Joe Cottrell-Boyce
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Social worker/ Researcher/ Film maker

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On a Rainy Day in Oldham, A Ray of Hope for Labour

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (17:29)

It's been a horrible week for the Labour party. Obvious disunity and rumours of coups and resignations have tragically eclipsed what should have been two major victories - the chancellors U-turn on tax-credit and policing cuts. It's getting harder to dismiss the impression that the Labour party is engaged in...

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With Corbyn on the Ballot, This Election Could be The Most Significant in a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2015 | (02:04)

The momentum achieved by Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to be Labour leader in recent weeks has struck horror into the hearts of many senior party figures. To the Labour establishment, Corbyn is a relic. An unreconstructed '1983 man' spouting an ideology that has long since gone out of fashion. His very...

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For Labour, the Centre Cannot Hold

(5) Comments | Posted 10 March 2015 | (00:21)

The pledges of allegiance to the political center-ground made by Miliband and Balls in the weeks that followed Tony Blair's New Year's warning against a scenario where a "traditional left-wing party competes with a traditional right-wing party, with the traditional result", are a depressing reminder that the current Labour establishment...

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Busting the Gangs

(0) Comments | Posted 6 November 2013 | (15:56)

For the past month, The Evening Standard has been running a sobering series of articles on gangs in London, under the headline 'Frontline London'. Youth gangs, the paper reports, are now responsible for half of all shootings and a fifth of all stabbings in capital. 'What we are...

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Print, Prejudice and the Struggle for Sites: The Ugly Face of Localism

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2013 | (13:22)

Last month, Inside Housing reported that only 101 of the 597 Traveller pitches allocated government funding in England since 2012 have managed to secure planning permission. Without permission, it is unlikely any of the remainder will go ahead; another broken promise in the ongoing struggle for adequate Traveller accommodation in...

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A Real Solution to the 'Blight' of Unauthorised Traveller Sites

(7) Comments | Posted 13 August 2013 | (15:22)

Eric Pickles call for councils to tackle the 'blight' of unauthorised Traveller sites was met with outcry last week, with community leaders claiming the communities secretary's words fanned the flames of anti-traveller prejudice.

But in a way, Pickles has a point. The dire shortage of legal traveller...

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How Much Do We Really Care?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (11:48)

Last Thursday the BBC released a video of 83-year-old Muriel Price, sobbing pitiful protests to an empty house as she lay stranded in her bed, her agency carer having failed to turn up to work. Her quiet desperation painted a shameful picture of how little our society values...

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Transforming Rehabilitation Will Take More Than Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (14:39)

The coalition government is promising 'a revolution in the way we manage offenders' with a radical overhaul of post-release provision designed to drive down the rate of reoffending.

The revolving door of recidivism, which sees almost half of those released from prison reoffending within 12 months, is an expense society...

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The Case Against Private Prisons

(1) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (16:52)

The right-wing think tank Reform has published a report claiming that private firms are better at running prisons. 'The case for private prisons' criticises the government for moving away from the wholesale privatisation of the prison estate, claiming that private prisons, introduced in England and Wales in the 1990's, are...

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One Nation Education

(1) Comments | Posted 13 December 2012 | (10:39)

In a couplet of speeches in November, Shadow Education-Secretary Stephen Twigg outlined his share of the "radical and progressive vision for Britain" that is 'One Nation Labour'. One Nation Education will be "fundamental to addressing the divided country we face today"; a school system which gets back to...

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London Needs a Mayor Who Will Take the Housing Crisis Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (00:00)

Boris Johnson's claim that he has delivered 50,000 affordable homes over the course of his Mayoralty has raised many an eyebrow over the course of his campaign. Critics insist that he has inflated the figures and that, at any rate, he is taking credit for a legacy of Labour funding...

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Mayor's Mentoring Scheme is a Failure

(5) Comments | Posted 24 April 2012 | (00:00)

At its launch last July, Boris Johnson claimed that his flagship mentoring programme meant more to him "than anything else we do in City Hall."

Indeed, the programme is so important to Boris that he lists it as a key achievement in his re-election manifesto, claiming that over 1,000 volunteers...

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