Time for a new tune | Richard Angell Progress Director Richard Angell laments the defeat of the party's right in the leadership election in an almost-satirical piece about that famous song associated with Blair: "Like every year I can remember it concluded with D:REAM’s Things Can Only Get Better made infamous in Labour circles from its role in the 1997 general election. For the first time I neither sung not danced. I simply stood."
In the valley of death | Nick Pearce In a long piece for the New Statesman, the outgoing head of the centrist think tank IPPR sets out the decline in social democracy throughout the last three decades. Of all the recent intellectual defences of the party's right, and analysis of its defeat, this is among the most coherent.
Why I take issue with the Observer's stance on Jeremy Corbyn | The Guardian Veteran writer Ed Vulliamy takes issue with the negative response of the Observer to Corbyn's victory: "I felt we let down many readers and others by not embracing at least the spirit of the result, propelled as it was by moral principles of equality, peace and justice. These are no longer tap-room dreams but belong to a mass movement in Britain, as elsewhere in Europe"
Pro-independence parties are set to take power in Catalonia in elections Sunday that could pave the way to succession. Julian Maganto* makes a plea not to let emotions decide. On Sunday the Catalans choose their representatives in the regional Parliament. In a year that is so electorally significant in Spain as this one, in which there have […]
If a weapon is given to someone, it is normal to use it when needed. And that’s exactly what Spanish businesses are doing with the legal weapons that they have been given to hire and fire workers at their convenience. As a result, the labour market has become a roller coaster, up and down in […]
The IMF has urged Spain to continue its neo-liberal reforms, in an indication of concern that elections in the fall could deliver a more progressive government than the current regime of Mariano Rajoy. It is calling for the part-privatisation of health and education, through ‘co-payments’ for services. It also wants to see further deregulation of […]
Former poster child Portugal is coming under renewed pressure from the IMF to make deep spending cuts amid the highest overall debt levels in the EU, concerns about job creation and rising ‘bad’ non-performing loans. Barely a year after a much trumpeted exit from the Troika’s punishing three year adjustment program. But Portuguese economist Ricardo Paes […]
In the past seven days we have been given a glimpse into what could lie ahead in our true blue Tory future. This is a government not content with simply demolishing the welfare state but seemingly hell bent on eradicating meaningful democracy itself.
Yesterday in Prime Minister’s Question Time, David Cameron proudly claimed that the Tories are the Party who are “standing up for working people”. Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to make us on the Labour benches in the House of Commons and working people across the country despair, but yesterday it just served […]
A technicality it may be, but today has seen the first unfettered Conservative budget of the twenty first century, the first for almost two decades. All illusions the True Blue Tory party have changed, that they are compassionate, have been shattered. The mask has not slipped it has been torn off and thrown into the […]
This week I didn't behave well. Really bad in fact. I mean I slow clapped the home secretary as she headed for her lobby. I then followed it with, what I will call a robust exchange, with the minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan across the chamber.
On Saturday, I was proud to march alongside friends, family and hundreds of thousands of other people - trade unionists, campaigners, celebrities and activists - all united in their determination to voice their anger at the Tory Government’s austerity agenda.