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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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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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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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Roll on 5 May, Councillor Bradley?

Spring.  The days get longer, and my personal livid gets stronger.  Not a healthy state for anyone, but with a fair wind perhaps we shall see a degree of amelioration on 5 May (UK local and devolved government election day). … Continue reading

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LibDems must cross the floor – before it’s all too late

It’s said we in the UK are stuck with the nightmare of Conservative slash-and-burn for a full five years.  The Conservatives’ oh-so-junior partners, the Liberal Democrats, are in this view unwilling and afraid to say Stop. I don’t agree.  It doesn’t have to be … 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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One woman, loadsa chaps in Oldham election

What do the Conservatives, Green Party, LibDems, UKIP and five other smaller political parties have in common in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election today? The answer is that they are all fielding male candidates; so these comprise 90% of … Continue reading

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Incompetent Conservative Government… or de-governance?

Michael Tomasky of The Guardian, in a recent article entitled ‘Good at theatre, dreadful at governing’, quoted the American scholar Alan Wolfe’s view of conservative (e.g. Republican) politicians: Conservatives cannot govern well for the same reason that vegetarians cannot prepare a world-class … Continue reading

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