by Sam Macrory / 28 Sep 2014 18:55
There’s been plenty to cause the Tories to tear up – to borrow a prime ministerial phrase – since they began their annual conference. This afternoon, at least, it was for good reason.
For the final time, William Hague addressed a Conservative Party conference as a secretary of state, or indeed as an MP.
But this wasn’t just the last sight of one of the party’s most gifted and experienced of performers that triggered
by Jess Bowie / 23 Sep 2014 17:50
Much was riding on Ed Miliband's conference turn today. With less than eight months to go before the general election, the pressure was on the Labour leader to make it crystal clear not just what he stands for, but how the country will be different under a Labour government. Today there was little time for wonkish ideas like 'pre-distribution' and 'One Nation Britain', which even his own MPs have been reluctant to mention on
by Sam Macrory / 17 Sep 2014 14:10
David Cameron must be absolutely petrified.
Despite his protestations, it's very, very hard to see how he will be able to resist calls for his resignation should Scotland decide to break away from the United Kingdom over the next 48 hours.
The charge sheet against the prime minister will look terrible. History will remember him as the leader who presided over the end of a three century old union, the man who signed off on a weak question on the ballot
by / 17 Sep 2014 12:16
"We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
Tim Price, author of Protest Song about the Occupy movement and National Theatre Wales’ The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning continues his interrogation of contemporary revolutions.
A 16-year-old London schoolboy and an 18-year-old recluse in Shetland meet online, pick a fight with the FBI and change the world forever.
Tim Price gets behind the code with the original Anonymous members
by Helen Thomas / 16 Sep 2014 13:33
For now the market is in a holding pattern ahead of the Scotland vote; those who need to hedge have done so and the speculators have placed their bets. By Friday morning at 6am we should know (although if it’s close you’d have to expect a significant risk of recounts and delays).
As BlondeMoney explained in Part 1, this is not the end of the story. There is now a risk premium that is
16 Sep 2014 10:46
"Our job in Government is not to push people one way or the other, but to ensure there are good choices for both." So said then-Skills Minister Matt Hancock earlier this year, arguing for a ‘new norm’ that treats vocational routes as every bit as worthwhile as academic ones.
For all of us working towards a stronger vocational sector, his was a welcome comment. These days, though, it is not so remarkable. After years of vocational
11 Sep 2014 13:35
In the next issue of Total Politics, out next week, we have an exclusive interview with Owen Jones.
You’ve probably heard of him…
Earlier this year the Guardian columnist and Chavs author spoke at the How The Light Gets In festival, where he unleashed a typically no-punches-pulled talk on the British Establishment.
You can watch Jones in full flow here
Total Politics was delighted to be a media partner of HTLGI – watch this
11 Sep 2014 13:13
Win a pair of tickets to see Albion!
God bless this country, God bless karaoke and God save the Queen
It’s Saturday night at The Albion, a proper East End boozer and the unofficial home of the English Protection Army. Get your names in early: it’s karaoke night and it’s gonna be big.
Little brother Jayson’s out front smashing it on the mic but behind the scenes the leadership of the EPA is falling apart.
by Anna Schaverien / 11 Sep 2014 13:04
At the launch of the Co-operative Party’s “Co-operative Capital” pamphlet of essays on Tuesday 9th September, it seemed that the Party’s message had been inspired by the immortal words of Vanilla Ice’s hit ‘Ice Ice Baby’. Collaboration with, and close consultation of, the communities that local councils govern was hailed as the way to improve public services and engagement at a time of huge spending cuts.
The Co-operative Party, founded in 1917, aims to
01 Sep 2014 12:18
“If only every voter in Britain could meet him personally.”
Ed Miliband has given an interview for Red. Don’t be fooled by the title. There’s nothing dangerously socialist here. Red does beauty, fashion, food and interiors. That sort of thing. And it has a very large female readership. And Ed, it turns out, does Red rather well after all.
The interviewer even admits the Labour leader, who when not being Red is, of course,
by Jess Bowie / 22 Aug 2014 11:01
MPs approach Twitter in a number of ways. For Tory MP Chris Heaton-Harris, it’s a platform for his inner stand-up, and a chance to treat his followers to a drip feed of groan-worthy puns (“Which side of a chicken has the most feathers? The outside.”). Labour MP Stella Creasy often uses it to draw attention to the scourge of online trolls, retweeting the vile abuse she receives to an audience of nearly 50,000 followers. Then
by Sarah Willis / 29 Jul 2014 17:24
Until recently it looked like the UK’s continued EU membership was a foregone conclusion, despite ongoing debate about cost. Now, after Conservatives promised a referendum on EU membership and UKIP garnered up to 34% of the vote in recent European elections, there is the slim yet distinct possibility that the UK could leave the EU.
The scenario has even got its own nickname in economic circles: Brexit.
What would happen to Britain’s economy if