Posts under ‘Politics’

We must look back with anger

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

My home village was built on coal. All the local mines had shut before 1984 and open casting was the name of the game. Up until I left home you could see great mountains of slag and earth crouching on the horizon, the engines and buzzers of diggers echoing across the landscape early every morning. […]

The genocide of Christians is the legacy of Blair. Labour must learn the lessons

by Jon Lansman.

The persecution of Christians in Iraq has become a genocide, say their religious leaders. The slaughter of the Yazidi and others by Isis militias is no different. And there is no doubt that the 2003 invasion of Iraq planned by Bush and Blair contributed to its current disintegration and the increasing disaster caused by Isis, as Blair’s […]

Cameron granting peerages for party donations is as corrupt as Lloyd George

by Michael Meacher.

It really stinks that Cameron’s latest list of peerages includes so many Tory party donors like the Asian jewellery tycoon who either personally or through his company has made 20 donations to the Tories in the last six years, and the Tory co-treasurer who has donated over £2.3 million to the party. This rancid exchange […]

Privatised railways: a right royal British rip-off

by Mick Whelan.

The inflation figure used to calculate increases in regulated rail fares, such as off-peak and anytime day tickets, will be announced on Tuesday 19 August. The new fares will come in at the start of January and we know that, even if they are capped at the level of inflation, they will still be running […]

Shutting down women’s refuges because they don’t take men is callous & absurd

by Michael Meacher.

The Tories’ ideological zeal to do away with all forms of public service and to provide replacements via competitive tendering processes and other market devices has now hit women’s refuges. It’s hard to think of a more inappropriate and contrarian idea when this gratuitously puts women’s lives at risk. To do so when the excuse […]

Why are Labour members not allowed to select Labour Peers?

by Jon Lansman.

Last week, it seems, rumours were circulating around the Westminster bubble about the possibility of Michael Cashman, being appointed to the House of Lords. He is of course well qualified in what matters in the Bubble, as a former Eastenders star and MEP, not to mention a longstanding member of Labour’s Blair-backed but misnamed Members […]

Labour’s united against NHS privatisation (well, almost)

by Jon Lansman.

At last Labour is united against privatising the NHS: Andy Burnham has attacked “the sheer audacity of the [Tory] plan to treat the NHS as another utility to be broken up and privatised.” He is clear that “the market is not the answer to 21st century care.”(Andy is not top of the shadow cabinet rankings by a […]

35,000 low-cost homes lost last year by government’s open market policies

by Michael Meacher.

The government’s latest housing policy is to force social landlords who receive government funding to build new homes to convert a proportion of their existing social rented homes into the Tories’ new ‘affordable rent’ tenure. ‘Affordable rent’ in government-speak actually means the opposite. It means pricing rents at up to 80% of local average open […]

So where does Labour stand on: Education (part 2)

by David Pavett.

This is one of a series of posts which focus on the outcome of Labour’s policy review, as agreed by its national policy forum. In the the first part of these notes on the outcomes for education of the July meeting of Labour’s National Policy Forum I considered how different views on the role of […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to the PM seeking parliament’s recall over Gaza

by Jon Lansman.

Jeremy Corbyn today revealed he’d written to David Cameron seeking the recall of parliament to discuss the Gaza conflict “in view of the serious violations of international humanitarian law taking place.” The request is especially timely coinciding with the resignation of Sayeeda Warsi who’d said “the government’s approach and language during the current crisis in Gaza is morally indefensible.” […]

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