The Independent Group: a Grey Wave?

Luciana Berger, former Labour MP and founder of the Independent Group. Source: Flickr

Wednesday morning saw the crisis unleashed by the resignation of seven Labour MPs take a new turn. Two days after the formation of the ‘Independent Group’, amidst criticisms of Corbyn’s Brexit policy, the party’s handling of antisemitism and concerns about Labour no longer being the ‘broad church’ it had once been, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston… Continue Reading ➤

A Broken Shame-Machine: the Shameful State of Political Shamelessness

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I can remember, years ago, possibly inspired by an early incantation of the long-running Steve Bell cartoon which depicted David Cameron as a condom, rather naively asking my father why politicians were not embarrassed, as most of us might be, to be so universally hated. He reminded me that the politicians who filled Westminster generally… Continue Reading ➤

Theresa May’s domestic abuse bill fails to put the safety of victims first or account for the huge gaps in funding which are putting the refuges in crisis

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“I think of the exhausted others who, as welfare become workfare and life constricted into an impossible bargain had to choose between abusive partners and living in their cars or the unsafe living rooms of people who might and did hurt their children, who had the optionless-option of continued personal abuse or the impersonal abuse… Continue Reading ➤

Brexit – May’s deal, no deal, or a second referendum? Three perspectives from the Globalist.

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As the date when we leave the EU draws near, three major positions on how we should handle Brexit have emerged. One is to take the withdrawal agreement Theresa May has hammered out with the EU. Another is to walk away from the negotiating table altogether, and leave the EU without any deal. The third… Continue Reading ➤

Will Help to Buy make your dreams of home ownership a reality?

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The Conservative’s Help to Buy scheme was their flagship policy for addressing rapidly rising prices caused by the acute housing bubble in the UK. Since it’s implementation in 2015, the government reported in 2017 that more than 100,000 homes across England had been bought under the scheme, with as much as 81% of this figure… Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

In conversation with Chris Giles, Economics Editor for the Financial Times: Britain, Brexit and the Budget

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Following the announcement on Wednesday evening that Mrs. May had finally agreed a draft withdrawal deal, the attention of the nation has been on the response of the Cabinet. Thursday saw the resignation of a number of senior ministers, including the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, who claimed that he… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Nick Cohen

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Nick Cohen is a writer and political commentator. He contributes to the Observer, Guardian, Spectator, Time and Standpoint magazine. Nick has published a number of books, including What’s Left? How the Left Lost Its Way (2007) which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Alastair: We’d like to start off by talking about liberalism and… Continue Reading ➤

Forget the SNP: what about the DUP?

Peter Robinson at a DUP party conference. The leader of the 4th largest party after the last election may become a key presence in any coalition talks after May 7.

The next general election is less than a month away, and although everyone is as ignorant as each other about what will happen once the country goes to the polls on May 7th, everyone has their own prediction. What will Sturgeon offer? How will the Greens do? What are the chances of a Conservative-UKIP deal?… Continue Reading ➤

Does the deficit really matter?

An anti-austerity march in central London in June 2014

It has become an article of faith among the financial, economic and political commentariat in Britain and Europe that a budget deficit is an important issue, and one that requires urgent redress. In the UK, this partly results from domestic politics. Over the last five years, government rhetoric has argued that deficit reduction through government cuts… Continue Reading ➤