Posts under ‘Politics’

Rumours of UKIP’s demise are very much exaggerated

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

More’s the pity. There has been some talk (or is it wishful thinking?) that UKIP are a busted flush. They’ve had their moment, but shit’s getting real. As people with lives and interests outside of politics start thinking about who should form the next government, the purple barmy army aren’t going to get much of […]

Non-doms: this extra scam for the ultra-rich must be abolished

by Michael Meacher.

One of the scams highlighted by the HSBC Swiss bank scandal, and then quickly ignored, is the continuing absurd anachronism of the non-dom rules. Stuart Gulliver, the shamed CEO of HSBC, though living in London in order to run the second largest bank in Europe and routing his bonus through a Panamanian company to escape […]

Support Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for the Conference Arrangements Committee

by Peter Willsman.

Although most Labour Party members are now focused mainly on working for a Labour victory in the general election, there are some important internal party elections shortly after 7 May. Since the closing date for nominations in those elections is 10 June and many constituency parties won’t even have a cycle of meetings before that date, many […]

Members of Parliament, second jobs and the culture of entitlement

by Jon Trickett.

If ever for one second a doubt appears in your mind that the Tories aren’t the party of wealth and privilege, all you need to do is read the Tory speeches in the second jobs debate on Wednesday 25 February. In the meantime here is my speech from the debate: Jon Trickett (Hemsworth) (Lab): This has been […]

Osborne thinks economy is a trump card, but it’s a joker not an ace

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne boasts interminably about success with his ‘long term economic plan’, but even the slightest scrutiny of the evidence shows that his claims don’t remotely stand up. Labour should be eating him alive. 1. After the 6-7% collapse of output brought about by the financial crisis, output per head has grown by less than 2% […]

Blue Labour and the Church of England: on class, ethnicity and politics

by David Pavett.

The recent pastoral letter of the Church of England bishops (Who is my neighbour?) is an effort to inject ethical considerations into a pre-election process in which they are seen to be in short supply. Jon Cruddas, head of the Labour policy review, wrote an article in the Guardian welcoming the letter in glowing and […]

Whistleblowers do more to hold governments to account than parliaments

by Michael Meacher.

Whistle-blowers are worth their weight in gold, though governments certainly don’t think so. Some of the most important things we’ve learnt about the nature of the societies we live in have come exclusively from whistle-blowers, without whose help the democratic holding of governments to account in critical areas of policy would have been impossible. The […]

Five questions from Costas Lapavitsas to Syriza’s leadership on their Euroland deal

by Jon Lansman.

This is a translation of a blog by Costas Lapavitsas who was Professor of Economics at London’s SOAS until he was elected as a Syriza MP this year. He is known as a Eurosceptic critic of the more Europhile stance of the Syriza leadership, though his criticisms are more reserved than those of Syriza’s 92-old […]

Italy: whatever happened to PM Renzi’s anti-austerity commmitment?

by Tom Gill.

One year after PM Renzi came to power and three governments since Berlusconi, Italy is still depressed, thanks to unending austerity programmes, writes Leopoldo Nascia (translated from the original Italian by Tom Gill) Seven years of crisis and three and half years of the political shocks they have brought, in succession, the governments Mario Monti, Enrico […]

Will Natalie Bennett’s trainwreck derail the Greens?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Doing okay in the polls … has some popular, left wing policies … yet there are questions surrounding the leader’s competence. We’ve heard the story many times before, but on this occasion it’s the Green Party and Natalie Bennett under the spotlight. In late January there was the Andrew Neil interview where she had certain […]

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