If I had a son and if I could afford the fees – currently almost £35,000 a year – I would undoubtedly send him to Eton. Wouldn't you? Clearly it is a brilliant school that knows how to develop the talents of its boys – witness the success of so many of them in later [...]
The 48th Begonia Open was held over the Labour Day long weekend from Saturday 8 March to Monday 10 March 2014, at the Ballarat Clarendon College: Sewell Pavilion, 1425 Sturt Street, Ballarat, Australia.The event incorporated the 2014...Show More Summary
The UK Independence Party is on course to win the largest share of the vote in May's European Elections, according to a new poll. The party is currently on 30 percent, with Labour in second place on 28. The ComRes poll for the Independent...Show More Summary
Fiona McTaggart MP, Labour MP for Slough, claimed Parliamentary expenses for riding her bike into work, despite being one of the richest MPs. The 34 claims for a total of £46.10, have been widely criticised, as riding a bike incurs no cost to the rider. Show More Summary
By James M. Dorsey Saudi-led efforts to isolate Qatar because of its support of the Muslim Brotherhood have expanded to exploit criticism of labour conditions in the Gulf state in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Arab trade unions andShow More Summary
I enjoyed this opinion piece by Tariq Ali in The Guardian because he writes very well although his grasp of Scottish politics is woefully thin. The Labour Party in Scotland is not being led by New Labour careerists in the mould of Tony Blair and if it were, arguably the party would not be in the mess that it finds itself in today. Show More Summary
When being in touch becomes being out of touch Ed Miliband’s non-promise of a referendum this week may have been designed to do several things. It could have been a reassurance that a future Labour government wouldn’t repeal this administration’s European Union Act 2011, though it would modify it and that modification could be significant. […]
Labour parliamentarian Tony Benn, “lodestar for the Labour left for decades, orator, campaigner, diarist and grandfather,” The Guardian wrote, died in his home surrounded by family Friday. He was a leader who seemed too good to be true for everyone in the bottom 90 percent of the economy in the U.K. Show More Summary
Anthony Neil Wedgwood “Tony” Benn a legendary socialist activist and previous UK cabinet minister died today at age 88. After having a long career within government supporting democratic socialist policies Benn endeavored to leave public service in order to offer a compelling vision of a democratic society as a private citizen. Show More Summary
Tony Benn’s biggest success, in a career marked by epic political failures, is the modern Conservative Party. He lost all the battles that mattered to him, yet had an impact across politics that is felt to this day, and nowhere more clearly than on the party he despised. Mr Benn nearly destroyed Labour, and ensured [...]
What an awful week for the labour movement. The shocking passing of Bob Crow and now our well-loved comrade, Tony Benn. Tony, in many ways, was the ideal-typical politician of yesteryear. Patient and polite, persistent and principled. Show More Summary
Secretary-general says FIFA "is not a UN" that can dictate to governments, following criticism of Qatar labour record.
Petersfield, Bell Hill on East Hampshire (Conservative Defence) Result: Conservative 190 (42% -15%), UKIP 110 (24%), Labour 75 (17% -2%), Liberal Democrats 74 (16% -8%) Conservative HOLD with a majority of 80 (18%) on a swing of 20% from Conservative to United Kingdom Independence Party Petersfield, Butser on Hampshire (Conservative Defence) Result: Conservative 1,156 (37% […]
There’s been much hullaballoo this afternoon over a Populus poll that shows a Labour lead of one point. The usual caveats apply (it’s just one poll!); but, nevertheless, this sample… Continue reading The post Polling worries for Miliband – and for Cameron appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This week's film is a part, "Ferry Room Motor," of a short doc, Labour In A Single Shot, by Adam Sekuler, a local filmmaker and former program director at Northwest Film Forum. The whole of Sekuler's film will be shown on Tuesday, March...Show More Summary
Today it was reported that Tony Benn, the British Labour Party veteran, had died at the age of 88. I’m sad hat he is gone, and I’ll miss his always interesting and uncompromising commentary on British and global affairs. Benn had a long...Show More Summary
He was Old Labour, the real thing, pre-Blair: suspicious of business and its interests, a supporter of working people, passionate...
"I'm harmless now". That's how Tony Benn summed up his own transformation from the man many in the Labour Party blamed for making them unelectable to the nation's political grandfather - whose stories and speeches mesmerised those who...Show More Summary
The patriarch of the Labour left is dead. Tony Benn had a long, distinguished political career - like Margaret Thatcher, he was a polarising figure, adored by his followers but feared (and loathed) by his opponents. And his role in the...Show More Summary
I suppose you could argue, if you were a conservative, that Tony Benn’s greatest contribution to public life was helping to render Labour unelectable for thirteen years. There’s quite a… Continue reading The post Despite his faults, Tony Benn was a real Big Beast appeared first on Spectator Blogs.