Posts under ‘Politics’

Why Britain needs a pay rise

by Mike Hedges.

Tomorrow the TUC demonstration will be highlighting why Britain needs a pay rise. The extent to which people’s living standards have dropped is greater than ever before. I was shocked when a Unite bus driver told me how every month his wife’s parents have to give them £200 to be able to pay their rent and […]

What Tories really think of the minimum wage

by Grahame Morris.

David Cameron’s welfare minister has advocated treating those most in need differently by paying them below the national minimum wage. Lord David Freud, talking amongst friends at Conservative Party Conference, said he thought there was “a group” of disabled people who are “not worth the full wage”. Lord Freud is not the only Conservative seeking to […]

Osborne’s own policies shrink tax revenues, yet he cuts more to compensate

by Michael Meacher.

There are now unmistakeable signs that Osborne’s so-called economic recovery is fading, despite all the right-wing think tanks and pro-Tory media to talk it up. A survey of 7,000 businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce has just found that manufacturers have suffered a sharp slowdown in export orders, and even more significantly domestic sales […]

UKIP, image & reality: brash, loud and uncompromising – naff but canny

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This tweet (shown below) by Ellie Mae O’Hagan planted a seed. Strip away the populist politics for a moment, what is it that UKIP’s chosen symbol – the pound sign – says about their party? Or, to be more accurate, what is it about the logo that resonates. What about Nigel Farage. Is his appeal […]

Is UKIP taking some progressive stances that Labour is afraid of taking?

by Guest.

UKIP is stealing important weapons in the progressive armoury, and Labour seems powerless to respond, almost losing a safe seat in a by-election, says Damien Hockney, former UKIP member of the London Assembly and Deputy Leader of Roberty Kilroy-Silk’s breakaway party, Veritas. Since then, UKIP has apparently been in discussion with a sitting Labour MP who […]

Self-employed to be removed from Health & Safety at Work protection

by Michael Meacher.

Next week the government is intending to push through legislation which will remove the cover which self-employed people have always received over the last 40 years since the passing of the Health & Safety at Work Act. Section 3 of this act currently places a duty on all employers and self-employed people to ensure, as […]

The Establishment and How They Get Away With It – live webcast at 6:30pm

by Owen Jones.

A live webcast from the LSE featuring Owen Jones talking about The Establishment and How They Get Away With It will take place here at 6:30pm today.  Visit this page shortly before the advertised start time and click on the play button to begin watching the webcast. If the webcast does not begin at the allotted time, […]

The political elite in action: who represents Yorkshire in Labour’s shadow cabinet?

by Jon Lansman.

If you want more reason for dealing with the political elite’s career structure in the Labour party, just look at who represents Yorkshire in Labour’s shadow cabinet. Labour has 32 MPs from Yorkshire (the Tories having gained 10 seats in 2010), just 12% of the 258 won by Labour in 2010, but it has 37% […]

Things Labour needs to do to beat UKIP #1: destroy the political elite’s career structure

by Jon Lansman.

One comment on the website of a Clacton local paper this week summarised the attitude of so many: If it means that the lying, corrupt political elite of this country finally wake up and realise that they must start to serve the people of this country and not themselves then maybe some good will come […]

It is vital that the House of Commons today recognises the Palestinian state

by Michael Meacher.

It is significant that today’s vote in the Commons for Britain to recognise the Palestinian state alongside the Israeli state comes not at the behest of the government, but on the initiative of an MP (the redoubtable and resourceful Labour MP, Grahame Morris) under the relatively new procedure that allows backbenchers to choose the issue […]

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