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Selective education is rising up the agenda: it’s no time for fudging

by David Pavett.

According to the Kent on Sunday newspaper (page 11) Nicky Morgan is expected to approve the renewed application for a Sevenoaks “annex” to the Weald of Kent Grammar School. The Conservatives have blown hot and cold on selective schooling. Some recognise that selection at eleven doesn’t have sufficient political legs to run very far but […]

George Osborne’s careless Autumn statement

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Would you trust someone with the economy when they don’t know what season it is? Well, the British electorate did as as it’s winter that means Autumn Statement time! How exciting. Alas, a bravura performance from George Osborne it was not. Forced to backpedal on collapsing tax revenues and missed deficit targets, while throwing in […]

The Pole who’s too right wing for Le Pen, but has made UKIP £1m a year richer

by Jon Lansman.

Readers may recall that last year Nigel Farage was principled enough back in April to refuse to form a group in the European Parliament with Marine le Pen, French Front National leader, because of “prejudice and antisemitism” in her party – although he also said Le Pen had “got some good qualities” and was “achieving remarkable things“. […]

Labour’s conference: good news, bad news and missed opportunities

by Martin Mayer.

A review of last week’s Labour conference in Manchester by Martin Mayer, arepresentative of Unite the Union on Labour’s national executive There was certainly some very good news at this year’s Labour conference, notably on the health service but also some other policy commitments which will make a real difference to working people – and mark out […]

Scotland: the villains of the piece

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I take no pleasure in seeing an enthusiastic mass movement thwarted when it came down to it, but there is a consolation for disappointed Yes people as they woke up this morning. The Scottish referendum has changed politics forever. In order to save the union, they almost had to kill it. The new constitutional settlement […]

Is the future “local”? The case of education

by David Pavett.

The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that Labour in 2014 has been entirely won over to the cause of the devolution of power. “Top-down” control is decried in favour of “bottom up” approaches, the regions/nations of the UK are to have much more control of their own affairs (the a panic quality of […]

Yes or no, Labour should offer a new federal vision of Britain, north & south of the border

by Jon Lansman.

The only thing about the vote on Scottish independence on which we can be pretty sure is that it will be close. I’d certainly prefer a no vote although I’m no more a unionist than a nationalist. I just question the very possibility of independence for Scotland in a sterling currency zone within the European union, […]

Young Labour should not be blocked from international events

by Dominic Curran.

Today young centre-left activists from all over the world will gather for the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) summer camp in Malta for a week of debate, discussion and socialising with comrades from all different walks of life. However Young Labour will be not be attending the occasion as party staff have once more […]

Podemos is Spain’s 3rd political force, and poll gives radical left 26% in total

by Tom Gill.

An opinion poll puts the radical new formation Podemos (We Can) in third position with 15% of people surveyed indicating backing for the party led by the ponytailed 35-year-old university lecturer Pablo Iglesias. Pollster CIS found that 15% of people supported Podemos, almost double the 8% the fourth-month old party garnered in the European elections, and ahead of the traditional […]

Iraq: the guilty should face the consequences

by Andy Newman.

Political commentary is a very different art from history. It is interesting to consider how Tony Blair’s reputation would have fared, were he to have followed the path of the French and German governments, and declined British participation in the USA’s almost certainly unlawful invasion of Iraq. Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, principal private secretary […]

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