Posts under ‘Conservatives’

Theresa May and Thatcherism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

There is a touch of confusion about Theresa May’s political posturing. The apparent lurch ‘to the left’ signified by her abandonment of Osbornomics (and, of course, Osborne himself) for soft Keynesianism sits uneasily with a commitment to hard Brexit. The homage paid to official anti-racism is at odds with her immigrant bashing. And her fabled competence, her ‘no […]

A left approach to Brexit

by Peter Rowlands.

Paul Mason and Chuka Umunna would normally be expected to come up with radically different proposals with regard to Labour’s policies, yet they are putting forward more or less the same solutions to the most pressing problem underlying Brexit, that of Free Movement of Labour (FML), Mason in an article in the New Statesman, Umunna in […]

Why Theresa May is lying to you 

by Luke Davies.

In her party conference speech Theresa May promised to transform the Conservatives into the ‘party of the workers, the party of public servants, the party of the NHS’. She declared: ‘it’s time to remember the good that government can do’. Journalists on both right and left have been queuing up to announce a new era in […]

Jeremy Corbyn delivers another strong performance at PMQs

by Newsdesk.

Following on from his grilling of Theresa May on grammar schools, Jeremy Corbyn won a further round of plaudits for his performance yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions. Corbyn’s opening salvo against Amber Rudd’s policy to “name and shame” workers received a flat denial from May, who claimed that public lists of which companies hire large amounts of […]

Corbyn sets out opposition to immigration controls

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn has made further comments in support of immigration, in particular support for refugees, contrasting those in the party who want to end freedom of movement after Brexit. 

Tories forced into partial U-turn over foreign worker lists

by Newsdesk.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd was yesterday forced into a partial U-turn on her policy to “name and shame” businesses who employ large numbers of non-UK nationals by publishing lists of how many overseas workers were at their firms.

Theresa May speech slammed as ‘fanning the flames of xenophobia’ by Corbyn

by Newsdesk.

Theresa May’s speech to Tory Party Conference yesterday has been criticised as contributing to an increasing hatred of immigrants. Corbyn said:

Meet the new Chancellor, same as the old Chancellor

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

“Call me Philip” Hammond didn’t apply smug factor 50 before his speech to Tory party conference, but he didn’t need to. Beneath the boring exterior and the truly, truly awful jokes is a politician whose programme is little different to his unlamented predecessor’s. Yes, in tune with his boss’s whole nation conservatism, Hammond has woken up […]

Theresa May: Brexit means Wrexit

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If politics is war by less violent, constitutional means, it follows that truth fares no better in the peaceful competition between interests. This is especially the case when politics is staking out new territory. If one can define what a problem or challenge is, your solutions, such as they are, have a certain credibility from […]

Tory Cynicism and the Work Capability Assessment

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When I used to write letters to ministers for a living, it struck me that Damian Green was relatively decent. Well, if you ignore the appalling voting record, the missives we got back from the civil servant who scribbled his letters in immigration suggested he was a reasonable bloke, albeit one hemmed in by the politics […]

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