One supporter said: “Emily is still standing in 2015 and it is up to Ed if she has a place in his government. She is determined this will not be how people remember her. She was brought up in a council house, went to a school they couldn’t even be bothered to give a name – it was just called the Church of England school – and was told that as a future career she could visit people in prison. And she did – as a barrister. She balks at the idea that she’s someone who has never seen a council estate before or is a snob.” … [Read more...] about Labour party at war over Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobby’ tweet
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“After the Paris attacks we’d had statements about France reaping the whirlwind of their own actions [a phrase used in a statement by the Stop the War Coalition, of which Corbyn is a long-time supporter], and every time we have a terrorist attack we have this argument that ‘what can we expect?’ That this is somehow not really the responsibility of those who carry out those attacks. I very much disagree with that view.” … [Read more...] about Labour reshuffle: Thornberry replaces Eagle for defence, McFadden sacked and Benn stays
David Hanson, the shadow foreign office minister, praised Cameron for setting out “with absolute clarity” that the government’s first duty is to protect its citizens. Chris Leslie, the former shadow chancellor, said: “Shouldn’t it be immediately obvious to everyone – to everyone – that the police need the full and necessary powers, including the proportionate use of lethal force if needs be, to keep our communities safe?” … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn challenged by Labour MPs over response to Isis attacks
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
In 1973, feminist Sheila Rowbotham in Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World, wrote: “Capitalism… twists the lives not only of those who are directly involved in production but the lives of those who are, for some reason or other, excluded from producing commodities, children, old people and the ill.” Women are more likely to find themselves in capitalism’s exclusion zone that dictates if you don’t earn, you have little value, no matter how much care you provide. Women, since 2010, have overwhelmingly borne the brunt of the cuts, losing public sector jobs and income. A working single parent, most commonly female, will end up with her income slashed by 30% in the decade to 2020. … [Read more...] about Yet again men hold power. Why can’t Labour change?