There’s been some complacency and some crowing today as economic growth was revised up from 0.5% to 0.6% for the last quarter, yet don’t be fooled. The impact of Osborne’s economic policies is stark – growth in the year since his spending review is just ONE SIXTH of the growth acheived in the 12 months beforehand. Labour achieved 3% growth, Osborne has achieved just 0.5%.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Bedfordshire has been suspended from the Labour Party. Not to be confused with the resignation of South Yorkshire PCC Shaun Wright from the Labour Party in light of the child abuse scandal in Rotherham, Olly Martins was suspended from the party yesterday. This decision comes after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) yesterday released the results of an investigation into allegations that Martins leaked confidential information about the death of Leon Briggs – […]Read more →
Shaun Wright, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) accused of failing to act on the mounting evidence of child abuse in Rotherham, has resigned from the Labour Party. However, he has not left his post as commissioner. Wright, who was responsible for child services on Rotherham Council, faced calls from Labour to leave his post and the Party was expected to suspend him as a member today if he still remained. There is no process in place to […]Read more →
The appalling conclusions coming out of the report into child sexual abuse in Rotherham should concern us all. On an individual level at least 1,400 people have had their lives shattered. These people were some of the most powerless and often the most reliant on the services provided for them by the state. They have been let down and let down badly. So too were many of the front line workers within the state apparatus who tried to support them […]Read more →
Over the Bank Holiday weekend the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was trumpeting his new ‘ground rules’ to address rip-off hospital car parking. Any action to curb extortionate car parking prices at hospitals should be welcomed. However, reading these new ‘principles’ it appears they are not enforceable. My assumption was confirmed when the Department of Health answered a tweet from me by stating that ‘NHS Trusts will be held accountable to local people and organisations that represent them e.g. HealthWatch’. This […]Read more →
Today, Shabana Mahmood, Shadow Treasury Minister, has explained how George Osborne is on course to fall short of export targets he set for himself. Writing for PoliticsHome, Mahmood has released figures on British exports, which, she explains, “show that there are still major concerns about how balanced the recovery has been so far.” Two years ago Osborne said that by 2020 he would double exports to £1 trillion. However, Mahmood cites figures that suggest it looks highly unlikely that the UK could meet […]Read more →