Tag Archives: UK labour party

The Lonely Assassins: UK Labour Party Conference 2012

New Labour bought into the right wing media’s portrayal of its union backers as “evil”, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has claimed. He said the party treated the unions as a “nutty relative” who had to be “kept at arm’s length”. But its current leadership were moving towards a better understanding of what the unions […]

Cameron’s First Law of Twitter Personified

Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott has apologised for any offence caused by comments she made on Twitter, after claims they were racist. She said she had not meant to generalise when she wrote: ”White people love playing ‘divide & rule’” … In a statement, Ms Abbott said: “I apologise for any offence caused. I understand people have interpreted […]

Paging Mr Mander: Mr ‘Gerry’ Mander

As many as 10 million voters, predominantly poor, young or black, and more liable to vote Labour, could fall off the electoral register under government plans, the Electoral Commission, electoral administrators and psephologists warned . The changes will pave the way for a further review of constituency boundaries that will reduce the number of safe […]

Read all about it…

The last edition of the News of the World has been published, its front page declaring: “Thank you & goodbye.” In a full-page editorial the paper offers an apology. “Quite simply, we lost our way,” it says. Publisher News International axed the 168-year-old tabloid in the wake of phone-hacking allegations last week. Scotland Yard Assistant […]

Change You Can’t Believe In

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party’s leadership lost touch both with its own members and the public. In a speech to the national policy forum, Mr Miliband proposed reforms aimed at making the party less insular and its decision-making more open. He said the Labour Party “can only win if we change” […]

Bizarre benefits fraud excuses revealed

Celebrity squares are: Top left: Jacquie Smith MP (Lab) – former Home Secretary who claimed her husband’s pay-per-view porn on expenses. [no action] Top right: David Laws MP (LibDem) – almost coalition Home Secretary until he admitted claiming for rent paid to his undeclared male partner. [suspended from Parliament for a week, under police investigation] […]

Royal Wedding Special

UPDATE: But sometimes, it’s just nice when the fuss is all over…

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

And he’s OUT!!!

Labour’s Gordon Brown has resigned as UK prime minister after three years. Mr Brown has officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and recommended Conservative leader David Cameron succeed him. Speaking alongside his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing Street, he said the job had been “a privilege” and wished his successor […]

They’re At It Again!

Three Labour candidates standing in local elections in the London borough of Tower Hamlets have been spoken to by police investigating allegations of electoral fraud using falsely-registered postal votes. The inquiry by Scotland Yard Special Branch officers in the impoverished east London borough is part of a nationwide probe into 50 claims that electoral rolls […]