Diane Abbott's article on the Huffington Post is factually inaccurate and politically motivated. I understand that we are in a febrile stage of the political timetable and that a "Tory toff" is a tempting target in the simplistic world of sound bite politics. But the truth of the housing issue in Hackney that spurred her attack is very different from how she and others have portrayed it. For obvious reasons this situation has been personalised to me. It has been suggested that I have been personally going around "evicting" needy tenants from "social" housing in Hackney for my own gain. I haven't.
Ordinary London families are being treated like counters on a Monopoly board by multi-millionaires like Richard Benyon MP and his family company, for whom housing in London is merely a business opportunity. Labour knows that housing is also about stable families and communities and we will shape our policies accordingly.
Tony Blair has moved to unite the left against Ukip in his strongest attack yet against Nigel Farage and the eurosceptic party. The former prime m...
Never has George Osborne's hypocritical catch-line "we are all in this together" sounded more hollow than with the news that 10% of the poorest areas, including my own borough of Hackney, have been hit by cuts that average over 25% of their local authority budget. Meanwhile some of the wealthiest areas have not just avoided the cuts, but have seen their grants rise under this government.
Taxpayers ask a great deal of their MPs. We want them to fix their pot holes, resolve their planning disputes and somehow stop people parking where they shouldn't. We also want them to represent our views fairly in Parliament - no matter how divided those views maybe. The one thing we didn't ask for was a whacking great picture of them in case we forget their good deeds or looks.
Both those on the left and those on the right of the political spectrum seem to agree that an emphasis on family is key to addressing numerous social problems, including the current 'crisis of masculinity'. But while the left see this as an opportunity to broadening the horizons of manhood, conservatives are grasping at outdated gender tropes.
The truth is that men, through socially defined 'masculinity', have always enjoyed a privileged relationship with social and economic power. Through history, the idea of 'manhood' has been centred in physical strength, toughness, earning, providing, and dominating, creating a paradigm in which we have been collectively socialised to the idea of 'masculinity' within every faculty of our psyche.