There are always disagreements between parties about the use of bar charts on leaflets. I don’t tend to use them very much on my leaflets, foir a variety of reasons, but I follow the debates about their use elsewhere with interest. Last week I was given a copy of a Labour leaflet in Leggatts ward, [...]
So Harriet Harman has been forced into a grovelling apology for her nasty remarks about Danny Alexander. Quite right too. The remarks also seem to have caused some embarrassment within the Labour party. Good. But full marks to Danny Alexander for his response that he was ”proud to be ginger”, adding that “rodents do valuable work cleaning up [...]
It’s eight years since Theresa May stunned the Conservative conference by dubbing the Tories ‘the nasty party’. Over the past few months, it appears that Labour have seen the title one that automatically goes with the role of HM Opposition, as their policy-lite attacks have sunk to new lows. Earlier this week, I commentedon Labour [...]
The headline on today’s Guardian letters page says, ‘Tony Blair was’t Labour’s messiah’. Was he a very naughty boy, then? I was also surprised to see the self=description of the author. He signed himself as ‘Frank Jackson, Political education officer, Harlow Labour Party’. A local party with someone dedicated to political education? It sounds like something out of [...]
I’m no economist. I’m not going to get into micro-analysis of the Budget or today’s IFS report. But I think those Labour supporters jumping to proclaim the general wonderfulness of the IFS, should remember what they thought of the IFS when they were in government.
Over the past few weeks, Labour activists have filled the blogosphere and Twitter feeds with stories about how much Labour Party membership is growing and how many thousands of Liberal Democrats have joined them. The numbers have grown week on week, so much so that I am surprised not to find that Nick Clegg and [...]
Yesterday we learned that former Labour minister Alan Milburn is probably going to be announced later this week as the government’s social mobility czar. I have two problems with this. Firstly I wish we could just have news, not announcements of things that are going to be announced at a later date. Secondly I hate [...]
The Watford Labour Party has published a members’ newsletter and placed a copy online. In the report of May’s local elections it reads: ‘In the Mayoral election, Nigel Bell came a close second’. Which is strange. Because in the vote for Watford’s elected mayor, won for the third time by Lib Dem Dorothy Thornhill, Labour’s [...]
So the Tories haven’t sealed the deal yet. There seems to be a great deal of puzzlement as to why HM Official Opposition isn’t gliding gracefully into the role of HM Government, most of all from the Conservatives themselves. Even Labour seem confused. Some believe that the Conservatives have been only too ready to sit [...]
I wonder if the Manchester Labour Party are going to call for action against Gordon Brown?