We find ourselves at a crossroads. The path of our country and the character of our democracy will be shaped afresh in the coming months, for good or ill. Up and down the country, people’s energies are rousing — from Glasgow to Clacton, from London streets to Cornish hamlets. Their patience grows ever shorter. Most feel no one is listening to them. No one is talking their language, or offering them much change they can believe in. Is this really […]Read more →
After a dreadful summer, the Scottish Independence referendum –and the developments that followed it – have again illustrated David Cameron’s inept political judgment. From the single question on the Scottish ballot, to the woefully inadequate Edinburgh agreement, Alex Salmond was lucky to have found a British Prime Minister who, in the words of Peter Oborne, has proven to be so infamously ‘indolent, inattentive…and out of touch.’ Campaigning in the central belt during the final weeks of the referendum campaign the […]Read more →
Comment Local Government
As we talk about our country’s constitution in the coming months, the starting point is what powers the Scottish Parliament should have. And whilst devolution for other nations and regions is also a central part of the wider debate, it is a chance for us to be clear about what powers local government should be able to exercise in the future too. I appreciate that, as the councillor in charge of housing in Islington, this argument might sound a bit […]Read more →
14.47: The topic of conversation at the moment is Education and Children. Mari Williams a former teacher and PPC for Cardiff North addresses Conference tells the room: “only Labour can make a difference [in education]…we care about all children” – the difference between the Tories’ and Labour’s education policy shows “it does make a difference who’s in government.” 13.39: At the Labour Coast and Country fringe event in the LabourList marquee, Maria Eagle MP speaking to a packed room, alongside chair […]Read more →
What is “Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future”? And what announcements are on the cards at conference?
The tagline of Labour conference this year is “Labour’s Plan for Britain’s Future”, and Britain’s future is very much up for grabs. Of course there’s a General Election in just eight months time, but the very nature of Britain and how Britain is governed has been thrown into question by the Scottish Independence referendum and its aftermath. As Miliband said on arriving in Manchester: “The last few months have been about keeping our country together. The next eight months will be […]Read more →