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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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