Tag Archives: Labour Party

  1. VAT on Private School fees to fund free school lunches for Primary pupils – the devil’s in the detail

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    May 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The idea, introduced by the Labour Party, of putting VAT on private school fees to fund free school meals for …
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  2. Labour’s manifesto – bold and offering a clear choice about how we want to live

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    May 17, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have to admit to developing a bit of a crush on Labour’s manifesto. It is bold and it offers …
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  3. Why energy price caps will worsen the energy market for consumers

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    May 16, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The energy market is a target for both the mainstream political parties. Both Labour and Conservatives have suggested price caps …
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  4. The unintended consequences of raising corporation tax

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    May 15, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Recent research found that in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher took over the country and the economic model changed, the workforce …
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  5. If Jeremy Corbyn moves the Overton Window, it’s good for democracy

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    May 14, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

      Over the next week, the party manifestos are going to be published (or in Labour’s case the second, agreed …
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  6. How Labour’s 97 hamstringing should be a lesson to May

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    May 13, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the course of this election I have referred a few times to the importance of Theresa May not tying …
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  7. Why the Progressive Pact may need to be fact.

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    May 12, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Two days ago I reported details of a tacit ‘reactionary pact’ in which UKIP voters were defecting to the Tories …
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  8. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 2

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    May 9, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The aftermath of the Labour’s landslide General Election defeat in 1983, on the back of a hard left-wing manifesto that one …
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  9. Why Corbyn could stay if Labour lose – part 1

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    May 8, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The general consensus is that Jeremy Corbyn will resign as Labour Leader on June 9th. Some in the Labour Party …
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  10. Does a political earthquake await in Wales?

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    April 30, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    With thanks to Professor Roger Scully from Cardiff University, I have some strange readings from the political Richter scale to report …
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  11. Can the normal political rules survive the ‘Brexit election’?

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    April 28, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Within hours of Theresa May’s announcement that she intended to call an election on June 8th, the offices of ‘Open Britain’, …
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  12. How the British election system could come to Labour’s aid.

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    April 25, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Predictions for Labour are dire. With no real position on Brexit, and one of the most unpopular mainstream Party leaders …
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  13. Jeremy Corbyn’s morals and principles would make him an unpopular populist

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    April 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    I met Jeremy Corbyn once. It was at my wife’s Auntie Angela’s 90th birthday party. It was a Sunday in …
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  14. Six reasons why the 2017 General Election is so hard to predict

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    April 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    So, the vote to overturn the Fixed Term Parliament Act and call a General Election passed with barely a murmur …
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  15. Four plus two reasons why Theresa May wants to hold the election on 8th June

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    April 19, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    There are many good political and constitutional reasons for Theresa May to have an election right now. She was always …
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  16. Will we actually have the election on June 8th?

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    April 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    When Theresa May stepped out today (April 18th) to a lectern in Downing Street to announce she would be seeking …
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  17. Why Labour MPs are right to act now

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    June 29, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Last Friday, the day after the EU Referendum, I suggested that now was not the time for the Labour Party …
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  18. Why the new Prime Minister should call a General Election immediately

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    June 27, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    If you thought we were done with major political decisions until 2020, you’ve got another think coming. Whoever the Tories …
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  19. EU Referendum – How Damian McBride’s tweet suggests secret support of Labour leadership for Leave

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    June 5, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    One of the problems with tweeting on mobile phones is that you can make a slip with a tiny movement …
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  20. EU Referendum – the Labour leadership hate Tories more than they love the EU

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    June 1, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    I Labour leadership have been almost silent during the EU referendum campaign This amplifies Tory divisions, which could lead to …
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  21. Jeremy Corbyn and the EU – it’s complicated

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    April 19, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Understanding Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the EU Referendum is at the same time difficult and easy. The truth is that …
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  22. Jeremy Corbyn and Stop the War come as a pair – why that matters

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    January 6, 2016 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn’s relationship with Stop the War is transparent and he should continue it. But the organisation itself must bear …
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  23. The Syria vote must be above party politics

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    December 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The first to say about tomorrow’s vote on airstrikes in Syria is that it isn’t, and shouldn’t be, about Politics. …
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  24. A Fist fight at a Labour Party meeting shows just how important the Syria decision is

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    November 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    We must never lose sight of the fact that a decision to go to  war puts many lives on the …
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  25. Cameron parks Conservative tanks on Labour’s vacated lawn

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    October 7, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Before I comment on David Cameron’s speech (to read it click here) – I was struck by these three responses: …
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  26. Five thoughts about Jeremy Corbyn’s speech

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    September 30, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Tactically, I guess, it should have been expected that Jeremy Corbyn would have wanted to shore up his base before …
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  27. Why new participants in politics need to listen more.

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    September 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Speaking this week to the Press Gazette, Ian Hislop, the editor of satirical magazine Private Eye and star of BBC’s …
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  28. Corbyn’s rail re-nationalisation is the right first policy, but the devil will be in the detail.

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    September 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Margaret Thatcher didn’t privatise the railways. Her main intellectual guru on privatisation, Nicholas Ridley, didn’t think they should be privatised. …
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  29. The furore over Jeremy Corbyn not singing the National Anthem is illiberal bullying

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    September 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Is it just me who is concerned about the dangerously illiberal reaction to Jeremy Corbyn not singing the national anthem …
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  30. Trade Union Bill – don’t believe the hype!

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    September 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Today Parliament has been debating, and will continue to debate, the Trade Union Bill brought forward by the Conservative Government. …
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  31. Jeremy Corbyn has a clear mandate. Let’s hope he uses it properly.

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    September 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Jeremy Corbyn’s landslide victory in the Labour leadership election, coming as it did with a 59% majority vote in the …
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  32. Why are the Labour Party excluding people just because they share Old Labour aims and values?

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    August 27, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    There’s a rather strange phenomenon going on in the Labour Party’s vetting process for their leadership election. They are attempting …
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  33. It’s not what was in Jeremy Corbyn’s “Standing to Deliver” plan that matters. It’s where he launched it.

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    August 14, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    It has been almost year since a Labour politician stepped up to a microphone in Scotland without trepidation at the …
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  34. The right-wing press don’t fear Labour if Corbyn wins. They just fear Corbyn.

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    July 26, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The most interesting reaction to the ascent of Jeremy Corbyn towards the leadership of the Labour Party has been that …
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  35. Are the right wing press getting Jeremy Corbyn’s PM chances all wrong?

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    July 19, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       As MPs set off into the sun for their well deserved six week holiday, the Westminster world was set …
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  36. Why the next Labour Leader may just be rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

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    May 21, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    So we are to be denied the opportunity to see a public school educated history professor called Tristram try to …
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  37. Why Labour would gain from explaining why they overspent in Government

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    May 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     The candidates for the Labour Party leadership are already  organising themselves into two groups on Labour’s economic record when …
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  38. Why Ed Balls is a loss to politics

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    May 15, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In amongst the carnage last week was a result that made me sad. Ed Balls lost his seat in Morley …
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  39. EU Referendum and Business uncertainty – Labour have a point

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    April 1, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Labour party made an interesting, and brave decision on Monday. They opened their election campaign proper, on the day …
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  40. The Labour pledge card is a “no hard choices” list of incrementally more progressive Miss World statements

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    March 16, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    I have a friend who is a lifelong Labour Party supporter. At the next election he is not only intending to …
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  41. Why the SNP must hope that Labour can form a government without them.

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    March 13, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, when the Conservatives want to float a particularly controversial idea, but don’t want to have their fingerprints all over …
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  42. Left wing supply side policies – Why and how Labour CAN be socially democratic without money.

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    February 28, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    In a wonderful article in Prospect Magazine, the Labour peer Stewart Wood, a key advisor to Ed Miliband, has explained …
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  43. Speed cameras – should Labour be exchanging our safety for a few votes?

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    February 25, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Between 1998 and 2009, during the last a Labour government, the quantity of traffic rose by 15%, but there was …
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  44. Miliband’s plan for high quality apprenticeships makes sense

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    February 18, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Monday was a great example of the importance of defining what you are talking about. Ed Miliband gave a speech …
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  45. Successfully bashing the Conservatives is not necessarily a successful week for Labour

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    February 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At first glance, it looks like Labour had a very good week last week. Starting off by pointing out the …
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  46. Ed Miliband and Stanley Fink – allegations without evidence are an abuse of Parliamentary privilege.

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    February 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    First of all, full disclosure. I know Lord Stanley Fink. I have known him for sixteen years. I know his …
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  47. Labour’s tuition fees discussions are like watching a slow-motion car crash

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    February 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, political parties do things that are actually hard to watch, so utterly amateurish and nonsensical are they. Trying to …
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  48. Why even pointing out the Government’s economic failures hurts Labour

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    December 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    On Monday what looked like a rather arcane economics spat broke out between the Conservatives and Labour. Once again, it …
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  49. Will Jim Murphy save the Labour Party’s hopes of being in government next year?

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    December 15, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Stop most people on the street and ask them to name a single leader of the Scottish Labour Party and …
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  50. We need to pass every policy announcement from now on through the ‘Coalition lens’

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    December 7, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Bearing in mind their financial need to get things right, it is interesting to see that there isn’t a single …
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