When we heard Lord Sugar was looking for projects to give funding to, we just knew he'd want to support the Prole Star. So we applied...
Our application has been submitted to Amsvest, the investment arm of his business activities. We'll let you know how it goes.
"We are looking for investment to help fund a people's media project. In a time when much of the corporate controlled media fails to represent the ordinary man or woman on the street, we aim to become a strong voice for working class people.
With the help of social media, we wish to act as a challenge to the mainstream political narrative. We already have a reasonable following, but we have ambition to grow into something much more influential. Since we launched our website we have had a number of MPs and prominent journalists sharing our content and we have also been mentioned in the mainstream media.
The Prole Star is a people's media project. And our small team of volunteers have worked hard for two years to help make it...
Following the 24 hour strike earlier this month, Uber drivers will meet their bosses in court for Uber's final appeal hearing on Tuesday October 30.
Uber will aim to reverse a ruling that forced the company to treat its employees as workers rather than independent contractors. The ruling gave Uber drivers basic rights such as the minimum wage, paid holiday and rest breaks.
Momentum is mobilising its members to join a demonstration called by the IWGB outside the court. The march will also pass by TFL HQ who have failed to take action over driver exploitation and the University of London where workers are fighting against management outsourcing.
The demonstration will be the first to bring together Deliveroo couriers, Uber drivers and university cleaners threatened by outsourcing, with more than 1,000 precarious workers expected to attend.
October 30 will mark the final hearing of the dispute between Uber and its drivers before it heads to the Supreme Court. A victory for the Uber drivers...
Firstly, let’s deal with the simple fact that ‘income tax’ represents only one part of taxation and that the top 1% pay very little in the way of taxes such as V.A.T. and Excise Duty; they also pay little in the way of local Council Tax.
Will it be a Hard Brexit? Will it be a Soft Brexit? Will it be a Red White Blue Brexit? If you’re like me and your heart sinks every time some idiot trots out some pronouned Brexit, which is as meaningless as the term Brexit itself, don’t hit your head off the nearest desk.
If there’s one thing we know about Britain’s decision to leave the EU, it is defined by the meaningless term ‘Brexit’. Now, I understand that politicians are dictated to by PR firms and pollsters but am I alone in viewing every elected official as more of a moron each time they say ‘Brexit’ as if it is an actual word? Brexit means Brexit means as little, if not less than, the defined terms for leaving the EU … because there aren’t and never were any.
The story of ‘Brexit’ is that we had a moronic government led by a moronic Tory party led by a moron, who thought Britain would never vote to leave the EU. That’s the story. Why don’t we see that on the front pages of every newspaper every day? Why isn’t that the lead sto...
Austerity is crippling Britain. Six long years of it, imposed on ideological grounds by the Tories, have brought us to the point where our hospitals have no spare beds, our poor and vulnerable commit suicide rather than face life after benefit sanctions, our prisons are at boiling point and our national debt stands at £1.7 trillion at the time of writing.
This final aspect is truly terrifying; if the point of austerity was to reduce the national debt and provide us with a way to live within our means, it has clearly failed, and failed spectacularly. Considering the Tories inherited a debt of £900bn only six years ago, they have managed to spend £800bn on what can only be described as Scotch mist, otherwise known as tax breaks for the rich and bailouts for the banks. Wages are stagnant, public services have been hollowed out and the public are steadily building ways of expressing their rage at the political establishment, not least in the Brexit vote of the summer.
Many of our train services are publicly owned. Now the not so good bit: They are publicly owned by members of public from other European countries. They saw our great idea of public ownership, copied it, watched us sell it all off, helped themselves to it and now return MILLIONS AND MILLIONS in dividends back to their countries.
About 1.7 BILLION passenger rail journeys were made in the past 12 months, compared with 801m in 1997. The figures come from analysis by the Rail Delivery Group, which represents train operators and Network Rail, and is based on data from the auditors KPMG.
The study found that people make an average of 24.7 train journeys each a year, a 60% increase from 1998, when private operators took over running UK train services from British Rail. The growth in journeys is faster than in France at 25%, Germany at 23% and the Netherlands at 10% over the same period.
British Rail was broken up and privatised between 1994 and 1997, and since then rail servi...
Greetings Comrades. Would you be interested in contributing to The Prole Star?
The mainstream media is not fit for purpose - now more than ever it is vital to support independent media projects like ours.
We believe that The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has not had a fair hearing. This is because the mainstream media is controlled by a very small number of rich individuals - and their vested interests are plain to see.
We intend to challenge this bias as an independent media outlet, shared through social media, appealing to the masses with sport and entertainment, but having a political agenda to offer our readers a point of view which is in their interests, and not in the interests of corporate power.
In the long term we plan to form a cooperative company, owned and democratically run by its members. All our members and contributors can ask to be added to our Bio Page.
We are looking for people to help in a range of roles, from writing and promoting to recr...
BOOK REVIEW : THE FAILED EXPERIMENT by ANDREW FISHER
This book was published in 2014, predating the 2015 General Election. It is an easy to read account of the events leading up to the 2008 financial crash and the systemic failings that created the environment in which the crash could happen.
The experiment that failed was the neo-liberal agenda and the deregulation of the finance industry.
Fisher then explains the events since then, including why quantative easing has not been successful.
The full title is “The Failed Experiment And how to build an economy that works.” Fisher observes that quantative easing is simply the creation of liquidity by the issue of government bonds.
He suggests that for much less money than has been created for quantative easing bonds could be issued to nationalise key industries such as the rail industry. Bonds could also be used for local authorities to purchase rented properties to provide security of tenure to tenants.
If there’s one thing that Brexit and now Trump has shown me, it’s this:
The system is broken.
Somehow, somewhere along the way, something has broken and now we have pockets of crazy popping up all over the place.
When are we going to face up to it and start talking about it, like grown up people?When are we all going to take a long hard look at the society we have built and acknowledge that something has gone wrong, somewhere?
And instead of arguing about where and whose fault it was, how about we just start again, not from what we want in society, but what we need?
How about we get a new boiler?
Let’s say the UK is a house and the boiler keeps breaking down. We keep getting different plumbers come in and look at the boiler, they present us with the options and their quotations on how much it’s going to cost us and wait for us to call them to come and sort it out.
Both quotations say sort of the same thing, both want to tinker around a bit and see if they can sort the problem. For whatever re...
Just over a month ago “The Prole Star” was little more than an idea between two people. Today it has a website, a Twitter and Facebook page and most importantly, a small team of writers. Our short term goal is to build up our Social Media platform and create a large following to share our articles. This will allow our writers to share their work to a much larger audience than they would get from blogging or writing Facebook statuses alone.
Our long term goal is to form a non profit making media cooperative with a membership that anyone can join. Every member will have a say in how "The Prole Star" is run, in keeping with our democratic traditions. Even our name is the result of a collective decision. We intend to create a media organization, which in contrast to the current situation, will be inclusive to working class people.
Never forget what history has shown can come from a grass roots level. We are looking for people just like you. Complaining about the status quo, but ta...
When the austerity agenda was introduced after the financial crash of 2008, the British economy was compared to numerous institutions to make the agenda more palatable to the public. Without a doubt, the most widely used model was that of the household. Not only is this an insufficient model, but when considered more deeply, the metaphor becomes an argument against austerity as an economical ideology.
Short-term pain for long-term gain. Tightening the belt. In this together.
It all sounds so wonderful; the household that is the UK, coming together to reduce the country’s deficit. We all spent far too much recently and our debts have stacked up, so now we all need to make sacrifices to get that situation under control. If we reduce spending on unimportant things now, we’ll be in a better financial position and everyone will be better off in some unexplained way at some undefined point in the future.