Emily Benn’s circular firing squad | Political Scrapbook It turns out that the most anti-Bennite Benn determined to undermine Jeremy Corbyn by witch-hunting his political adviser for a tweet "backing" a Class War candidate against her has herself urged people in a Tweet to join another party planning to oppose Labour candidates
Last Sunday 4 October Passos Coelho’s right-wing coalition won the most votes in general elections in Portugal but failed to win a majority in parliament. Since then the man who’s imposed on Portugal some of the harshest austerity measures in Europe has been trying win the backing of the opposition Socialists. If the Socialists refuse […]
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 […]
Today may seem like any other day – nothing significant to report on the surface. However, in actual fact 9th November 2015 marks Equal Pay Day and signals the day when women effectively stop being paid as a result of the gender pay gap. Yes, you read that correctly. This means that women essentially work for […]
Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices.
Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the Committee Stage of the Trade Union Bill, which I have been selected to sit on. After the Second Reading debate of the bill before Conference over a month ago, this was round two in our fight of the battle of arguments against the Tories in the House of […]
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 […]