Posts under ‘Politics’

Re-engaging with the alienated “untouchables”

by Michael Meacher.

The Labour campaign continues to make good progress whilst the Tories lurch from one failed artifice after another, and Ed Miliband is increasingly taking command with growing confidence. The election has nevertheless drawn attention to a disturbing penumbra of alienation from the whole process. In poor white working class areas the number of households who […]

Britain’s pay: from £28m 8 weeks into a job to £0 a week on zero hours contracts

by Michael Meacher.

Some of Ed Miliband’s most popular announcements have been his pledge to abolish non-dom status and to hunt down aggressive tax abusers , not only making them pay up what is owed, but also a fine of an equal amount on top. He would be even more popular if he found a formula to deal […]

The moral vacuity of Katie Hopkins

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Four years ago, I wrote about the functions of bigotry in the mass media, and the ever charming Melanie Phillips was my case study. Then, somewhat counter-intuitively, The Daily Mail made use of Mel to get the lefties in and boost their clicks per second average. Every idiocy that tripped off her keyboard was then, in […]

The central issue of this election is a mystery wrapped in an enigma

by Michael Meacher.

The key issue of this election,behind all the superficial flashy giveaways, is paying off the deficit. It still stands this year at £92bn when Osborne pledged in 2010 it would be £37bn or below – a discrepancy of £55bn, not exactly a minor slippage. So how exactly, after 5 years in which Osborne has tried […]

The trial of Greville Janner

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Is it possible to not be surprised yet be shocked at the same time? If it is, that’s what I felt this morning when the news came through that Lord Janner, the former Labour MP for Leicester West would not be charged. Shocked because the testimony and evidence is compelling, not surprised because of the […]

No truth and justice as decision on Orgreave investigation stays secret

by Jon Trickett.

I have written to the chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) requesting an explanation of the continuing delays in determining how they will proceed in the investigation of the events at Orgreave during the miners’ strike, 30 years ago. The miners that were there, their families, campaigners and the local communities are not primarily […]

It’s Labour’s costed offers & structural change v Tory flash unfunded ‘giveaways’

by Michael Meacher.

Labour’s biggest handicap now is that still too few people on the doorstep realise the magnitude of what the party is offering either in terms of specific policy changes that will benefit the great majority of people or the longer-term structural changes that will turn around a broken economy. The immediate controls on the rip-offs […]

Tory attacks on Ed are detestable but the practical case against Trident must be made

by Diane Abbott.

The constant personal attacks on Ed Miliband by the Tories have rightly been deplored. Last week ,Tory defence spokesman Michael Fallon chose to claim that Ed “had stabbed his own brother in the back to lead Labour and was now willing to stab the UK in the back by doing a deal on Trident with […]

Why a vote for the Tories is a vote for Communism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If you’re the tiny section of this blog’s readership contemplating voting Conservative, be aware that you’re voting for communism! Yes, we’ve had the £8bn NHS pledge, the policy of freezing rail fares, the promise of 30 hours a week childcare, and now the Tories are threatening to expropriate housing associations and pass them on at […]

Tories make tenants and homeless pay for social housing give away as election bribe

by Michael Meacher.

The desperate search for shrinking votes has pushed Iain Duncan Smith into yet another spectacular own goal. His latest pet idea is to extend the Right to Buy to Britain’s 2.5m housing association tenants. However, whilst social homes are owned by Councils, this latest Tory brainwave means selling off housing association assets which are private property […]

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