Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Blue Labour and the Church of England: on class, ethnicity and politics

by David Pavett.

The recent pastoral letter of the Church of England bishops (Who is my neighbour?) is an effort to inject ethical considerations into a pre-election process in which they are seen to be in short supply. Jon Cruddas, head of the Labour policy review, wrote an article in the Guardian welcoming the letter in glowing and […]

Whistleblowers do more to hold governments to account than parliaments

by Michael Meacher.

Whistle-blowers are worth their weight in gold, though governments certainly don’t think so. Some of the most important things we’ve learnt about the nature of the societies we live in have come exclusively from whistle-blowers, without whose help the democratic holding of governments to account in critical areas of policy would have been impossible. The […]

What does the general election mean for the NHS?

by Andy Newman.

With the general election just weeks away, it is worth considering what the stakes are for the NHS. Although the record of the last Labour government is controversial in some respects, such as introducing PFI, and bringing rapacious private contractors like Carillion, and ISS into the NHS, both of whom the GMB trade union have […]

Uniting against Islamophobia, antisemitism and fascism in Europe

by Billy Hayes.

An ugly situation in Europe is turning nastier. In recent years we’ve seen a growth of racist and populist right wing parties across the continent. Many mainstream politicians have pandered to this development, choosing to blame migrants and the Muslim community for the economic and social problems that austerity has created. On top of this, Western […]

Young Labour Members to hold Conference about democracy

by Rida Vaquas.

Democracy and Young Labour have, in recent history, been mutually exclusive. The strange incompatibility of democracy in this organisation and Labour Students has been justified with various excuses: “we should spend the money on campaigning” (as if a political organisation has no politics); “it will disenfranchise women” (as if the majority of women in our […]

The right to protest is precious – we must defend it

by Jeremy Corbyn.

The right to protest is a precious and important one. It is fundamental to any democracy. Co-operation with the police has always been a sensitive area and indeed current legislation requires agreement with the police on march and demonstration routes. However, something very fundamental has changed this week. The organisers of the Time to Act […]

One million fewer registered this year to vote hits the young, poor & minorities

by Jon Lansman.

Research by Labour and Hope Not Hate has found that the vast majority of local authorities – 307 out of 373 sampled – have seen voter registration fall in the last year. Overall, across all local authorities, there are 950,845 fewer electors than there were in last year’s registers. In some places, the drop is more […]

Young Labour leaders ridicule member for working in a restaurant

by Jake Johnstone.

This is the text of an open letter to Labour Party General Secretary, Iain McNicol Dear Iain, My name is Jake. You’ve only met me once so I doubt that you’d remember this particular bespectacled Labour-supporting 19 year old. Anyway, hello. I currently work in a restaurant in Waterloo. I enjoy my job. It’s sociable, […]

Labour must outline a new settlement for public services

by Michael Meacher.

The future of public services is at a watershed in this election. The independent Resolution Foundation has calculated that Tory plans to balance the deficit by 2018 mean £37bn more cuts still to come. The stark truth of that means a cut in local government spending of no less than 42% between 2010-18, nearly halving […]

Meeting our future health challenges

by Grahame Morris.

The NHS will be at the heart and soul of Labour’s General Election campaign. We have lost five years, as the Coalition’s top down reorganisation has left the NHS unprepared to meet the health challenges of the 21st Century. The current NHS crisis is rooted in the Government’s decisions to make cuts to adult social care, […]

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