Labour and democracy | John Redwood Redwood gets a number of things right in this interesting piece - "the dislike of democracy amongst the Labour establishment", "sense of entitlement rebuffed from the mainstream candidates", he ridicules the Labor establishment's concept of "credibility" whereas Corbyn "asks difficult questions of the Labour establishment, and highlights the failings of their past economic, foreign and EU policies"
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 January this year the French Government of Francoise Holland quietly shelved its 75% tax on the rich. Now new figures show three thousand affluent French people each pocketed a 240,000 euros tax rebate in 2014, in further embarrassing evidence that the Socialist administration has backtracked on promises to soak the 1%. This tax relief is […]
How much influence does the Greek question have on Podemos and the hopes for change of the Spanish Left? The chemistry between Iglesias and Tsipras has been a constant in recent months, but will this close relationship now weaken the Iberian upstart party in the next two important elections this autumn? While it is down […]
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.