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This is a cross-post from A Very Public Sociologist
I was very sorry to hear the legal challenge to the bedroom tax was thrown out of the High Court after just eight minutes. Sorry, but not at all surprised. And, if I’m honest, right from the start I’ve been of the opinion this action wouldn’t go anywhere. [...]
This is a guest post by Hafeez Gupta
Some of our readers may recall Sabin Khan (formerly Sabin Malik) from back in 2010 when it was widely reported she had conspired behind the Home Secretary’s back to get the hate preacher Zakir Naik into the country (a sackable offence for a civil servant). This incident [...]
The irony is almost too much to bear. Ed Miliband, a leader who would not have won the leadership without the support of the unions, is considering a long overdue historic break. It is one that has been forced upon him following Unite’s tactics of signing up additional members in Falkirk to ensure its preferred [...]
Posted: July 6th, 2013 under UK Politics.
We’ve written a little here about the storm brewing over Labour Party selection and the Unite union trying to get its candidates selected. The epi-centre of that row is Falkirk and it has claimed the job of Tom Watson MP. This afternoon he announced his resignation (below) from his shadow cabinet role as the party’s general [...]
Posted: July 4th, 2013 under UK Politics.
YouGov has just published the results of a survey (pdf) into British attitudes to a foreigner taking the helm at the Bank of England. The new Governor, Mark Carney, is a Canadian, and so the first question was:
Do you think it is acceptable or unacceptable for a Canadian citizen to be made Governor of the [...]
Posted: June 30th, 2013 under UK Politics.
A report in the Sunday Times today says that Labour could form a minority government in 2015 rather than get into bed with the Liberal Democrats if there is a hung parliament at the next election.
Liam Byrne, the former chief secretary to the Treasury and now shadow work pensions secretary, argues that Labour could achieve [...]
Posted: June 16th, 2013 under UK Politics.
Partly in response to Ginger Beer’s request for more posts on bread and butter issues rather than an unending diet of HP’s signature dishes, here are links to some of the articles I’ve been most struck by this week.
I’ll begin with Nick Cohen’s blistering attack on Iain Duncan Smith, in today’s Observier, in which he [...]
Posted: May 12th, 2013 under UK Politics.
UKIP has taken more than 140 council seats, and averaged 25% of the vote, while the Conservatives lost 335 and the Liberal Democrats lost 124. Labour failed to make any stunning gains raising more questions about its drift to the left and begging the question if not now then when?
It confirms without a doubt that [...]
As a bus-load of libertarian students pushes a little bit further into the Tory shires golf club (Tm. Peter Risdon), the UKIP local election candidate for Pendle Central in Lancashire County Council has been suspended following online comments.
It started as a quip about offering symnpathies to Satan for hosting Margaret Thatcher. Personally, I would [...]
The result in the South Shields by-election, sparked by David Miliband’s exit from parliament, was never in doubt, but while the Liberal Democrats were left humiliated and without their deposit in seventh place there were worrying signs for Ed Miliband too.
With council elections taking place yesterday too, although most votes not being counted until this [...]
Posted: May 3rd, 2013 under UK Politics.