Posts under ‘Politics’

The Tories’ campaign strategy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

And they’re off! This is less a two-horse race of LibDem leaflet fame, and more a thorough bred tearing up the track as the knackered and no-hopers settle into a canter. At least that’s how the Conservatives and their helpful friends in the press and broadcast media see it. And, understandably, they want to maintain […]

Diane Abbott: Vote Labour to Save Our NHS

by Diane Abbott.

Vote Labour to Save Our NHS By Diane Abbott MP One of the clearest issues at stake in the upcoming General Election will be the very future of our NHS, and the differences between Labour and the Tories on this issue couldn’t be clearer. Tory austerity has meant that the NHS has been stretched to […]

Pete Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency NEC meeting

by Peter Willsman.

Peter Willsman reports from Labour’s emergency executive National Executive Committee 19 April 2017 Following Theresa May’s breaking of her word on Tuesday 18 April, the NEC swung into action and had a meeting on Wednesday 19 April. It was a very upbeat and business-like meeting. Everyone was totally focused. A lot of work has already […]

Theresa May calls a snap General Election for June 8th

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Ask me this morning if there would be a general election, and I’d have said no. The stars were aligned against it, and yet here we are, stumbling about with our ghast well and truly flabbered. Her shock announcement caught everyone on the hop, and Westminster and its echo chamber are gripped by elation and […]

For the McDonnell amendment

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s getting to the time of year that Constituency Labour Parties are selecting their delegates for party conference. This time both the right and left of the party are scrambling members for the monthly meeting because there’s something substantial on the table for when we meet in Brighton in September: the McDonnell Amendment. For readers […]

Against ‘Command and Control’

by David Poyser.

One way to get trusted is to tell the truth. Jeremy was ‘off message’ from the moment he was elected in 1983 (before the phrase ‘off message’ even existed), but that did not stop him being elected Leader of what is now the largest party in Western Europe. Voters are not dumb – above anything […]

NPF Policy Responses: Equalities

by George Norman.

It was one of the most heartrending things for me during the 2015 general election. As Labour Club chair at York, trying to rally the student vote for my party, I was told by too many people; “I’m not sure I can vote for Labour. In student politics they don’t stand up for the most […]

NPF Responses: Education

by David Pavett.

The Consultation document for Early Years, Education and Skills says that this year’s task for the Commission was to to do “further work on building a modern early years system, developing a schools system for the 21st century, modernising further education and adult skills and how we can improve children’s social care and safeguarding as […]

NPF Responses – Health

by Brian Gibbons.

The National Policy Forum’s consultation on Health and Social care is set in the firm context of an underfunded health and social care service. This is correct. However, the document is insufficiently clear about the need to reverse the general direction of travel and fails to give enough indication about Labour’s alternatives. In the rest […]

Douglas Carswell and the fall of UKIP

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As surprises in politics go, this one’s right up there with night following day. In case you’ve hid in a cave or were too dazzled by the March for Europe’s liberal virtue, Douglas Carswell has resigned from the United Kingdom Independence Party. Something of a square peg in a round hole, Carswell’s politics are complete crap. […]

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