Edwina Currie makes more friends…

November 19, 2011 2:55 pm

Former Tory Minister Edwina Currie has certainly been busy in the last few weeks. First she said that people didn’t need to choose between heating and eating in the 21st century, for which she was later taken to task by Owen Jones. Now she’s gone on the attack against wealthy pensioners who wish to pass on their winter fuel allowance to charity, and clashed with agony aunt Denise Robertson in a rather unusual interview:

  • Anonymous

    I think she is right on this….

  • Bob Brick

    @treborc:disqus I hope that you , unlike Edwina Currie, have come to that conclusion at least  having looked into all the facts. For example the ‘community foundation’ is not one single entity but in fact 56 separate charitable organisations. They are all based and working in their local communities. They are not ‘sitting’ on £200 million but investing it in order to give out millions of pounds every year, year in year out (the money is largely in endowments) and in fact last year gave out £74 million via around 25,000 grants. If you have made you mind up knowing that and not just listening to the incorrect ramblings of someone so out of touch she also proclaimed that no one in the UK has to choose between food and fuel, then  at least you have bothered to learn the facts and given your opinion. I believe you are wrong but I respect your research and thought process to get to that conclusion.

Latest

  • News Weekly Survey: Miliband, Iraq and Rail

    Weekly Survey: Miliband, Iraq and Rail

    It may be the depths of August – but the LabourList weekly survey continues to test the pulse of the Labour grassroots, and give you a chance to have your say on your party. This week we want to know how you think Ed Miliband is doing as Labour leader. We’ve already asked what you think of the Shadow Cabinet – so now it’s the leader’s turn. With only 9 months to go until election day, how is Miliband performing as […]

    Read more →
  • News Scotland Former MP, MSP and Scottish Education Minister Sam Galbraith has passed away

    Former MP, MSP and Scottish Education Minister Sam Galbraith has passed away

    Sam Galbraith – the former MP, MSP and Scottish Education Minister – has died at the age of 68. He underwent a lung transplant in 1990, and was believed to be one of the world’s longest survivors of such a procedure. Galbraith was also a respected neurosurgeon. Speaking on behalf of the Galbraith family, Alastair Darling “Sam Galbraith died this morning in Glasgow’s Western Infirmary after contracting an infection which proved impossible for him to overcome. “Sam was a brilliant […]

    Read more →
  • News How the “seaside express” is looking to revamp summer campaigning – and the Labour Party

    How the “seaside express” is looking to revamp summer campaigning – and the Labour Party

    August is often thought of as a quiet time in British politics. Derided as “silly season”, this is the month when most politicians go on holiday. Perhaps the reason it’s particularly quiet though is that it’s also the month when most journalists go on holiday too… Yet this year, the Labour Party has made a concerted effort to remain active throughout August. The branded “The Choice” speeches began at the end of last month and have continued since, with most […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Failing people and the planet – how Greens do politics

    Failing people and the planet – how Greens do politics

    Already a country with soaring numbers of private renters, we’ve become one of renters struggling to make ends meet. Following the Coalition’s cuts to local housing allowance, private landlords are jettisoning the housing benefit sector to exploit the huge demand among those who will pay more. In my city, Oxford, the Labour-run city council is adjusting to a 47% Coalition funding cut while trying to stitch together a security new for people hit hardest by cuts to housing benefit and […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Scotland One month until the referendum – then we can begin the task of bringing our nation back together

    One month until the referendum – then we can begin the task of bringing our nation back together

    For these past three years, the referendum has put everything but the constitution on hold in Scotland politics. But one month from today we will go to the polls. Postal votes go out in less than two weeks. The so-called game-changers for the Yes campaign: the White Paper; the European elections; the Bannockburn anniversary; the Commonwealth Games; have come and gone, and yet the game remains largely unchanged. The Scottish Social Attitudes survey released last week – the gold standard […]

    Read more →