Category Archives: National politics

No perspective on homelessness

I saw this from Radio 4 World at One’s Martha Kearney today: New figures show that nearly 100,000 children are living in temporary accommodation in England after being made homeless. More #WATO — Martha Kearney (@Marthakearney) September 24, 2015 Of … Continue reading

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London Labour MPs not going for Burnham

According to the latest list of Labour MPs endorsing possible leaders of the Labour party published by the New Statesman no London Labour MP has yet endorsed Andy Burnham. Indeed the Daily Mail points out that “Labour leadership favourite Andy … Continue reading

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The NHS is going to the dogs, again – or maybe not

Hospitals cancelling largest number of operations for 10 years http://t.co/Zn4dRIPVYD — Julian Bell (@juliangbell) May 16, 2015 Surge in cancelled #NHS operations: http://t.co/b7fSjav1M1 #health — Dan Crawford (@dancrawford85) May 15, 2015 Local Labour types were keen to jump on the … Continue reading

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Labour sloganeering on corporate tax avoidance – the Coalition has acted already

"It is absolutely wrong that the Starbucks and Amazons of this world pay less tax than you and me." – @RupaHuq #ccahustings #hustingscca — Ealing Labour Party (@EalingLabour) April 29, 2015 The Ealing Labour party seems to be pleased with … Continue reading

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When Rupa Huq says “this time” she gives the game away

With two words tonight Rupa Huq repudiated 13 years of New Labour and her benefactor Tony Blair. 35 seconds into her summing up at tonight’s CCA Hustings at Acton Town Hall Rupa Huq said: We do have a progressive programme … Continue reading

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Two Ealingites who are glad to be out of Tower Hamlets today

Today the bent Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, was defenestrated in the High Court. There are two Ealing personalities who will be glad they are well off out of it. One is the Ealing Council Chief Executive, Martin Smith. … Continue reading

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Labour will not spell out the details of the Mansion Tax – because it will be excruciating and it will trickle down

I don’t live in a mansion. I live in an upmarket mid-terrace but given that it is in London the lower threshold of £2 million of Labour’s proposed mansion tax is in sight. It is still a distant sight but … Continue reading

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Buying a house got twice as hard under Labour – and has stayed there since

The affordability of housing was discussed on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning. Buying a house in England is about twice as hard as it was in 1997. It got to be twice as hard in the ten years … Continue reading

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Rupa Huq is inauthentic

I noticed a tweet today from the Labour candidate for the Ealing Central & Acton constituency Rupa Huq offering some pledges. Ah! I thought. Some meat to get into at last. I will get back to her pledges but the … Continue reading

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Don’t believe Labour’s tax con

Labour spokespeople are consistently talking about the way they will close the deficit over the next Parliament. They talk about three routes: Sensible cuts Making the rich pay more, and Making work pay. The sensible cuts line was best debunked … Continue reading

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