Posts under ‘Conservatives’

Cameron rats on early devolution & is nakedly partisan to secure Tory interest

by Michael Meacher.

So much for ‘The Vow’ agreed by all three party leaders just a week ago in the spirit of the union together. It is rapidly unravelling in a welter of uncertainty over what the ‘extensive new powers’ for Scotland will be, the timetable for their delivery, and above all by their being linked to party […]

Almost total tack of accountability of private hospitals is a glaring scandal

by Michael Meacher.

Last month’s report by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest on patient safety risks in private hospitals is a real eye-opener. Apparently more than 800 people have died ‘unexpectedly’ in private hospitals in the last 4 years, and a total of 921 serious injuries were recorded. Even this may be a significant under-estimation […]

The economic ‘recovery’ won’t hold till election next May

by Michael Meacher.

Fortunately for Osborne, Scotland is keeping the parlous state of the economy out of the news. UK manufacturing export orders have now turned negative for the first time in nearly 2 years, dimming any expectations that manufacturing and exports would lead the way in any upsurge. The immediate reasons blamed are the flagging Eurozone economy, […]

The Rich see only what they want to see

by Bryan Gould.

In a 50-year involvement in politics and 20 years in the House of Commons, I found that friendship is perfectly possible with people of very different political views from my own, Indeed, some of the more stimulating and amusing companions came from the ranks of those whose political views I abominated. I have often puzzled […]

Privatised railways have failed passengers and taxpayers

by Grahame Morris.

This week began with protests at Northern Rail stations, including Seaham, campaigning against the introduction of higher fares, threats to rail services, and job cuts on the rail network. Northern Rail has been pressed by the Department for Transport to raise extra revenues as sixty nine percent of their costs are covered by subsidies they receive […]

So what are UK objectives in Syria?

by Michael Meacher.

Here we go again. Cameron’s latest declaration from the NATO summit is clearly hinting his intention of joining the US on air strikes against ISIS positions in Syria as well as in Iraq. This stance is legalised by claiming that the Iraqi government has called for these strikes, which is true, and that president Assad’s […]

Why a Tory UKIP merger would lose

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When a Tory raises their eyes to the horizon everywhere they see the 12 yellow stars of the European Union twinkling in the deep blue firmament. Yes, the modern Conservative Party is dysfunctionally obsessed. It can be distracted enough to bash the poor and fulminate against trade unions, but the abiding obsession is Europe. The […]

Dirty politics down under

by Bryan Gould.

Two weeks ago we carried a piece entitled New Zealand’s Nixon by Bryan Gould about the practitioners of “attack politics … whose natural milieu is the cesspit” and one New Zealand National party (i.e. conservative) politician in particular. This week she resigned in disgrace. Judith Collins’ resignation has, it is suggested in some quarters, allowed a line […]

Rushing into new anti-extremist powers has a troublesome history

by Michael Meacher.

Here we go again. The undoubted threat represented by ISIS and the return of its recruits to the UK is leading to calls for new banning orders for extremist groups, new civil powers to target extremists, and measures to target persons even when they have actually not broken the law. It has also led to […]

Douglas Carswell’s defection: high stakes

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I know it was wrong, but when Douglas Carswell announced his defection to UKIP and the forcing of a by-election in his Clacton constituency, I couldn’t help but think “brilliant!“. I imagine the prime minister was somewhat less chuffed. His terrible summer has taken a distinct turn for the worst. And as for UKIP it needed something to command […]

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