Category: Labour

Mean

Mean has a number of different interpretations.  All of them apply to our current Coalition government (though surely not exclusively): Mean as in stingy – and this should help you understand a little bit better (were your understanding not yet…

How can Labour be imaginative about wealth?

Both talk and policies about wealth are terribly repetitive.  Whilst right-wing parties still pretend to attribute a mysterious force to the idea of trickle-down economics – you know, the stuff where rich people get so rich that the crumbs which…

Labouring the point?

Eric Joyce MP wrote a very clever piece yesterday, with the aim (I think) of deconstructing Ed Miliband’s current manifestation of Labour.  I’d like to try and do the same with this clever piece, in the forty minutes before I…

“Diktat 2015”

Imagine the script, if you will. “Diktat 2015” Part II – 2014 Scene I – February – #caredata The British government claims to have had a very bright idea: release all NHS patient medical records in England for use by…

Ed Miliband: the real issue

The issue I’ve always had with Ed Miliband can be summarised thus: we don’t want the traditional CEO badly pyramidal type of top-down politicians as leaders, because that sort of leadership is based on the medieval dynamics which have served…

Politics and the Owl Factor

On Labour’s new policy today for “everyone to have his own owl”, our favourite Mirror site describes it thus this afternoon: Actually, the whole thing was a mistake. Labour’s REAL badly costed policy announcement for today was deciding to cut…

Ed Miliband (the enabler): Q & (some) A

I think I was crunching the occasional snail underfoot as I walked past the old zoo entrance, practically home.  It was almost eleven o’clock; I’d set off for Liverpool at just after four.  I’d got to the event’s location crazily…

Why I even love the England I hate

Love is a complex emotion.  At my happiest, I have been profoundly in love.  At my saddest, I have been rejected in such love. The last three years of Coalition government, for me at least anyhow, have encompassed such a…