Time and again over the last four years we've pressed the government to support our plans for a victims' law. Repeatedly they've refused to do so, going so far as to attack our plans. Just last week in the House of Commons chamber ministers were given the opportunity to back a victims' law - an opportunity they didn't take. Back in July Chris Grayling even attacked Labour's victims' law, saying "the opposition always talks about laws". So this weekend's sudden conversion by the government to the need for new 'laws' - a victims' law - is a little surprising. After all, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Of course if the government are sincere about their new found passion for victims, it is to be welcomed, but it is little wonder many are cynical.
f governments fail to act in closing tax avoidance schemes and loopholes, there is a strong possibility that future profits resulting from lower taxes will simply end up in the pockets of senior managers in a tax haven, far out of reach of the British government and certainly not going towards helping the 1 million people who now rely on emergency food hand-outs. It is time for Labour to Act.
Labour, and in particular its leader Ed Miliband have an enormous problem. It has played a large role in Scotland's Referendum and if left unaddressed will continue to have massive implications in next spring's general election. The fundamental problem is this; they have become skin crawlingly creepy.
'This isn't about England-Scotland or Scotland-England; it's about all of us, the whole nation.' He is right. By the time all the voting is done I hope will all my heart that we will still be a United Kingdom.
The SNP have done a brilliant job of presenting a utopian future but the fact is that we would have to compete in the nasty, corrupt world that we all live in - where multinationals and offshore investment funds rule. We can't create the green socialist paradise that Alex Salmond suggests as we'll be struggling to pay the bills and get investors from day one. Perhaps he will ask the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans to come and save us.
After the screening, held in a swanky cinema at London's Barbican centre, a world away from a Welsh pit mine, various friends of Mark Ashton stood up to thank Warchus for portraying the events in such a truthful way, some of them weeping, they were so proud.
A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.
The Left should be out of the blocks quickly when the debate over devolution for England begins in earnest after the probable no vote next Thursday. And we should shape the campaign for a new settlement in our own image - an image that draws on every democratic and radical movement England has produced from the Levellers and Diggers to the Chartists, from the early Christian socialists to the Jarrow marchers, from Tolpuddle to the Suffragettes, from Wat Tyler to the pioneers of the New Unionism.
No, I've not lost my marbles - not yet anyway. I really do believe that if Scotland vote 'Yes' next Thursday in the Independence Referendum it will be the best thing that has happened to the Labour Party in decades. And I'm predicting a narrow win for Alex Salmond.
People are capable of understanding the trade offs and difficult decisions that need to be made to tackle the housing crisis - but too often politicians aren't being straight with the public on housing. If we are to make serious progress toward solving the housing crisis in London, proposals like Shelter should be required reading.
On 19th September I want to wake up to a Britain no longer shaped by the failed politicians of yesteryear. I want to wake up to a Scotland, independent, bold and brave enough to sort out its own future. And once it begins that process, the rest of us prepared to follow suit. Breaking up Britain? An independent Scotland is only be the start.
"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it," so said Nye Bevan, who founded the National Health Service 66 years ago. Two years after the government launched the biggest attack on our health service in its history, we are seeing communities coming together in the fight of their lives to save our NHS. Now growing numbers of people are getting wise to this sinister trade deal which is threatening to make the Tory sell-off of the NHS irreversible.
Next Thursday, Scotland will vote on whether it wants to stay in the United Kingdom or leave and become separate from the rest of the UK. In the last few weeks, the polls have narrowed considerably with one YouGov poll on Sunday suggesting that - for the first time - the "Yes" campaign is in the lead by 1 point. What's clear is it is neck-and-neck.
The grim reality of London's private renting crisis was graphically exposed to the wider world this June when in Islington we banned a tiny 'shoebox' flat from being rented out. In the widely-shared photo from the letting agent's site, you could see the bed blocking the cupboard doors under the hob; the fact it was snapped up, in less than a day, for £737 a month was a cruel expression of the desperation so many tenants' face.
Politicians must begin to move away from this mould and persuade us to get behind them as people. They need to put the passion and personality back into politics.
In order to strengthen citizens' trust in democracy, there needs to be extensive and tightly enforced cooling-off periods between the time a person spends holding public office and their move to a job for a private company in a related field. We need to introduce such a cooling-off period across the EU; three years would be a reasonable minimum length.