by Sara Stanger / 26 Sep 2013 16:45
The British Health Report, which we published yesterday, reveals the true extent of doctors’ dissatisfaction with the current NHS system, including the shocking fact that 72% of doctors surveyed think Jeremy Hunt has been an unsuccessful Health Minister.
Jeremy Hunt has been widely criticised by the medical profession in the report. Of the nearly three quarters of doctors polled who questioned his ability as Health Secretary, almost half believe Hunt does not properly understand the
26 Sep 2013 13:11
Following it's critical acclaim as a short play in the Tricycle's Women, Power & Politics season (2010), the feature length version of Moira Buffini's satirical drama Handbagged, is now staged at the Tricycle Theatre until 9 November.
Handbags, hairspray and sensible shoes
The monarch – Liz. Her most powerful subject – Maggie.
One believed there was no such thing as society. The other had vowed to serve it.
Handbagged opens the clasp on the
by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2013 17:03
“I saw someone waving a parrot earlier on,” Ed Miliband informed conference before his Q+A with audience members. Perhaps that was someone making a cruel jibe at his repetition, repetition, repetition speech yesterday which saw him incessantly testing his new soundbites. See Michael Deacon’s sketch for The Telegraph here to get an idea, in case you missed the speech itself…
Question and answer sessions where the leader is required to be spontaneous and chatty with
by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2013 13:50
This was a word that had a line to itself in Andy Burnham’s speech on the NHS today, and is a four-letter indicator of the tone of his speech. Emotive and emotional, his address at one point saw him tell the conference hall “I have never been clearer about anything else in my life than this” on what he described as a “malnourished” social care system.
And this punchy passion was deployed equally as
by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Sep 2013 11:13
As yesterday’s evening sun dusted the seafront and shimmered upon the pebbles, an animated gaggle of people gathered outside the conference centre, waiting in cheery anticipation. But what was behind this hotchpotch brigade of bright-eyed students, nostalgic radicals, journalists grateful to see the outdoors, and delegates (on the whole notably excited, female ones) straying from the safety of the auditorium?
Tristram Hunt was on his way. To Do Some History.
Teaming up with radical walking
by Sam Macrory / 25 Sep 2013 09:32
Andrew Adonis is one of the politest politicians around, but don't be lulled by the prevalence of soft spoken good manners. The Labour peer also does steeliness and determination better than most, and when he settles on an idea - usually after much thought and research - Adonis isn't easily persuaded otherwise.
Take HS2. Set out by Adonis during his time as a minister at the Department for Transport, Labour's vision, with cross party backing,
by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2013 16:59
“I should make this promise: if I'm prime minister I won't take my shirt off in public”, I solemnly pledge to the crowd. It’s unbecoming for a leader to show so much flesh. Plus, those pants on the outside of my tights were daring enough that fateful day with the bike. I’m still an action hero though, you know. Just more like the one who often works in an office and wears a suit. I like
by Sam Macrory / 24 Sep 2013 16:22
1. Miliband is a very good public speaker
After last year’s marathon note-free tour de force, Miliband has repeated the trick once again. It’s no mean feat to speak that long without a prompt, and the Labour leader stumbled a handful of times at most. There were even a few decent ad-libs along the way. Given Miliband’s frequently lacklustre displays in the Commons, it’s clear the longer form of address suits him better.
2. We’re all
by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2013 13:45
Speaking at a fringe event asking whether Labour takes the North for granted, Hilary Benn had to defend his leader against accusations of heading a Labour Party captured by a London elite.
Benn himself is a born southerner representing a Leeds constituency - Mancunian MP Lucy Powell rather pointedly had told the room earlier "I'm a proud Mancunian, I think it's important to say that because Northern seats are not always represented by those who
by Anoosh Chakelian / 23 Sep 2013 19:06
Gazing back into the past is not something Labour enjoys as much as the other two main parties. The Tories can always clutch their pearls and think of Thatcher in times of crisis; Lib Dems earnestly cling on to Jo Grimond’s forever echoing sound of gunfire. But for Labour, it’s awkward. The Winter of Discontent still chills. New Labour is seen by many as a four-letter rebrand. And perhaps trying to be ‘progressive’ simply belies consciously
by Sam Macrory / 23 Sep 2013 16:01
7:15am felt like quite an early start for a run along the sea front in Brighton. Especially when your hotel is in Hove. Even more so when you accidentally set your alarm for 7am.
We were meeting to take part in Alcohol Concern’s conference 5km, to be led by Alastair Campbell. The former Labour comms chief has written a new novel – My Name Is – in which the lead character, a teenage girl, battles
by Sam Macrory / 23 Sep 2013 14:45
Are you comfortably nostalgic? Optimistically content? Or suffering from a case of high anxiety or long term despair? By the end of the conference the odds are the latter category, but for now you're probably feeling calmly persistent. Or you might just be a cosmopolitan critic, looking up occasional from your copy of the Guardian.
According to pollsters Populous, the electorate fall into one of the above six categories.
Broadly speaking, the Tories have secured