Posts Tagged ‘Ed Balls’

Ed Balls and “ideology”

by David Pavett.

Our politicians regularly try to convince us that they are just practical people interested in what works and not beholden to any theory. The idea that reality can be directly perceived just as it is, without recourse to any system of ideas, is idiotic. Making this claim is not an attractive trait. It means that […]

Lobby your MP to join Labour rebellion against social security cap

by Conrad Landin.

The New Statesman report today that Labour MPs including Diane Abbott, Ian Lavery and John McDonnell are planning to vote against capping benefit, when a vote on this issue takes place this Wednesday, “with more to follow”. Abbott told the Statesman that the benefit cap was “part of a political narrative which demonises welfare claimants; most […]

Beware the coming together of Mandy and Balls

by Jon Lansman.

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. The coming together of Peter Mandelson and Ed Balls is portentous of something afoot. Even for Mandy to be asked to fundraise for Balls sends a chill across the Westminster bubble. In Mandy’s words: Weren’t we the commanders-in-chief in the battle between the TBs and GBs for […]

The 50p tax rate – a welcome blow against the entitlement culture

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Did Ed Balls announce the nationalisation of the top 100 monopolies or something at yesterday’s Fabian conference? I was there, and he assuredly did not. To make sure the dangerous radicalism of putting 5p on the top rate of tax was boxed in, he even ruled out renationalising energy companies and the rail. And yet, according […]

2014: the year Miliband’s Labour turns left?

by Thomas Butler.

In 2014, Ed Miliband and his colleagues need to understand once more the reasons The Labour Party came into fruition. And they need to articulate a clear, radical alternative to Tory Austerity with a vision of a post neo-liberal Britain that appeals to swing voters, but also many of those ‘don’t knows’ and stay at […]

Ed Balls’s speech: what he said in 22 points

by David Pavett.

As the 2015 election approaches the details of policy pronouncements become every more important. The notes below are intended to summarise the points in Ed Balls Annual Conference speech in 22 points. Under the Coalition: 1. tax increases and cuts have not delivered the promised deficit reduction and economic growth. They have failed by the […]

Ken Clarke, Gordon Brown – and why the Eds shouldn’t back Tory spending plans

by Mark Seddon.

Shortly after Labour’s landslide victory in 1997, for some perverse reason I invited Ken Clarke to attend one of our monthly Tribune dinners in the Gay Hussar restaurant, that old canteen of the Labour Left, in London’s Soho. Clarke professed himself baffled by the assembled journos, cartoonists, MPs and trades unionists asking if we spent […]

Unite backing for continued public ownership of RBS

by Jon Lansman.

Ahead of the report by the parliamentary commission on banking standards, due to report back this week on the future of RBS, Unite, which represents workers at RBS and 120,000 workers altogether in financial services, has called on the government to commit to the full nationalisation of RBS in which the state currently has an […]

Labour can see the light, so why won’t it act?

by Michael Meacher.

In the last week Labour has tried valiantly to get across the message that it can be just as tough as the Tories in taking unpopular decisions, but with ingenuity it can be done without causing harm. It is a message that strains credulity, though it has delighted the Blairites. Contrary however to what the […]

Did the two Eds last week expose Labour’s policy process as a sham?

by Jon Lansman.

Last week the two Eds made speeches which deal with key aspects of Labour’s economic strategy. There may have been differing views within the party of the content of these speeches including on Left Futures, not least because they have been spun in different ways to different audiences.  But that isn’t the only aspect which […]

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