January, 2014

How will the Lib Dems actually do?

Lewis Baston  |  31 January 2014

Public opinion, at least in terms of voting intention, has been unusually stable during this parliament. There has barely been any change in the main parties’ ratings since the middle of 2013, when Labour’s lead over the Conservatives narrowed and Ukip support subsided a bit from its peak just after the county council elections in …

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Happy new year?

Matt Forde  |  31 January 2014

The surest sign that the Christmas joy is over is when the party leaders release their new year messages. This year they were unforgivably dull. If you haven’t seen them, and I really, really hope that you haven’t, here’s a quick summary. David Cameron He loves an industrial backdrop, doesn’t he? Dave’s new year message …

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Why ‘two states’ is the only solution

John Lyndon  |  31 January 2014

The news that Peter Hain has put his weight behind the so-called one-state ‘solution’, is disappointing, coinciding as it does with the first efforts in over three years for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate the only solution that promises to end this tragic conflict. The two-state solution is the only one that a majority of …

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Progressive Prague?

Jordan Newell  |  31 January 2014

This week in Prague, the Czech social democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka finally took office as prime minister. Against a backdrop of internal party divisions, a hostile president and a fragmented political spectrum, Sobotka has beaten the odds – both in his country and his party – to make it into the top job. Young, mild-mannered …

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Is the government out of ideas?

Angela Eagle MP  |  31 January 2014

I began Business of the House Questions by raising the upcoming Winter Olympics which are being held in the Russian town of Sochi. While I am looking forward to cheering on our Olympic and Paralympic athletes, we can’t ignore the homophobic laws which the Russian government has recently passed. In an attempt to downplay the …

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Election ’74: the birth of modern British politics

Robert Philpot  |  30 January 2014

It was the year Abba’s Waterloo won the Eurovision song contest; Suzi Quatro, Alvin Stardust and the Osmonds topped the charts; and Jon Pertwee made his final appearance as Doctor Who. If the popular culture of 40 years ago seems somewhat alien, the politics appears at first positively archaic. The monochrome images of February 1974 …

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Apprenticeships at heart of Labour’s growth plan

Andrew Adonis  |  30 January 2014

Despite the UK having near-record levels of youth unemployment, many of our best small businesses are held back by major skills shortages in key growth sectors. Tackling this mismatch, with an expansion of modern apprenticeships, needs to be at the heart of Labour’s growth plan if we are to allow our growth sectors to compete …

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Schulz for president?

Alan Donnelly  |  30 January 2014

This year for the first time, party groups in the European parliament are putting up unified candidates for the presidency of the European commission. The Party of European Socialists has nominated the German president of the European parliament Martin Schulz. While there is some dissent about ‘politicisation’ of the commission through choosing single candidates in …

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The Labour case for local electoral reform

Darren Hughes  |  30 January 2014

Ed Miliband has easily won conference season two years running. His pitch for Labour to be the party of One Nation has helped to frame the party’s approach to the last half of this parliament. Last autumn he added his theme of fixing broken markets, a notion still being talked about many months after his …

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Labour must ‘get tech’

Theo Blackwell  |  29 January 2014

This year sees the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, and now more than ever understanding its impact on our economy and society will be fundamental to any party with aspirations to govern. Here’s why: The internet is changing employment radically. Economists and futurists in the both the UK and US predict that the …

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