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Regional pay: how to increase the North-South divide and weaken the ConDem coalition?

As anticipated following Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has now declared that ‘regional’ pay for health workers is on the agenda. Needless to say, those in the South-East will earn more under this arrangement than colleagues further North.  … Continue reading

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Government ‘incompetent’? Not when it comes to DE-governance…

Increasingly, we read that the present UK government is ‘incompetent’.   But I’d suggest the Government is ‘only’ incompetent in things it reckons are fundamentally unimportant for the longer-term. David Cameron may make the occasional attempt to appear cuddly but George … Continue reading

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Personal politics; when moralising replaces civic responsibility

The big issues in UK politics are how the Government is destroying public services, in favour of provision for which it is absolutely not responsible.  De-governance as quickly as possible is the route our Conservative-dominated political leadership has chosen. The increasing interference … Continue reading

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CSA charges: the ConDems punish women and children, and shield men (again)

The ConDem administration doesn’t just disregard women; it evidently wants to put them firmly back under the control, however odious, of men. How else can we explain the intention as an element of the Welfare Reform Bill that single parents … Continue reading

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The Economist: On one page, Havel and the Dalai Lama; on the next, Gingrich, Paul and Romney

The final Economist magazine of 2011 provokes complex responses for many, I’d think.  Pages 27-29 offer a painstaking obituary of the former Czech President, Vaclav Havel (1936-2011).  The following pages, 30-31, provide an analysis of the US presidential prospects of Republican … Continue reading

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Teachers, tasks and taking action

Like most others, I have mixed views about the teachers’ pension strike scheduled for Thursday this week (30 June). Many years ago I too, incensed as a teacher by the past Conservative Government’s position, went on strike a few times; … Continue reading

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No time to lose, if ConDems are to be stopped

Why am I not surprised that Labour now has no lead over the Conservatives?  In ordinary times the left might expect considerable advantage at a point where the ConDem coalition is patently under strain, ill-considered changes to the NHS are headlines on a daily basis, and joblessness … Continue reading

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Penal reform and much else: Be careful what you wish for, Ed.

Yesterday’s post here was prescient.  The Observer front page lead today is ‘We’re losing our claim to be tough on crime – top Tories’ (which translates online to Conservatives risking reputation on law and order, say ministers). Already my fears that change … Continue reading

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Why Andrew Rawnsley may have missed the point

The word on the political street is increasingly that Labour must step up both pace and impact, to stand any chance of winning the next election – whenever that might be.  The task, it is agreed, is both big and urgent. So how … Continue reading

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AV goes; so will Labour now get going?

What will the outcome of the FPTP / AV campaigns tell us? Our main lesson, if we look past the bluster, may be about leadership in a world changing as it never has before, by the day and hour. Tomorrow the … Continue reading

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A ‘No’ AV outcome could convert LibDem MPs to Labour

In the end, and very reluctantly, I’ve gone for ‘No’ on the Alternative Vote.  I truly wanted to be progressive, and it’s really tempting to hit the Tories where it hurts. But over the past few weeks I’ve realised that ‘Yes’ … Continue reading

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Forget ‘Big Society’; it’s really ‘Binning Services’ as Tories slash and burn

YouGov today reports that the majority of Brits are baffled by the Big Society posturing of the Tory-led Coalition.  Sure, ideas around localism have been on the agenda for some while; but the Tories’ version conveniently omits to say how localism … Continue reading

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Rough sleeping? It’s all the Councils’ faults.

Today (25 January 2011) sees a Response column in The Guardian by Grant Shapps, Minister for Housing, in which he dismisses Patrick Butler’s prediction that ‘savage cuts will leave people sleeping rough on the streets‘. Shapps proclaims that the Tory-led … Continue reading

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Tory ‘dictatorship of the moment’ … LibDems, where are you?

There is clear and fundamental purpose behind the apparent chaos of the current Conservative-led ‘reforms’.  The chaos is a cover, whether intentional or not, to distract us whilst a root-and-branch revision of the rules of engagement is being embedded into UK politics. There’s little doubt now … Continue reading

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Patronising paternalism about parental leave

Two articles in today’s Times (18 January 2011) remind me yet again why there is so far still for women in the UK to go.   In one article, ‘Extra paternity pay is needed to free women, says Clegg’, we learn … Continue reading

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