Germany's major political parties — What you need to know Social Democrats (SPD) The SPD is Germany's oldest political party and the main center-left rival of the CDU/CSU. It shares the CDU/CSU support for the EU and NATO, but it takes a more progressive stance on social issues and welfare policies. It is currently in a coalition government with the CDU/CSU and is trying to win back support under interim leaders Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, Manuela Schwesig and Malu Dreyer. … [Read more...] about Hamburg election: SPD win, far-right AfD scrape by
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In February 1974, Ted Heath’s Tory Party would have been the largest at Westminster but would not have had a majority. Including Scotland, Harold Wilson was again the beneficiary, with Labour the largest party in a hung Parliament. … [Read more...] about Labour can’t win without its band of Scots MPs: A Yes vote next week would spell crisis for Miliband government
But at least we knew where Blair stood on these issues. Many voters and political commentators (not least on RightMinds) often cry out for ‘conviction politicians’, but then rail against those very politicians and party leaders whose conviction doesn’t quite accord with their own. Blair was (and remains) a highly polished performer, but few will doubt that he’s also a man with an unctuous missiological imperative to usher in a New World Order of pantheistic peace, ubiquitous unity and ‘Third Way’ wonder and love. He failed in the Middle East to find common ground between Arabs and Jews, so now he’s returned to the UK to mediate between Eds Miliband and Balls. … [Read more...] about What kind of prime minister gives a free vote on a ‘fundamental human right’?
Thanks for not shutting us out. Thanks for putting up with decade upon decade of another country’s problem and not turning this into a political argument or a cause of difficulty – but just getting on with it as the women arrived, 10 or so per day, into your ports and airports with the tight look on their faces that said: “Please help me.” Thanks for doing this quietly and constantly during the time of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, during the elections and re-elections of Northern Ireland assemblies that failed to legislate for their own women’s needs. Thanks for doing it through rage and hatred, violence and change. Thanks for doing it after the UK joined the European Union and through all the public bitching about Europe that followed, and also when Brexit has made things uncertain between your country and the rest of the world. … [Read more...] about After the abortion vote, I want to thank Britain. You were there for Irish women
Mr Khan tweeted this morning: 'I will be voting for Keir Starmer to be the next Labour leader. I've known Keir for decades. He's the best person to unite our party, take the fight to the Tories and put Labour in government.' … [Read more...] about Sir Keir Starmer is on course to cruise to victory in the Labour leadership race with a new poll showing he could win 53% of votes with Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy trailing far behind