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%.
Ed Miliband is set to announce Labour’s “NHS Rescue Plan” – starting with an emergency recruitment drive designed to get another 1,000 nurses into training this year. Speaking to student nurses at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Labour leader will say that this 1,000 nurses is the first installment of the 20,000 nurses (and 8.000 doctors) the party would fund thanks to its “time to care” fund. Labour would – on the first day of a Miliband government – ask universities to […]Read more →
Ed Miliband was the third leader to face an Evan Davis grilling tonight. Davis isn’t not as pugnacious as Jeremy Paxman, nor as dogged as Andrew Neill (who I’d like to see interview all of the party leaders), but he’s smart, well prepared and hammers home at points of potential weakness. He’s an incredibly tough interviewer – you’d have to be to do the Today Programme and Newsnight – and that was certainly the case for Miliband tonight, at least in the […]Read more →
This isn’t the article I expected to write about the SNP manifesto. I was ready to praise Nicola Sturgeon’s political guile for producing a carbon copy of Labour’s programme. After a full week to digest Labour’s offer, I fully expected an identikit policy programme, presented as a ‘hand of friendship’ from the SNP: part of the party’s lethal campaign to minimise the differences between itself and Labour; to prove to Scots that there is nothing to fear from switching to […]Read more →
In 1972, after an industrial dispute in the Shropshire town of Shrewsbury, 24 men were prosecuted under the ancient 1875 Conspiracy Act. Ever since then, the 24, their family and friends protest their innocence and have tirelessly fought their convictions. It’s become a cause célèbre for the trade union movement. There have long been suspicions of murky political interference in the trial. Many have accused the then Tory Government of orchestrating a show trial. Yet, time and again, demands for the truth have […]Read more →
We are now over halfway through the short campaign, and very little movement has been spotted in the polls. We’ve had manifestos, pledges and difficult interviews – but how would you rate Labour’s campaign so far? On current polling, it would seem a hung parliament is the likeliest outcome. If Labour have chance to form a government, and had a choice, what would be your preferred type of government? Finally, Ed Miliband’s personal ratings appear to be on the […]Read more →