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Ed Miliband is concerned about immigrant workers; he should also worry about large, wealthy families and dwindling resources

Rick of Flip Chart Fairy Tales has written a very thoughtful piece about Ed Miliband’s recent speech on ‘ordinary’ people’s concerns around so-called immigrant workers.  Miliband and Rick are both absolutely right that this needs to be discussed; and also correct that … Continue reading

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Disabling the already disabled: the sham(e) that is the ConDems (& a Petition)

If you haven’t experienced serious illness or longer-term disability you really do need to make the effort, right now, to imagine what that might feel like close up.  That’s what I hope to help you do, in this post. Having such … Continue reading

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Ed hapless; future hopeless; LibDems shameless (unless they cross the floor)?

Ed Miliband continues to lack traction with the electorate; Nick Clegg tilts at EU rainbows whilst fully aware that David Cameron, holding the LibDems over a barrel, barely cares; unemployment is approaching 3 million. How much worse can it get? … Continue reading

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The Murdock miasma driving Clegg via Cable from Cameron – what next?

The extraordinary revelations of the past week, as grim fact upon grim fact is revealed in the News of the World phone-hacking horror story, are we all agree only the beginning. What comes next, we are also all agreed, is … 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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Tory soullessness requires sustained attack

It took barely a few days to show why Labour must always, always be on guard and on the attack against the ConDems.  Ed Miliband had hardly finished his ‘I met a man…’ speech – in which he claimed a disabled person … Continue reading

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Squeezed middles and Mr Miliband missing the message

Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday on Responsibility in the 21st Century made some necessary general points, but squandered these by the mode in which they were presented.  This was a wasted opportunity to set out a way forward and offer hope to … 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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LibDem MPs must cross the floor to Labour, now

Ed Miliband finally concurs with me, that LibDem MPs of integrity must cross the floor to Labour. In today’s Observer he says it is “late, but not too late” for any LibDems of good faith to join him on the … 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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Leading Labour, perhaps laboriously

Was Ed Miliband the best choice for Labour Leader? Whilst it’s critical to focus without fail on the enormous damage currently being inflicted by the ConDem Coalition, we still cannot ignore entirely the question of how well HM Opposition is performing. When the … 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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