The issue of the renewal of the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons programme has been a prominent feature in the news recently, so I decided I would put in my two pennies’ worth. The main reason for the sudden uptick in interest in this topic is, of course, the stance of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose … More The Trident Debate
What used to be called the main three Westminster parties (the savaging of the Liberal Democrats and the rise of the SNP have put paid to that convenient shorthand) have faced for at least twenty years the accusation that they are all the same. This call has grown louder since the 2010 General Election, and culminated … More Labour and the Lib Dems Have a Chance to Escape the Neoliberal Curse
The first Conservative only Budget in 19 years was delivered by Chancellor George Osborne on the 8th of July, and it was in large part precisely what we expected – cuts to welfare, a squeeze on young people, boosted defence spending in the wake of this year’s surge in violent extremism here and overseas. However, … More Budget 2015 – A Summary
The leaders’ debate on Thursday was a vital opportunity for those with progressive politics to gain some traction in the mainstream of political discourse. With the three establishment parties and UKIP joined by the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens, those of us on the left had something remarkably close to parity with the … More Leaders Debate Brings Hope For Progressive Politics
The Tories’ cowardly attempt to bring down Speaker John Bercow has failed. The last-minute vote in the House of Commons today saw the government defeated by 2228 votes to 202 on a motion to make the process of voting in the Speaker of the House a secret ballot. This, despite being an apparent blow … More Speaker John Bercow Survives Cowardly Tory Plot to Unseat Him
The Tories say the economy is recovering, and they point to GDP growth statistics of 1.7% last year and a forecast of 2.7% for 2014. Labour, however, say that this doesn’t matter, because the cost of living is still high and on the up. At first glance, this might seem absurd – how can a … More The Failure of George Osborne’s ‘Economic Plan’
First things first, I’m glad that Brooks Newmark MP – Conservative Member of Parliament for Braintree – has resigned as Minister for Civil Society. Having stated that, as the minister responsible for charities, his plan was to ‘keep… [them] out of the realms of politics’ and that they ‘should just stick to their knitting’, … More The Brooks Newmark Sting – Journalistic Integrity?