Posts Tagged ‘Class’

Too fat to work – meet your new hate figures

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Those lovely folks over at Daily Express TV have hit on a relatively untapped vein of hate. Marry together your idea of the undeserving poor sponging off the hardworking tax payer with fat people and you have the perfect scapegoat: someone who cannot work because they are obese. Channel 5’s Benefits: Too Fat to Work […]

UKIP and the perils of professionalism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

UKIP have the opposite problem to the Conservatives. The Tories are a tuned machine being tested to destruction by the clods in the control room. UKIP on the other hand have a leadership who, in the main, know what they’re doing but are cursed with a jerry-rig thrown together from whatever rusty parts they find […]

Our corrupt, self-protective, unaccountable Establishment

by Michael Meacher.

By chance several events in the few days before Christmas highlighted poignantly how the British Establishment – the small political-economic-financial elite who went to the same public schools and the same universities (usually Oxbridge) – automatically close ranks to protect each other when they come under pressure. Jonathan Burrows, a former MD of Blackrock Asset […]

Is Scotland’s Radical Independence movement a Class act?

by Cailean Gallagher.

There was a touch of class about last weekend’s Radical Independence conference (RIC): slick presentation, businesslike suits, and bold stage-lighting that shone a pinkish tint on the pale faces that packed the Clyde Auditorium one bright November day. If the job was to give RIC a new sheen, the organisers can be pleased with the result. There […]

Labour needs a shadow Minister specifically to tackle inequality

by Michael Meacher.

The gravy train rolls on reaching ever more sickening heights of greed, selfish gratification and disregard for the ever deeper miasma of poverty that disfigures our country. The latest figures show that the richest 10% of the UK population, who already owned 52% of UK wealth just before the 2008 crash, have become significantly richer […]

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 […]

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% […]

Either Labour starts to do politics. Or politics will do in Labour

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Oblivion is a shuffle, lurch, and crawl away for the Conservative Party. Even if by some dark miracle they are returned to power next year, the terminal crisis enveloping them cannot be sidestepped. Either the hard right lunatics decamp to an ever-so-pure and ever-so-irrelevant electoral lash up with the purple people bleaters, or they don’t. […]

Tories: in hock to wideboys, economically dysfunctional and politically toxic

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s tempting. You see the insurmountable difficulties besetting the Tories, and their feeble firefighting efforts, and all you want to do is point and laugh. Heaven knows how much fun I’ve had doing it these last couple of years. Unfortunately, the remorseless grind of long term economic, cultural and political change is just as surely against […]

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