Cameron is governing from the shadows: Tom Watson on Labour’s plans to bring government into the light

Yesterday the Tories rushed out 36 written ministerial statements and 424 government documents in one day – containing among much else announcements - that three quarters of those affected by bedroom tax have cut back on food according to the DWP, - that there has been a 45% rise in the number of homeless families … Continue reading Cameron is governing from the shadows: Tom Watson on Labour’s plans to bring government into the light

Labour getting more money from supporters than Tories from hedge funds – funded by the many, for the many.

Remember the Tories’ Black and White Ball fundraiser in February? £1500 or so a ticket? Attended by hedge fund bosses, lap-dance club owners, pornographers – with an auction where bids reached into the hundreds of thousands? That’s how the Tories do election funding. Looks a bit different from the incredible funding milestone Labour has just … Continue reading Labour getting more money from supporters than Tories from hedge funds – funded by the many, for the many.

Tories, Academies and Really, Really Big Money: Whose Hands on the Levers of Power

Background Ordinary folk like us are sometimes taken aback by the sheer brass-necked cheek exhibited by Tory politicians and we don’t just mean Osborne’s ‘We are all in this together’ mantra! Take the case of Robert Edmiston, for example. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2013 Robert Edmiston was ranked 209th of the wealthiest people … Continue reading Tories, Academies and Really, Really Big Money: Whose Hands on the Levers of Power

TORY PRE-ELECTION PROMISES? JUST PRESS DELETE! – then scramble to undo the damage

The magazine, Computer Weekly, has just become required reading for all Labour Party members and supporters and, indeed, anyone interested in how the Tory Party operates. On November 12th, Computer Weekly reported that the Tories had tried to remove a 10-year backlog (2000 – 2010) of Tory speeches from the internet. They even tried to … Continue reading TORY PRE-ELECTION PROMISES? JUST PRESS DELETE! – then scramble to undo the damage

Protecting bankers’ bonuses, or helping small businesses – it’s the Tory/Labour choice.

There is an economic law – as iron as any such law ever is: recovery after a slump is inevitable. What vary are the speed of that recovery, its nature, the new level reached – and who benefits. So the green shoots we seem to be seeing at the moment are not surprising – and … Continue reading Protecting bankers’ bonuses, or helping small businesses – it’s the Tory/Labour choice.

Concerned Citizen in Toryland – Interest Rate Fixing, the Serious Fraud Office and the Tory Party

During his speech to the Labour Party Conference, Ed Miliband reminded Britain about David Cameron’s main priority – to protect the wealthy at the expense of the ordinary citizen. Reflecting on the Prime Minister’s boast that the economy has ‘turned the corner’ he argued that it is funny sort of recovery when only the wealthy … Continue reading Concerned Citizen in Toryland – Interest Rate Fixing, the Serious Fraud Office and the Tory Party

Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill – What price a LibDem principle?

Lobbying has been at the forefront of the political agenda recently – and especially since Lynton Crosby crossed the threshold of No 10. David Cameron has been under pressure to tackle it. His – and the Coalition’s - response was the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill. You’ll note that ‘Lobbying’ … Continue reading Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill – What price a LibDem principle?

The Liberal Democrats’ New Politics – or How to Trouser £99,423

The backstory. On Sunday, 16th May 2010 the Liberal Party released a press statement: ‘Liberal Democrat Special Conference in Birmingham today overwhelmingly approved the party’s Coalition Agreement with the Conservative Party.’ Nick Clegg was very pleased with himself. He thought that the failure of any party to achieve an overall majority at the 2010 general … Continue reading The Liberal Democrats’ New Politics – or How to Trouser £99,423

Eating your way to influence – party-funding Tory-style

Party-funding has slipped out of the headlines. Must be those important economic moves by Mr Pickles to allow parking in driveways and force the building of wheelie-bin shelters which have driven it off the agenda. [Might think about building affordable and social houses first, Eric]. Well, this is after all the ‘silly season’ in politics. … Continue reading Eating your way to influence – party-funding Tory-style