Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

The way back from Rochester, Strood and austerity

by Michael Meacher.

Mark Reckless’ UKIP victory over the Tories serves notice on all the parties. The Tories, having sworn to “throw the kitchen sink” at retaining it in Cameron’s words he must now regret, see a near-10,000 Tory majority in 2010 turned into a 3,000 (7.3%) UKIP lead. Labour, which never had a chance of winning, loses nearly […]

Tristram and Schools – What can we expect in government?

by David Pavett.

The People’s Parliament organised by John McDonnell MP recently held a meeting on education under the title Re-thinking schooling: class & education. The panel of speakers included Christine Blower, the General Secretary of the NUT and Diane Reay, a Cambridge university sociologist specialising in questions of class. The contributions were excellent and were followed by […]

Emily Thornberry’s tweet – double standards at play?

by Mike Phipps.

Am I the only person who thinks that the reaction to the picture of a house in Rochester decked with St George flags tweeted by Labour MP Emily Thornberrry might be a tiny bit over the top? Anne Perkins in The Guardian described it as “stupendous, crass, insensitivity” adding, “It may be the most devastating […]

The Stansgate title should not be revived, nor the pretender “elected” to the Lords

by Jon Lansman.

Tony Benn was devoted to his family, and so far as one could tell, it was always reciprocated at least in his lifetime. The devotion took many forms but I am concerned here with the impact of that devotion on the family’s public face and on political matters. In a family in which four generations have […]

Tory higher education funding farce

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I never set out to be the blogging equivalent of Mystic Meg, but annoyingly I’ve had several predictions turn out to be true. Here’s one of them. Two years ago, almost to the day, I argued that the new funding regime brought in by the LibDem-supported Conservative government would leave Higher Education with a yawning funding […]

Clive Efford bill is the final chance to protect our NHS

by Grahame Morris.

There are now less than six months to go before the next general election. Inevitably, at the heart of the campaign will be the future of our NHS, which over the last four years has been fragmented and privatised by the Conservative led Coalition Government. While the Conservative’s remain wedded to their policies of privatisation, […]

Why haven’t there been riots about endless austerity? That may be about to happen

by Michael Meacher.

One of the most remarkable facts about the British public’s attitude to prolonged austerity is the lack of the kind of open revolt which has been seen in so many other countries. In Greece it has led to the dramatic rise of Syriza under the dynamic leadership of the radical Tsipras who now has a […]

Workers of the world unite against the new generation of trade deals

by Adrian Weir.

David Cameron’s ringing endorsement at the G20 of the proposed EU-US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), was perhaps predictable but also has opened up the topic of TTIP and its like to greater public awareness. Until Brisbane discussion of this new generation of multi-lateral trade agreements was very much a topic […]

Are UKIP “profoundly un-British”?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Former Prime Minister John Major certainly thinks so. I believe the answer is more nuanced than that. Speaking on Andrew Marr yesterday, the grey man of politics said UKIP were un-British because they are “anti-everything“, particularly “anti-foreigner” and “anti-immigrant“. He added that this is “the negativity of the four-ale bar. That’s not the way to get […]

The honeymoon is over for Italian PM Mateo Renzi

by Tom Gill.

Thousands took to the streets of Milan and other cities on Friday in the first of union-led protests that will culminate in a general strike next month. At issue is the government’s labour counter-reforms that will make it easier for firms to fire workers, adding to the growing ranks of the precariat in the Eurozone’s […]

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