Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam, big ideas and a plan to execute them

John McTernan  |  24 October 2014

Gough Whitlam died this week. In Britain he was probably known for the fact that his Labor government was outrageously dismissed by Governor-General John Kerr. Gough’s line on this is one of the most famous in Australian political history – ‘Well may we say God Save The Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General.’ And …

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Bob Blizzard Labour leaflets

Labour needs a campaigning culture change

Jacob Lister  |  24 October 2014

‘You’re all the same!’ or ‘They’re all a bunch of lying, thieving b****rds!’ are phrases I hear every time I go out on the doorstep, and phrases I am sure all Labour party activists have heard before. But they are more than just the words of a bitter angry man or woman, they are a …

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George Osborne

Weak tax receipts spell trouble for Labour too

Stephen Beer  |  24 October 2014

The United Kingdom economy looks pretty good compared to other developed economies at the moment. The IMF has forecast we will have the highest growth rate this year. GDP figures out today show the economy grew 0.7 per cent in the third quarter and three per cent over 12 months. Yet we are not seeing …

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Israel flag

Negotiation is the only route to lasting peace

John Woodcock MP  |  13 October 2014

I have been called scum and an apologist for murder for questioning today’s motion which calls for the United Kingdom to unilaterally recognise Palestine outside of any United Nations process or negotiated settlement. With feelings running high, support for the motion is being presented as a binary test of whether you have sympathy with the …

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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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David Cameron conference speech 2013

Kick Out Cameron

Duncan Enright  |  13 October 2014

The campaign to ‘Kick Out Cameron’ in Witney has three aims. We wish to be the first campaign in history to oust a sitting prime minister at a general election. Given David Cameron is so unpopular he has to buy Facebook likes, and leads a hated government that has damaged families and communities in Oxfordshire, …

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Barbara Castle and John Tembo

A fearless advocate

Nick Thomas-Symonds  |  8 October 2014

Barbara Castle could have been Britain’s first female prime minister. Born Barbara Betts in 1910 in Pontefract, her mother was a Labour councillor, her father a tax inspector. She later moved to Bradford, where she attended the girls’ grammar school, before attending St Hugh’s College, Oxford. In the late 1930s, with deep leftwing roots, she …

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Immigration event

Ukip if you want to

Emran Mian  |  8 October 2014

Ed Miliband did not mention immigration in his leader’s speech. But there was plenty of talk about immigration on the fringe, including at the Progress-Migration Matters trust event, Ukip if you want to: How do we make immigration work for Britain? The trouble for Labour is that it is not saying what many voters may …

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Crowd at Liverpool Street Station

Trust the public on public services

Bex Bailey  |  7 October 2014

A big debate about devolution is brewing. For some, this is about more than empowering town halls or creating new layers of government in our regions. Instead of more politicians, they want to go one step further and devolve power directly to users of public services – in line with Ed Miliband’s agenda of people-powered …

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David Cameron

Fighting fire with fire

Mark Rusling  |  7 October 2014

This year, I had the professional pleasure of visiting Tory conference for the first time. The annual gathering is famed for its diversity – some middle-aged white men were from south-east England and some were from south-west England. There were stands selling tweed and handbags, and speaker after speaker denounced the coming European super-state. But …

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