The letter is particularly striking given that some of signatories are on the party's centre right, such as Progress and Policy Network, and others on the left, such as key figures at Compass and Class. Other signatories include Maurice Glasman, a former ally of Miliband who has turned into one of his harshest critics, and policy experts from the New Economics Foundation, the Fabian Society, Shifting Grounds, Labour List, the London School of Economics, OpenDemocracy, the ACT! Alliance, We Own It, Changing London, the Green New Deal Group and the Global Sustainability Institute. … [Read more...] about Ed Miliband told: don’t play safe with Labour manifesto
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One audience member said the Tories should provide more detail about where the axe would fall, telling Cameron: “I think you are either deceiving the British public, or you know exactly what you are going to do but you are refusing to give specifics. I find that very difficult to understand. How can I possibly vote for you on that basis?” … [Read more...] about Ed Miliband: I won’t have Labour government if it means deals with SNP
Susan Faludi in Backlash explains how in the 60s, at the height of the women’s movement, the rhetoric of change was eloquent but delivery negligible. Of 884 women’s rights bills introduced in the US Congress, only 10 were passed. Then, in August 1970, a nationwide one-day women’s strike for equality was held. Women marched in 90 cities. According to Faludi, in the aftermath, an alarmed male Congress rapidly passed 40% of women’s rights legislation for the entire century. Good girls get nowhere. … [Read more...] about Yet again men hold power. Why can’t Labour change?
At all levels, there was despair that the furore had turned the spotlight on to Labour’s difficulties as a time when the party had hoped to take advantage of the Tories’ second byelection loss at the hands of Ukip. Friends of Thornberry admit that she made a mistake and has been left devastated by events. But they said that Thornberry, who was the first MP to nominate Miliband for the party leadership in 2010, was surprised that her private conversations with the Labour leader in the wake of her tweet had been leaked to the press. … [Read more...] about Labour party at war over Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobby’ tweet
The decision to retain Benn will disappoint some of Corbyn’s allies who had warned that the shadow foreign secretary would be at the centre of future rebellions, such as the vote over Syria, if he remained in post. One Labour MP said Benn would be a figurehead for repeated shadow cabinet rebellions if he was not removed. … [Read more...] about Labour reshuffle: Thornberry replaces Eagle for defence, McFadden sacked and Benn stays