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An old debate on the wickedness of New Labour

My contribution to this debate, perhaps two years old, at the Cambridge Union, has appeared on the world wide web. Some of you may find it interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUHNFY1ksPw The whole thing is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3HXNgsl8Yo

Syrian children 'increasingly exploited' for labour

UNICEF and Save the Children say increasing child labour is creating a "lost generation" of Syrian children.

Cross-border acquisitions and labour regulations

Labour market regulations have important implications for both the incidence of cross-border acquisitions, and the outcomes for acquiring firms. This column explores how variations in labour regulations between countries affect cross-border acquisitions and subsequent firm performance. Show More Summary

Heathrow is a major headache for Cameron (and an opportunity for Labour)

Picture credit: Wikimedia Commons. Whilst the Conservatives fight over this week’s Airport Commission report, expanding Heathrow is exactly the type of common sense, business friendly policy that Labour should be supporting as it seeks to win again. The party must embrace it argues Keiran Pedley The Prime Minister has a leadership crisis on his hands. […]

Local By-Election Result : June 30th 2015

Result: Conservative 561 (40% -14%), Plaid 543 (39% +27%), Labour 234 (17% -12%), Independent 24 (2%, no candidate in 2012), Green Party 22 (2% -1%), Liberal Democrats 10 (1% -1%) Conservative HOLD with a majority of 18 (1%) on a swing of 21% from Conservative to Plaid

The Facebook Feed of the Mind

A couple of months ago, not long before the parliamentary elections in the UK, my wife made an interesting observation. "Based on my Facebook feed," she pointed out, "Labour are going to win this election by a landslide." When I looked through her feed, I could see what she meant. Show More Summary

Stewart Lee on Conservatives and Labour

No chance for a proper blog tonight (tomorrow, I promise). Meanwhile, enjoy this very brief observation from Stewart Lee on politics in Britain.

How the Alternative Vote system could stop Burnham becoming Labour leader

How Corbyn could stop Burnham winning the Labour leadership http://t.co/2f88L4Rpcs pic.twitter.com/lgVdxNMvrt — TSE (@TSEofPB) July 1, 2015 Many thanks to Richard Nabavi for posting this article by Peter Kellner on the previous thread. Peter Kellner looks at how the Alternative Vote system Labour use to elect their leader might stop Andy Burnham winning, it should be […]

Union Priorities (29/06/15)

GMB members in North Lanarkshire must be hopping mad at the importance union leaders attach to the Labour Party and its various leadership contests - compared to, say, their efforts in relation to equal pay. Here's a message from 'Sir'...Show More Summary

Legendary Victorian Art Critic John Ruskin on the Value of Imperfection and How Manual Labor Confers Dignity Upon Creative Work

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"It is only by labour that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labour can be made happy, and the two cannot be separated with impunity."

Local By-Election Preview : June 30th 2015

Pentyrch on Cardiff (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2012): Labour 46, Liberal Democrats 16, Conservatives 7, Independents 4, Plaid Cymru 2 (Labour majority of 17) Result of ward at last election (2012): Conservative 772 (54%), Labour 413 (29%), Plaid Cymru 171 (12%), Green 40 (3%), Liberal Democrat 22 (2%) Candidates duly nominated: […]

How the three stages of the Labour leadership race could benefit Liz Kendall

Liz Kendall is continuing to push herself as the ‘change everything’ candidate for the Labour leadership. During a speech at Reuters this morning, Kendall called for the party to make a big… Continue reading The post How the three stages of the Labour leadership race could benefit Liz Kendall appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’

After Dennis Skinner successfully won the SNP turf war over his favoured seat in the Commons, the Labour backbencher has been relatively quiet of late. So Mr S was pleased to… Continue reading The post Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Simon Danczuk lashes out at Karen Danczuk following split

Over the weekend, Simon Danczuk confirmed his break up from his wife Karen Danczuk, with both the Labour MP and the ‘Selfie Queen’ describing themselves as devastated at the decision.… Continue reading The post Simon Danczuk lashes out at Karen Danczuk following split appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Our Obsession With Productivity Risks Distracting From Workplace Exploitation

'Productivity' is touted as Australia's most import labour issue, but a recent Fair Work investigation into the exploitation of foreign workers shows there is a far greater crisis at hand.

West Midlands Labour Deputy Leader Hustings

We've had the leadership hustings, but what about the other contest running in parallel? Who will deputise for the leader and take the party by the scruff of its neck? It's going to be Ben Bradshaw. Or Angela Eagle. Or Stella Creasy....Show More Summary

Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate

Never let it be said that Jeremy Corbyn is the most anti-business of the four Labour leadership candidates. The left-wing politician appeared to endorse BT today on Twitter: So, is… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Political Doldrums

As I arrived in London in 1983 to take up a post as a full-time official with NUPE (the National Union of Public Employees), Jeremy Corbyn was just taking his leave having been elected as the Labour MP for Islington North in May of that year. Show More Summary

Union Priorities

GMB members in North Lanarkshire must be hopping mad at the importance union leaders attach to the Labour Party and its various leadership contests - compared to, say, their efforts in relation to equal pay. Here's a message from 'Sir'...Show More Summary

Labour’s leadership contest turns sour (again)

It seems ‘Taliban New Labour‘ have returned, or at least that’s what some party members would have you believe. Labour MP John Woodcock — who is backing Liz Kendall —… Continue reading The post Labour’s leadership contest turns sour (again) appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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