Articles tagged with Labour
by Tom Wadsworth / 22 Aug 2013 14:59
Ed Miliband’s not short of advice, as The Times’s Phil Collins recently pointed out. So I’m going to get in on the act too, because I’m struck by how much of this advice centres on bringing back well-known names such as Alan Johnson and Alastair Darling.
This is wrong-headed for two major reasons. Firstly, as much of the unsolicited advice to Ed M has pointed out, many of his problems stem from a
by Tom Wadsworth / 09 Jul 2013 13:11
Politics just got interesting again but the summer holidays are coming up. August is going to seem like a tense hiatus before September brings a conference season that could be electrifying.
By the end of October we may have a much clearer idea of which way the tide is flowing and whether it’s prime minister Ed or five more years of Dave from 2015.
I thought the spending review would be the last big political
by Tom Housden / 21 Jun 2013 17:08
Rewind two years and this scenario is difficult to imagine. There is no clear evidence of who will be forming a government come 2015, with opinion polls consistently fluctuating and Miliband unable to establish a clear lead despite the difficulties faced by the Government. This uncertainty at the polls has caused a headache for Labour's policy coordinators, raising the question of which ideological route Miliband ought to take in order to attain enough public support
by Heather Spurr / 31 May 2013 16:28
Andy Burnham is a man on a mission. He has already set out a clear goal of fully combining health and social care if elected in 2015, in what will prove a pretty radical overhaul. For this, he is going to need health workers his side. In opposition, he has been busy getting to know staff on the front line.
Yesterday, he gathered doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare staff for a “Health Summit” to
by Emma Burnell / 09 Apr 2013 11:13
There was somewhat predictable outrage from some parts of the left over the weekend, when Labour’s unloved DWP shadow, Liam Byrne, announced a new approach to welfare reform including emphasis on contributions, a full employment strategy and giving councils the option to give those who work or contribute to their communities’ priority on social housing lists.
Arguments around the contributory principle and full employment will continue elsewhere, but for me the really interesting part – and
by Emma Burnell / 19 Mar 2013 12:01
Besides immigration, the one issue Labour will never outflank the Tories on in the minds of the public is welfare. However poorly we treat the poor (and some of the things we did in government are shameful, not least unleashing – and ennobling – Lord Freud) the public never see us as "tougher" on welfare than the Tories. There was a moment there when it looked like Labour had glimpsed this truth. As
by Ray Filar / 12 Mar 2013 15:17
Labour’s sudden conversion to the mansion tax cause could be that rumoured beast: a One Nation Labour policy. A real, One Nation-values espousing policy. The sort of concrete, saleable idea eagerly anticipated by party activists, who can now rejoice in the hope of more where that came from. By stealing a Liberal Democrat flagship policy to partially fund the return of the 10p tax rate, Labour may have just pulled off a
by Tom Wadsworth / 04 Mar 2013 13:08
It’s easy for political geeks to forget that most people in this country are not absorbed in politics on a day-to-day basis. So once every few years when they come to vote, people have to rely on their overall impressions of the parties – the brand.
That brand needs to give voters an overall impression of what they’ll get for the next five years: what the party’s vision for the country
by Emma Burnell / 01 Mar 2013 11:57
Well they say you should never bet what you can’t afford to lose. Luckily I can just about forego my £20 bet on John O’Farrell in Eastleigh. Labour and myself talked big about the campaign, and we fought the seat hard, but mostly we were in it for the laughs. Fun while it lasted, we aren’t the party with the biggest hangover today. We might have stumbled, but we can take huge comfort
by Emma Burnell / 15 Feb 2013 11:27
I've just been to the bookies.
It's not something I do very often. In fact it's something I’ve only ever done once before, betting on the result of the AV referendum (as sure a thing as I can imagine). Usually, my gambling lends itself more to online poker than the shabby insides of a betting shop.
But this week, a little flutter on a slightly more
by Emma Burnell / 01 Feb 2013 11:01
EB: How did LGBT Labour feel about the government consultation on equal marriage?
JA: There was a whole process around equal marriage – partly driven by the Lib Dems who wanted to say “We’re going to do equal marriage, we’re going to get it through nice and easy and Labour funked it in government”. This led to quite a lot of irritation about there being a consultation with an attitude of “why not
by Alex MacDonald / 23 Jan 2013 14:57
Today the prime minister made his case for the future of Britain’s position in Europe: change, or Britain will leave. The PM spoke of five key reforms that he wanted to see inside the supranational body, which were: competitiveness, flexibility, reciprocal power flow between member states and the EU, democratic accountability, and fairness.
What we do now know is Miliband’s position on the European referendum. The leader of the opposition said: “My position