Posts under ‘Politics’

1,000 richest Britons worth £547bn, 13m others now in poverty, half in work

by Michael Meacher.

Murdoch’s Sunday Times has just published its Rich List for 2015 which shows that the richest 1,000 persons based in Britain now have wealth valued at £547.1bn. That works out at an average level of wealth of nearly £550 millions per person, though there are wide variations between the threshold level of £100 millions at the […]

The new sectarian politics of Scotland and the demise of working class unity

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, canvasing the streets of Stevenston in North Ayrshire, a former Labour voter told me that the only way forward was for Scottish Labour and the SNP to merge. He meant it not as advice but as explanation of why he could not vote Labour. Some are hostile to Labour, others just confused. And even many of those […]

What the SNP says versus what the SNP does

by Manuel Cortes.

Last week, when I spoke at the STUC Congress against the SNP putting both Scotrail and the Caledonian Sleeper in the hands of privateers, I said that actions speak far louder than words. Let’s face it, the SNP hardly misses an opportunity to argue that the public sector should play a key role in delivering […]

At the ballot box, we’re all equal for a moment – let’s vote to keep it that way

by Jon Trickett.

Tonight I came home to find my ballot paper waiting in the letter box. Tomorrow I will be able to cast my postal vote for my Labour candidate (me as it happens). In voting I will be joined by millions of others. Stop and reflect a minute. Because my vote only has the same weight as yours and […]

Why Brand-ing Miliband was the right move

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A Frost/Nixon for our age? No, but the media reaction to Russell Brand’s encounter with Ed Miliband is out of all proportion to what was said. The actual content of the interview is pretty innocuous, at least from the standpoint of grizzled lefties and hardened politicos. Yet where Brand’s core audience are concerned, the teens to the […]

The figures still stack up to a Labour government

by Michael Meacher.

Nate Silver, the statistician who predicted the US election results right in 2012, has said his forecasting model indicates neither main party can get a parliamentary majority with just one partner. What he didn’t say however were two things that are more important than this headline. One is that the Tories can’t get to the […]

Brand – Miliband: the interview (video)

by Guest.

The one you’ve been waiting for… Milibrand: The Interview. In this instalment of ‘The Trews: Politics Week’ Russell Brand meets Labour leader Ed Miliband to talk about the public’s frustration with government and how change can happen.

Hound of Hounslow shows non-regulation of banks remains extremely dangerous

by Michael Meacher.

No-one had heard of Navinder Singh Sarao until on 6 May 2010 he ‘spoofed’ the international stock markets while sitting in his room in his parents’ semi in Hounslow and made $879,000 on that day alone and, it is alleged, $40 millions fraudulently over 5 years. He is now awaiting extradition to the US to […]

Is Willie Bain going to be the last man left standing for Labour in Scotland?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

You’re in a secure military facility and there’s an intercontinental ballistic missile, inbound. The anti-missile batteries have fired and missed. Electronic counter measures cannot dissuade it from its course. You glance helplessly at the blip on the radar getting closer and closer, hoping the blast doors are thick enough, that the concrete bunker is buried […]

Let us now take Osborne apart

by Michael Meacher.

You have to hand it to Osborne, he’s managed to manufacture an entirely false story about the economy and get it accepted as the official narrative explaining what’s happened. First he has tried to make out after 2010 that the financial crash in 2008-9 occurred because the Labour government splurged on spending. But this is […]

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