September, 2014

The ‘extremism asbo’: time for clarity

Erin Marie Saltman  |  30 September 2014

In today’s speech by home secretary Theresa May at the Conservative party conference, audiences were left with the overall sense that extremism, in its broadest sense, would be directly confronted by the Conservative government’s manifesto. Much of what May declared today should be welcomed by British audiences. However, we also need to be wary about …

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The smallest things

Catriona Ogilvy  |  30 September 2014

Each year in the United Kingdom 80,000 babies receive specialist NHS neonatal care, with approximately a quarter spending a prolonged period of time in hospital. Parents of premature babies often describe their hospital journey as a physical and emotional rollercoaster. I have been on this rollercoaster and have written about my experiences as part of …

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The Establishment

Stephen Bush  |  30 September 2014

In the 1940s, George Orwell described Britain as ‘a family with the wrong members in control’. In the decades that followed, while the clan’s gnarled old patriarchs may have still spent more of the time with their hands on the family purse, those ambitious great-grandchildren could no longer claim to be entirely cut off from …

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Target practice

The Progressive  |  29 September 2014

Labour has a list of 106 seats it plans to take next May. It urgently needs to revise it As Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke, chief of staff of the Prussian army for more than 30 years, once famously remarked: ‘No plan survives first contact with the enemy.’ Von Moltke’s aphorism has been a handy explanation …

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Keir Hardie

More Hardie, less Stalin

Adam Harrison  |  29 September 2014

‘In order to avoid the evils of centralisation and the drawbacks of bureaucracy the central government department should assist with information and grants in aid [but] the local authorities should be given a free hand to develop their own services … in whatever way they choose.’ Such was the resolution passed by the Labour party …

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Prison Diaries

Francesca Cooney  |  29 September 2014

The difficulties that beleaguered prisons face are well documented in numerous official inquiries alongside a plethora of books by famous, and infamous, former prisoners. In light of this, is there anything new or interesting to be said? Fortunately for Denis MacShane, and his readers, there is. Prison Diaries is an engaging account of the former …

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In defence of New Labour

John McTernan  |  26 September 2014

I, for one, was grateful that Ed Miliband didn’t read the whole speech that the office intern mistakenly loaded on the Labour party’s website. (It was the intern, and it was a mistake, right?) The reason? This passage: ‘One Nation Labour has changed from New Labour – businesses have a responsibility to pay their taxes, …

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Our problem too

Michael Payne  |  26 September 2014

Labour needs to wake up to the Ukip threat ‘Ukip are more a problem for the Tories than Labour’ – a line I have heard far too often in Labour circles; a complacency that should increasingly worry us. The by-election in Clacton triggered by the resignation of Douglas Carswell is as much a test for Labour …

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Delivering Labour’s apprenticeship plan

Tom Bewick  |  26 September 2014

Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour party conference set out a ten-year plan for rebuilding our economy. A future British society – ‘one nation’ – based on a person’s potential, and not simply their birth into the ranks of a privileged few. An inconvenient truth for the Tories is that, despite the recent economic recovery, …

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A matter of life and death

Matthew Doyle  |  26 September 2014

For too long mental health has been the neglected service in our health system, not receiving the focus, investment or attention it needs compared with physical health. With one in four people experiencing some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, and depression standing as the most common mental health issue …

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