Category Archives: National politics

Train fares rose 47% in last 9 years of Labour

Today Labour is doing its annual train fares campaign. Today the latest Tory rail fares increase kicks in. This time by more than 3% – meaning they've now risen by 36% since 2010. It's disgraceful. We're campaigning to bring our … Continue reading

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The average worker works 32 hours and has done since pretty much all of this century

You might think with all the talk of zero hours contracts and the gig economy that work patterns were changing very fast in the 21st century. They are not. One of the constants in our economy is that we work … Continue reading

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Why did Labour darling need to lie about suicide?

A lady called Jessie Joe Jacobs became the darling of the Labour party conference on Tuesday with a passionate speech on how young women and the North East have been affected by a Conservative government.  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn approvingly … Continue reading

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Happy birthday Harry Leslie Smith – an unreliable witness to history

I am a great admirer of Harry Leslie Smith’s (HLS) generation, not least because my Dad is just less than a year older than him and spent the war fighting the Japanese in Burma as an artilleryman with the 17th … Continue reading

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The Labour MP going after the Grenfell inquiry judge has some questions of her own to answer

It seems new Kensington MP, Emma Dent Coad, is one of the pack of Labour politicians going after Sir Martin Moore-Bick who has been asked to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster. I find it strange that … Continue reading

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The Royal College of Surgeons is an unreliable witness

I don’t blog so much nowadays – trying to get on with the rest of my life. But, a story I heard on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning piqued my interest. A 24% increase in dental extractions … Continue reading

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The EU’s poor record on free trade agreements

I quite often listen to James O’Brien on LBC. He can be quite entertaining in spite of his reflex leftism. This morning I heard O’Brien roasting some bloke on Brexit and talking about the EU having 50 free trade agreements … Continue reading

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Labour pushed up rail fares much faster than now

For the last couple of days Labour and its fellow travellers in ostensibly neutral campaign groups such as Campaign for Better Transport have been complaining loudly about rail fare rises in line with longstanding government policy. In particular Labour is … Continue reading

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Shameless Khan was putting fares up higher when he was a minister

Shameless Labour mayoral candidate has got Labour party members hassling commuters this morning with this leaflet. They are complaining about fare rises that increased by RPI+1 from 2004 to 2013, a Labour policy to shift the burden of paying for … Continue reading

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UN foundation myth

I thought that Hilary Benn’s speech tonight was bang on. But, on one small detail he was wrong. Too often Labour types try to lay claim to every positive element of the post war settlement. I have written on this … Continue reading

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