Posts Tagged ‘2015 general election’

Labour’s timid education manifesto – and what it must include next time

by Naomi Fearon.

Our education eystem has undergone a severe and vicious ideological assault since 2010 with teacher morale at all-time lows, a rise in child mental health issues due to over testing and a teacher recruitment crisis to name but a few. Never was there such an education Secretary that provoked such vitriol and contempt than Michael […]

The Left needs to unpack what “Electability” really means

by Max Leak.

The candidacy of Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party leadership has stimulated the party’s old debate surrounding the Left and “electability”: supporters of the Islington North MP claim that elections are won by a clear and confident statement of one’s ideas, whilst opponents universally claim that elections are won, always and in any circumstance, by […]

In the UK as in Greece do you stay with failed policies or change course?

by Michael Meacher.

Almost everyone, and that includes the IMF and the ECB, now admit that austerity has gone far too far and is now holding back growth. The only exception are the Germans, but even they are now losing ground. They were forced to concede the eurozone bailouts which they never agreed with, they were compelled to […]

Labour’s Scottish bloodbath … And what needs to be done about it

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As an ex-Trot, I’ve got previous when it comes to looking at reality and laughing in its face. I’ve been running through those memories … hope that the far left might work together constructively … that a new workers’ party was a go-er … that the paper I used to sell was improving … in […]

Miliband and Murphy must apologise for ‘Better Together’

by Jon Lansman.

It is clearer this morning than it has ever been. Lord Ashworth’s polls leave us in no doubt that the threat to Labour from the SNP that has been forecast by other polls is very real. If Labour loses this election, it will have lost it primarily in Scotland. Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran stand […]

A Con-Lab coalition would be the nuclear option – mutually assured destruction

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

With the polls bouncing all over the place and only a few daft enough to make predictions about the general election, there’s a lot of coalition talk doing the rounds. The SNP and Greens – wisely – have ruled out any arrangement with the Conservatives. And Farage has ruled out a deal with Labour (thanks […]

The Great Moving Left Show: making it happen

by Trevor Fisher.

The Independent article showing that a substantial majority of electors oppose Osborne’s cuts programme contrasted with New Labour‘s failure to join the majority. Sixty six percent opposed Osborne’s plans for clearing the deficit by 2017-18 while only 30% supported them. However in the Westminster Bubble, austerity is unquestionable and the disjuncture with popular opinion is toxic. How […]

Seven predictions for British politics in 2015

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Seems like an opportune time to channel my inner Nostradamus. “Serious” political commentators as a rule fight shy of making hard and fast predictions because one’s liable to get shown up, especially as the 2015 election will be a close-run affair with all kinds of political insurgents set to skew the result this way that […]

The next election is a race both main parties seem anxious to lose

by Michael Meacher.

By any standards the Tories must be odds-on to lose the next election. They have not won an election with an overall majority for 22 years, and if they couldn’t win an overall majority in 2010 in the aftermath of the crash and against one of the most unpopular prime ministers in modern times, their […]

Unions have united for Labour victory. The party must respond to union concerns

by Billy Hayes.

All the signs are that Labour can form a majority government in 2015. Lord Ashcroft’s larger opinion polls all indicate that the Tories and Lib Dems are going to lose a lot of seats to Labour. David Cameron seems to agree. This realisation forced him into a large Cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to find […]

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