York Times article describing how the family of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, pictured, amassed their affluence prompted the Communist state government to block the newspaper's website.
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Israeli poll finds majority in favour of 'apartheid' policies

Israeli poll finds majority in favour of 'apartheid' policies | Political world | Scoop.it
Two-thirds say Palestinians should not be allowed to vote if West Bank was annexed, while three in four favour segregated roads...
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The dirty war on WikiLeaks

The dirty war on WikiLeaks | Political world | Scoop.it
John Pilger: Media smears suggest Swedish complicity in a Washington-driven push to punish Julian Assange...
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Consequences of selling off Britain's public service companies could be calamitous

Consequences of selling off Britain's public service companies could be calamitous | Political world | Scoop.it
Airports, water companies and most of our energy suppliers have been sold to foreign firms - and they care only about profits.
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North East woods safe in U-turn over sell-off plans

North East woods safe in U-turn over sell-off plans | Political world | Scoop.it
BRITAIN’S woods were today safe after a Government climbdown on plans to sell publicly-owned forests.
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Nervous Cadbury settles in with a new owner as Kraft splits itself in two

Nervous Cadbury settles in with a new owner as Kraft splits itself in two | Political world | Scoop.it
Unions fear for jobs as UK company becomes part of demerged entity Mondelez...
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Hewlett-Packard blames Autonomy 'improprieties' for $8.8bn writedown

Hewlett-Packard blames Autonomy 'improprieties' for $8.8bn writedown | Political world | Scoop.it
Former managers at British tech firm deny claims and accuse HP of destroying a 'world leader'...
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Water companies pay little or no tax on huge profits

Water companies pay little or no tax on huge profits | Political world | Scoop.it
Thames Water and Anglian among companies paying little or no corporation tax while executives pocket huge bonuses...
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Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments

Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments | Political world | Scoop.it
One in five recommendations by the Atos IT firm that suggest benefit recipients are "fit for work" are overturned at appeal.
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'Mafiosi' stand to gain most from EU bail-out of Cyprus - Telegraph

'Mafiosi' stand to gain most from EU bail-out of Cyprus - Telegraph | Political world | Scoop.it
Russian oligarchs and "mafiosi" who have parked their illegal earnings inside the country stand to benefit most from an EU bail-out of Cyprus, according to a report by Germany's intelligence agency.
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Sheldon Adelson's billions shape US politics as many question his influence

Sheldon Adelson's billions shape US politics as many question his influence | Political world | Scoop.it
Casino mogul is sparing no expense to get Romney elected, a win that would benefit his businesses and his bank account...
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Europe left behind as shale shock drives America's industrial resurgence - Telegraph

Europe left behind as shale shock drives America's industrial resurgence - Telegraph | Political world | Scoop.it
The wonders of US shale gas continue to amaze.
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He just could not go quietly

He just could not go quietly | Political world | Scoop.it
Nothing became Tiny Rowland so much as the manner of his apparent departure from the business stage.
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The Jimmy Savile witch-hunt sets us on a path to paranoia

The Jimmy Savile witch-hunt sets us on a path to paranoia | Political world | Scoop.it
Simon Jenkins: In our rush to apportion blame for the actions of an individual, we risk becoming blind to the real issues of the day...
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Bash the poor and wave the flag – how this Tory trick works

Bash the poor and wave the flag – how this Tory trick works | Political world | Scoop.it
Jonathan Freedland: In a move imported from the US right, the Conservatives have successfully induced people to vote against their own interests...
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Iceland calls its former PM to account for financial crash

Iceland calls its former PM to account for financial crash | Political world | Scoop.it
Geir Haarde, whose trial began this week, could face up to two years in jail if convicted over country's 2008 economic collapse...
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