Posts under ‘Politics’

The Tories shuffling towards defeat

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

“What a weird cabinet reshuffle“, muses Dan Hodges. “Massacre of the moderates!” shouts Labour. Yes, really. “Brutal ministerial cull” says The Mirror. On and on it goes. Yes, some Tory careers have limped unlamented into the night, including some big hitters. But the story is of ruthlessness and verve, of Dave slicing through his government and leaving behind him […]

Reshuffle: ‘Gove Out’ is a hollow victory for education campaigners

by John Millington.

For a man who has had an online game dedicated to slapping him millions of times, it is some what of an achievement that Michael Gove has lasted as long as he has. Derided by teachers and the butt of jokes over his condemnation of strike action despite his union past (he was a member […]

Fall in construction output shows Osborne “recovery” has lost momentum

by Michael Meacher.

The latest economic figures revealing a shock fall in construction output of more than 1% between April and May this year are alarming, but might be brushed off as an isolated quirk if all the other evidence pointed the other way. But it doesn’t. The construction slowdown is matched by an unexpected slump in factory […]

Neither Benn nor Skinner: Prescott blames Polly Toynbee for Labour wilderness years

by Jon Lansman.

I missed a letter in the Guardian last week from the redoubtable John Prescott, setting the record straight on two important slights on the working class hero status of Comrade Skinner. Polly Toynbee, now regarded by some as a radical, had been horribly off-message in her reluctance to regret the ejection by Labour MPs of Dennis Skinner from its national […]

Training and the ‘forgotten 50%’

by Grahame Morris.

For too long there has been an assumption that the best path to success for young people is via the conventional academic route. That kind of thinking is now out of date. For a 14 year old following the traditional academic route there is a clear route through GCSEs to A’ levels and on to […]

The thoughts of Chairman Luke reprised (or be careful who you vote for)

by Jon Lansman.

Labour party members should find ballot papers for Labour’s national executive dropping onto their doormats tomorrow morning. You’ll find details of Centre Left candidates here. This is the year the executive gets to vote on Labour’s manifesto – there isn’t a more important meeting your representatives get to attend. Every vote counts and, unfortunately, Dennis Skinner has already […]

Held hostage by big pharma

by Mike Marqusee.

In an extract from his forthcoming new book (which can be ordered here) Mike Marqusee slams the drug companies exploiting his cancer to gouge the public purse. In recent months, I’ve been taking a medication called Revlimid, given as a “late therapy” for multiple myeloma. Since it looks like I may be Revlimid-dependent for a while, I decided […]

Spain’s socialists pick new leader on road to nowhere

by Tom Gill.

Spain’s opposition Socialists will elect a new leader on Sunday, in a an effort to reverse the party’s dramatic electoral decline and head off the challenge from new and existing parties to its left. After seven years in government, the Socialists were ousted by the right wing Popular Party in a landslide general election in […]

Mandelson is 20 years out of date

by Jeremy Corbyn.

The papers last weekend were obsessing over the 20th anniversary of Blair’s election to the Labour Party leadership. Although Blair’s been vigorous in defending his record, his legacy will be forever tainted by his neocon foreign policies, his deception over the Iraq invasion and the vast amounts of money he has made since leaving office, including £13 […]

What today’s strikes are all about

by Andy Newman.

While David Cameron bleets about the alleged lack of a mandate for today’s strike, it should be remembered that the turnout in strike ballots would be a lot higher if the current legal requirements were sensibly adapted to allow, for example, workplace balloting, plus internet and phone voting. In any event GMB members voted 3:1 in […]

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