Monday Politics

Michael Gove

Home truths for Michael Gove

Jacqui Smith  |  17 November 2014

Parliamentary discontent with the government’s handling of EU crime and justice measures, in particular the European arrest warrant, rumbles on today in the House of Lords. Timothy Boswell, chair of the Lords European Union committee, is tabling a ‘statement of regret’ ie ‘We’re flipping peed off with the handling of this’, with the cross-party support …

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Police tape

What will come after police commissioners?

Jacqui Smith  |  3 November 2014

Well done to Alan Billings and Labour campaigners in the South Yorkshire Police area. Last week, I was reading that the United Kingdom Independence party was ‘expected’ to gain this police and crime commissioner position. This week, I am reading much less about the fact that Labour and Alan succeeded in getting more than 50 …

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Discarded Labour rose

Time for Labour to stop trashing its own record

Jacqui Smith  |  20 October 2014

‘What is your greatest weakness’? – an idiotic interview question in my view, but nevertheless apparently a popular one. Suggestions for answering it include ‘I’m just too much of a perfectionist/workaholic’ and other lies. Despite the possibility of this question, preparation for a job interview should involve quite a lot of combing through our CVs …

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Ukip conference 2014

No need for new policy on immigration

Jacqui Smith  |  13 October 2014

If comment pieces were votes, we would have defeated the United Kingdom Independence party already and would no longer have to worry about having been 600 votes away from a disastrous by-election defeat last week. But they are not. None of the ‘easy’ responses to Ukip have yet worked – ignore them; talk about talking …

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Metropolitan police officer

Time to put security above political calculations

Jacqui Smith  |  1 September 2014

The last time the terror threat level was raised was in my first few days as home secretary in 2007. This followed the failed car bomb attack in London and the attack on Glasgow airport. At that time, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, comprising key intelligence and security agencies and analysts, which determines the threat …

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Jeremy Clarkson

How have the BBC got it so wrong on Clarkson?

Jacqui Smith  |  4 August 2014

I am so disappointed by the BBC’s feeble response to Jeremy Clarkson’s racism. Of course, Clarkson is responsible for his own Neanderthal views and I expect little from him. However, I still think the BBC is a national treasure which (largely) upholds the values of decent journalism and inclusive broadcasting. So how have they got …

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10 Downing Street

The only reshuffle which matters

Jacqui Smith  |  14 July 2014

I always tried not to indulge in reshuffle speculation when in parliament, but essentially all those ministers who pompously announce that they are ‘just getting on with the day job’ and not thinking about the whiteboard and post-it notes in the corner of an office in No 10 are big fibbers. I even used to …

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Stonebridge estate

Redistributing power must be our priority

Jacqui Smith  |  23 June 2014

On a recent long car journey, my husband and I were passing the time with the sort of idle political questions which fill long hours – who’s the best ever Labour leader (easy); who’ll be the next Tory leader (more tricky!). Finally I posed the question – ‘if you had to choose between redistributing wealth …

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Theresa May

Preventing harm to Prevent

Jacqui Smith  |  9 June 2014

I can understand David Cameron’s frustration this week. A win at Newark (albeit in the 40th safest Tory seat) and the Queen’s speech (even a thin, feeble one) have been overshadowed by the egos and leadership ambitions of two of his cabinet. The Gove-May spat is pretty breathtaking even for those of us who have …

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Police

The Fed’s future is in its own hands

Jacqui Smith  |  19 May 2014

Back in January this year, I wrote a piece on the Normington Review of the Police Federation.  I wished the Fed luck in carrying though the sensible and vital reform outlined in the report. Four months on, there is little evidence of reform, but several high-level resignations including the officials who commissioned the review, allegations …

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