Posts under ‘Politics’

Gideon’s promise of a Goldilocks recovery is pure fantasy

by Michael Meacher.

George Osborne preened himself – yet again – at the IMF conference 2 days ago that the Western economies are now set for a prosperous future, even as central banks steadily withdraw the lifeline that kept them afloat after the 2008 crash. Apparently normality is returning after the unfortunate blip five to six years ago. […]

Alexis Tsipras backs mass demonstration in Paris against austerity

by Tom Gill.

Thousands of people protested in Paris on Saturday calling for a change in the austerity policies of President Francois Hollande. The Front de Gauche, whose principle components are the French Communist Party (PCF) and the Parti de Gaunche, led the demonstration that declared “Hollande, enough!” and rallied “against austerity” and for “equality and the redistribution of […]

Anti-Roma attacks show need to resist rise of the far-right throughout European Union

by Jeremy Corbyn.

Last Monday saw the wonderful sight of Roma flags raised outside Downing Street, representing a small proportion of the 12 million Roma people who live within the European Union. The Roma suffer huge discrimination and abuse on differing levels in every country across Europe. They were the first victims of the nazis, who shipped them off […]

Tory lies: why no Labour rebuttal?

by Michael Meacher.

One of the few good things that Blair did as party leader was to set up a prompt, robust and effective rebuttal machine to counter lying Tory propaganda. It worked. Within hours of false, misleading or selective Tory claims being aired, a strong Labour rebuttal was in place in the media. It is worrying that […]

A Scotland free from Tory rule for good is the offer Labour has to beat

by Jon Lansman.

Watching Alex Salmond’s speech to the SNP Spring Conference, it is almost impossible to see Scottish independence as anything other than inevitable. If not this year, then at least sometime in the not too distant future. It doesn’t matter that I am an internationalist who doesn’t believe that independence can exist in any meaningful sense […]

Labour’s education policy draft is woefully inadequate – here’s an alternative

by David Pavett.

The Labour party has made available eight draft policy documents for discussion and amendment. Once again, the procedures surrounding this process are confusing – but it is crucial that party branches exercise their rights. Constituency parties (CLPs) and affiliated organisations are restricted to submitting ten amendments in total, with no more than four on any […]

MPs, press, police, bankers – none can be left to regulate themselves

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s obstinate defence of Maria Miller against the large majority of his own party and the public who want to be rid of her for her greed, arrogance and sheer callous disregard for decent standards in public life needs some explaining. Maybe he wanted to put in the knife himself in his own time in […]

Hungary swings right

by Tom Gill.

Translated by Tom Gill, from the original by Marco Santopadre The parliamentary elections in Hungary on Sunday confirmed a trend already evident in recent years – a right wing government that maintains its position of dominance and a growing neo-Nazi opposition. The election also saw an increase in voter turnout, by four percentage points, reaching […]

Time for the low inequality, high performance alternative from Labour

by Bryan Gould.

There is no novelty is arguing, as George Osborne does, that there is no alternative to his destructive and divisive policies of austerity – TINA was, after all, the Thatcherite catch-cry and as misleading in her day as it is today. But it is surely stretching credulity too far to suggest, as John Harris did […]

Don’t believe Cameron’s hype – the Welsh NHS has much to teach the English

by Julian Tudor-Hart.

Cameron this week labelled the Welsh NHS ‘a scandal’, and some Blairites have echoed him. But Wales is ‘doing more with less’ more effectively than the English NHS – and without privatisation. The Welsh created the NHS, modelled on miners’ mutual aid schemes. They have so far strongly resisted attempts to return healthcare to market […]

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