Posts under ‘Labour’

How Labour can see off the Greens

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Political parties are always coalitions of interests, and nowhere is that truer than in our dear old Westminster parliament: practically the last bastion of winner-takes-all parliamentary elections in the world. All it takes to form a majority government is 325 seats, a feat that can be managed without winning an absolute majority of votes. And […]

Things Labour needs to do to beat UKIP #2: raise pay and cap the cost of living

by Jon Lansman.

Whilst Ed Balls stuck stubbornly to accepting that the economy was now growing rather than “flatlining“, with his disastrous conclusion that you couldn’t fund spending by borrowing in the up-swing, Ed Miliband was absolutely right last year to focus on the cost of living. “The first and last test of economic policy is whether living standards for […]

Young Labour and Gaza: first as farce, then as farce

by Conrad Landin.

The religion of socialism is for me not so much the language of priorities, as  the language of common sense, of right and wrong. So sitting on the Young Labour national committee has been a frustrating experience. At the August meeting, senior members of the committee – including chair Simon Darvill and national executive committee […]

Labour needs a shadow Minister specifically to tackle inequality

by Michael Meacher.

The gravy train rolls on reaching ever more sickening heights of greed, selfish gratification and disregard for the ever deeper miasma of poverty that disfigures our country. The latest figures show that the richest 10% of the UK population, who already owned 52% of UK wealth just before the 2008 crash, have become significantly richer […]

Why Britain needs a pay rise

by Mike Hedges.

Tomorrow the TUC demonstration will be highlighting why Britain needs a pay rise. The extent to which people’s living standards have dropped is greater than ever before. I was shocked when a Unite bus driver told me how every month his wife’s parents have to give them £200 to be able to pay their rent and […]

Is UKIP taking some progressive stances that Labour is afraid of taking?

by Guest.

UKIP is stealing important weapons in the progressive armoury, and Labour seems powerless to respond, almost losing a safe seat in a by-election, says Damien Hockney, former UKIP member of the London Assembly and Deputy Leader of Roberty Kilroy-Silk’s breakaway party, Veritas. Since then, UKIP has apparently been in discussion with a sitting Labour MP who […]

The political elite in action: who represents Yorkshire in Labour’s shadow cabinet?

by Jon Lansman.

If you want more reason for dealing with the political elite’s career structure in the Labour party, just look at who represents Yorkshire in Labour’s shadow cabinet. Labour has 32 MPs from Yorkshire (the Tories having gained 10 seats in 2010), just 12% of the 258 won by Labour in 2010, but it has 37% […]

Things Labour needs to do to beat UKIP #1: destroy the political elite’s career structure

by Jon Lansman.

One comment on the website of a Clacton local paper this week summarised the attitude of so many: If it means that the lying, corrupt political elite of this country finally wake up and realise that they must start to serve the people of this country and not themselves then maybe some good will come […]

It is vital that the House of Commons today recognises the Palestinian state

by Michael Meacher.

It is significant that today’s vote in the Commons for Britain to recognise the Palestinian state alongside the Israeli state comes not at the behest of the government, but on the initiative of an MP (the redoubtable and resourceful Labour MP, Grahame Morris) under the relatively new procedure that allows backbenchers to choose the issue […]

Labour and Palestine – when is a whip not a whip

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Picking a fight with one of your party’s most powerful lobbies is a risky affair. When so doing having a clear objective in mind helps, as well as a strategy that shows off your leadership virtues. Think Tony Blair and the unions. Think – yes – Dave and equal marriage. Which brings us to the […]

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