Posts under ‘Labour’

Why does Labour stick to Tory austerity plans the stats show can’t be achieved?

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s boast that he would shrink the welfare state to its small scale in 1948 has been definitively scuppered by a report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). These official figures reveal that there are at least 6 major areas of public expenditure which are currently escalating rapidly and make it impossible to reconcile […]

The economic contradictions of Mr Miliband

by Ann Pettifor and Jeremy Smith.

There is much to welcome in Ed Miliband’s address last Saturday to the Labour Party’s national policy forum. For example, his argument that Britain suffers from a low-pay economy. While the number of those in employment has grown, real pay has fallen dramatically over the lifetime of the present government. At PRIME, we calculated the fall in real […]

There’s a smell of roses at Labour headquarters

by Jon Lansman.

Never let it be said that Left Futures never has a good word for Labour headquarters and staff in the Leader’s office. Today, we have particular reason to praise their judgement. At today’s meeting of Labour’s national executive committee, two rule changes proposed by CLPs having been promoted by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, have been endorsed […]

Why are all 3 parties fixated on stagnation, falling wages, rising debt & inequality?

by Michael Meacher.

It is often said that when all three political parties are locked together on the same idea, it is bound to be wrong. Given the Tory-LibDem coalition determination to continue austerity unabated throughout the next Parliament, it is sad to see Ed Miliband telling the NPF forum over this weekend that “we won’t have the […]

Trade unions vote against ending austerity in 2015

by Jon Lansman.

The climax of Labour’s formal policy process this weekend which had involved 1,300 amendments from local parties to eight policy documents, filtered down and composited by 77 regional representatives, was a debate on austerity. That’s fitting given that it is the foundation of the Coalition’s disastrous economic policy and, unfortunately, in a lighter version, of Ed Balls’s approach too. […]

Civil liberties tossed out of the window as Labour is mesmerised by security services

by Diane Abbott.

The emergency surveillance bill rushed through Parliament this week was somewhat overshadowed by David Cameron’s reshuffle and the luridly misogynistic coverage of it in parts of the Tory press. But this bill, which gave government emergency powers so that the police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records, represented a new […]

If unions simply vote for what they believe, Labour can present a bold popular programme

by Jon Lansman.

Doubts about tomorrow’s meeting of Labour’s national policy forum have already been raised by Jon Cruddas’s comments (£) about the “dead hand” of central control, which I argued remained a problem because of mistakes by Ed Miliband. Of course, party managers have ensured that Cruddas and policy forum chair, Angela Eagle, attempt to present a picture of Labour “united […]

Labour’s policy process: the stitch ups of old

by Peter Willsman.

This weekend, Labour’s national policy forum (NPF) meets in Milton Keynes for the last time before the general election. It will agree a programme which will be put to Labour Party conference for agreement in September. The last time the forum met to do this, known as “Warwick II”, was in 2008 with Gordon Brown as […]

The roll of honour: opposed to the Indiscriminate Mass Surveillance Bill

by Jon Lansman.

Sunny Hundal makes the crucial point about  this morning on Labour List: “an emergency was concocted. There’s little point in complaining about the rush because that was the whole point.” Ed Miliband’s Labour Party went along with it and Sunny rightly says “Ed Miliband’s civil liberties credentials are now in tatters.” Presumably, the calculation  was that […]

Dennis Skinner’s speech to Durham Miners Gala

by Dennis Skinner.

Dennis Skinner, speaking to the Durham Miners Gala in brilliant sunshine last Saturday. After having been ejected from Labour’s national executive the previous week by Labour MPs, he was in fine form, speaking about Cameron, the public sector strikes and ballot rules, the miners’ strike, Thatcher’s “share-owning democracy,” the mantra of “balancing the books” and […]

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