Why it would be disastrous if we give Jim Murphy Labour's top job in Scotland | Tom Watson | Herald Scotland Excellent article: "Gordon Brown was right, it was a huge strategic blunder for Labour to run a joint campaign with the Tories. As Alex Salmond has said, my party will pay the price for a generation unless we can signal that we understand the anger and disappointment felt by many former Labour-supporting Yes voters. A leader who signals a fresh start, who isn't tainted by the decisions of the past, is one way Labour can begin to rebuild trust with our base. Labour has a choice. It can keep digging with the old plan, or find a new blueprint. Looking at Neil, he's certainly not a continuity candidate. He'd rock the foundations of some in the Labour establishment. Yet isn't that what Labour in Scotland needs right now?"
Royal Mail’s Managed Decline | London Review of Books Does Chuka follow what's going on with Royal Mail? It doesn't seem so. The narrative that underpins his non-defence of the post as a public service was undermined this week - but he spouted the same line regardless.
Phoney war will soon be over | John McTernan | The Scotsman McTernan, speaking the real thoughts of Jim Murphy, strikes two blows: against the unions ("Only the unrepresentative and gerrymandered union section – revived for the last time in Labour politics – has gone against him. A badge of honour in many ways") and for austerity
Public expenditure on health in Italy is lower than that of other major European countries. Yet in recent years 10 billion euros has been axed from health budgets, hitting services and access to them for the poorest. And PM Matteo Renzi is continuing the cuts, says Stefania Gabriele * That we should reduce government spending […]
Paolo Gerbaudo Amid a worsening economic crisis, a look at the protest movements that are struggling against austerity could be described as a two-speed.Europe An expression abused by economists and political scientists talking about the different levels of economic productivity and political integration of European countries, it also captures well the distance between countries where […]
About 6,000 doctors from Greece have emigrated to Germany until the end of 2012 at a time of rising shortages of medical and other health staff. What’s more, the Greek government invested 540 million euros in their training. This is only one of the effects of German-Greek “cooperation” Doctors and scientists at zero training costs […]
The reports in the French and British press of the G20 held in Australia presented a Putin supposedly isolated by the international community. This is a textbook example of the manipulation of information and misinformation, argues Jacques Sapir. It is not the “international community” that has sought to isolate Vladimir Putin, but the United States […]
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