August, 2015

A real laugh

Sally Gimson  |  31 August 2015

As mayor of London Boris Johnson has been more Silvio Berlusconi than Julius Caesar, writes Sally Gimson The gods are against Boris Johnson. First, David Cameron led the Tories to an outright victory in the election in May. Then George Osborne made a grab for the centre-ground in the budget, and the crisis in the eurozone avoided …

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Neither ‘blue’ nor ‘Bullingdon’

Jacqui Smith  |  30 August 2015

Being one of the longest serving home secretaries is a double-edged sword for the wannabe leader, warns Jacqui Smith Some people believe that Theresa May has had her day as a Tory leadership contender, but she is a woman who has been underestimated throughout her career. Furthermore, as Angela Merkel, Tessa Jowell, Margaret Hodge and …

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Politics first, economics second

Conor Pope  |  29 August 2015

The chancellor is comfortable encroaching on Labour territory, says Conor Pope How many Labour hearts sank at the words ‘national living wage’ in George Osborne’s recent budget? Never mind the economic connotations of the policy; the political ones are brutal for the left. It was so obviously the big moment of the speech, and the …

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Parties at war

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 August 2015

‘Now it’s open war’, screamed the Daily Mail headline on 18 June 2015. Not, this time, a comment on the Labour leadership race that was then getting into full swing, but the contest to come on the Treasury benches. The future race to be leader of the Conservative party, a vacancy David Cameron himself pre-announced …

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Lonely leaders

Olly Parker  |  28 August 2015

Why the Labour party needs outriders —If it was true that during the welfare reform and work bill Harriet Harman was ‘acting as her own outrider’ and deliberately making bold statements to try and take Labour’s policy on welfare closer to where the public are, then it is yet another sign of weakness in our nation’s left-leaning organisations. No leader, even an acting …

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The government is not taking Calais seriously

Thom Brooks  |  28 August 2015

August might be the silly season, but there’s nothing funny about the awful images from Calais and Europe’s borders. Hundreds of people with nothing but the clothes on their backs and hope for the future. Their desperation is palpable and moving as European states struggle to move quickly enough to stem what is becoming a …

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Why purpose and power are one and the same

Adam Harrison  |  27 August 2015

A member of my local party, a pensioner, came up to me at a recent community festival, fuming. He was, and still is, extremely angry at the failure of the Labour party to regain power this year. His anger was not of the type I have seen much in the party. It was deeply personal …

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Time for a third runway?

Paul Nowak and Ruth Cadbury MP  |  27 August 2015

Should Heathrow press ahead with a new runway? Paul Nowak and Ruth Cadbury go head to head Photo: Wendell

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‘A concentration camp above ground, a mass grave beneath’

Gary Kent  |  27 August 2015

Iraq remains a four-letter word in British politics that just keeps giving. Owen Jones‘ recent effusive encomium in the Guardian to Jeremy Corbyn and his pledge to apologise for what Jones calls ‘the greatest western foreign policy catastrophe of our time’ also lists crimes and consequences which flowed from the 2003 invasion. Jones’ list is, …

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The missing 30

Richard Angell  |  26 August 2015

Labour was founded, not to bring about socialism – that came later with the 1918 Fabian-authored Clause IV, but to put working-class people into parliament. Initially groups like the National Union of Miners stayed with the Liberal party, hoping for scraps off the table. Soon it was clear that only Labour was committed to this …

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