Posts under ‘Conservatives’

Why doesn’t Labour take on the Tories over the economy?

by Michael Meacher.

It is bizarre that Osborne continues to preen himself that the economy is such a strong card for the Tories at the election when in fact every aspect of the UK’s economic performance is looking bad and getting worse. Yesterday it was reported that the growth rate in the final quarter of 2014 was down […]

Is Hinkley C the turning point against nuclear power in Britain?

by Michael Meacher.

Despite the government’s constant assertion that funding is impossibly tight and that any departure for a rigid status quo by the Labour party is unaffordable, there seems to be no limit to government subsidies gushing into the doomed nuclear project at Hinkley in Somerset. Last year the government offered the French energy company EDF the […]

Tory own goal on debt and the deficit pledges

by Michael Burke.

The Tory Party has decided to make public finances a key battleground for the election. Key supporters of austerity such as the FT’s economics editor Chris Giles have echoed that, arguing that the “defining battle of the 2015 general election [is] over borrowing and public spending“. It is only possible to stake out political ground on […]

Chilcot: Establishment writes its own rules to evade embarrassment

by Michael Meacher.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war (March-April 2003, nearly 12 years ago) was set up in 2009 and took public evidence from its last witness in 2011. The announcement yesterday that the report after 6 years on inquiry is being strung out until after the election this May is truly scandalous. Cameron has tried […]

The economy should be Labour’s turf, not the Tories’

by Michael Meacher.

It is astonishing that the Tories have opted to fight the coming election on their economic record (maybe because fighting on any other issue would be even worse?) – and equally astonishing that Labour has made such a poor fist of retaliation. The simple truth is, there is nothing at all about the Tory economic […]

Tories revert to their age-old policy of stopping the poor breeding

by Michael Meacher.

Occasionally the mask slips and the truth becomes clear. We had already been told that the Tories planned to limit child benefit to the first two children because it would save money. Then IDS (Iain Duncan Smith) let the cat out of the bag: he said it would promote “behavioural change”. This element in the […]

The joy of UK politics: Tories choose gutter press smear operations rather than debates

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In yesterday’s Mail on Sunday. we’re told that Ed Miliband and Ed Balls knew the economy was speeding into a brick wall and therefore privately urged Gordon Brown to go for an election in Autumn 2007. This, from a book by former Doncaster mayor and self-styled fixer for Labour in Yorkshire, Martin Winter. An aside. […]

Election should be about vision of new economic order – Is Labour ready?

by Michael Meacher.

It is ironic that the Tories, the enemies of ideology and avowed exponents of pragmatism, are starting this election with a much stronger ideological pitch than Labour, normally the proud presenter of an alternative vision. Osborne has gone on the offensive immediately by advocating the balanced budgeting and small state goals of the 1920-30s aimed […]

Osborne learns to his cost that private markets don’t oblige

by Michael Meacher.

It’s really rich that Osborne has tweeted: “Vital this (drop in the oil price) is passed on to families at petrol pumps, through utility bills and air fares”. He’s spent the last 5 years lambasting Labour in support of the Tory free market mantra that the State should get out of the way and leave […]

The snoopers’ charter raises its ugly head again

by Michael Meacher.

Bang on cue, Cameron this week reiterated what Andrew Parker, head of MI5, had demanded just before, that in the light of the Paris killings the UK security services needed more surveillance powers. Whenever there is a terrorist incident MI5 never misses an opportunity to demand ‘more resources’, closely followed in tandem by Cameron and May. […]

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