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Austerity not so welcome when it hits the rich

Red Brick / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 804 views

Labour has run into a little local difficulty with its Mansion Tax proposal. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, although the proposal is very popular amongst the general public, many of the people affected by it have easy access to…

Kids and contributions…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 2,285 views

Aside from the owls, I found little to be happy about in yesterday’s ‘big’ speech by Ed Miliband, and the IPPR report that it accompanied, ‘The Condition of Britain’. A great deal has already been said and written about it…

Voting counts

Jane Carnall / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 10,099 views

On 22nd May, Scotland goes to the polls: the results could change politics in Scotland forever. Scotland has six MEPs. Two SNP, two Labour, a Tory and a LibDem. UKIP are hopeful – Farage is even having a rally in Edinburgh…

The Budget and the politics of noise

Puffles / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 990 views

Summary A very politicised budget with little mention of young people’s interest, as the noise from the Commons chamber drowns out the politics of hope …which is how I felt at the end of the exchanges yesterday. The ill-judged online…

Power to the people?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,223 views

I have to say I've never been that impressed with Ed Miliband and freely admit to 'glazing over' when I vaguely heard him droning-on yesterday about 'public service reform' - why does it always need bloody reforming anyway? - but…

Ed Miliband's dog's breakfast

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 780 views

The unseemly haste which has been the hallmark of the unnecessary interference with the Labour Party constitution initiated by the Leader’s July speech has been reasserted this weekend with the publication of Ed Miliband’s proposals, arising from the Collins Review,…

Attack on union link puts democracy at risk

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 612 views

Over two centuries working people have fought for our rights in the workplace and wider society. Among our victories have been those of the Chartists and the Suffragettes (and Suffragists) who won us the franchise. The right to choose who…

Election turnout is dropping like a stone!

Jon Harvey / June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,485 views

Today is the day after the day after the local elections. I just googled ‘turnout news’ and a whole bunch of stories came up. Here are just three: Conservatives celebrate victory in Northamptonshire election following low turnout  Low turnout in…

From the archive: Labour is not a ‘project’

Tessa Coombes / May 12, 2015 at 8:40 PM 2,185 views

A post by Lilia Giugni from November last year, on the New Labour ‘project’ and how it profoundly changed the Labour Party is worth looking at again. Particularly now as the Party begins the process of working out what to do next and…

From the archive: Labour: time for a new ‘third way’?

/ July 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM 1,341 views

The Falkirk row doesn’t look at all comfortable for Ed Miliband and Labour. Accusation and counter-accusation, a crucial resignation and now the police involved – but more important, perhaps, that the details, it asks huge questions about the current and…

From the archive: Unions need to answer UKIP

/ April 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM 1,387 views

Our Party is not where it needs to be now to win a General Election in 2015. Opposition to austerity is being drawn around Farage (our very own Poujade), and around the poisonous nostalgia of the populist right. UKIP is…