The bottom line is: something has to change. The government refuses to listen to those who are on the frontline (quelle surprise!), and there is little as a consumer one can do to take action except this...
As I told the Brexit Secretary David Davis in the House of Commons today, such an outcome would be disastrous for jobs and growth. Every car we export to Europe would become 10% more expensive; every item of clothing, 12%; every joint of British lamb, 40%. UK goods would be priced out of competitiveness in the European market.
For the second time in under a month, Jeremy Corbyn has been presented with a resignation from a moderate Labour politician, piling further pressure o...
Theresa May's announcement that the UK will leave the single market will inevitably mean every single family in the UK will face significant financial loss. Given the polling that suggests people are prepared to sacrifice almost nothing to regain the right to make our own laws, hard Brexit could quickly become one of the most destructive and unpopular decisions ever made by a British government.
It is time for a new Labour figurehead, with more rational policies that can practically be made into realities, to be given screen-time in Corbyn's place before everyone begins to assume that there is no alternative to the Tories' money-orientated and wealthy-favouring ideologies and values.
In her first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May spoke of building a country which works for everyone and not just the privileged few. But despite warm words from successive Prime Ministers, it remains the case that in this country, where a person is born and who they are born to is the most likely determinant of what their life chances will be.
I will be campaigning to be selected Labour candidate for Stoke Central to advocate for our NHS in Stoke and that the NHS crisis not be swept under the carpet and inaction continue. Our campaign will deliver a key message that Labour is here to fight, Labour is listening and Labour cares and will take positive action. That is the defining difference.
DFID's support for efforts to tackle corruption in developing countries will fall flat if the wider Government does not continue to push for global advances on tax avoidance and tax evasion. If corporations are allowed to continue profiting from the poor, and stashing the proceeds elsewhere, developing country governments will remain unable to provide basic services and their citizens will be forced to engage in petty corruption in order to survive.
Most Britons - whether they voted Leave or Remain - will be the losers in this scenario; the top 1% of earners and tax-avoiding multinationals will be the winners. So the Prime Minister needs to stop betting the house on the most unpredictable US president in history, and embrace the safe option of staying in the Single Market.
The future of Europe, the future of our politics, is about the relationships we build with each other from the grassroots to the international level, and that cannot be done in smoke-filled rooms in Brussels or even on the backbenches of Hogwarts gone wrong. None of this is easy. This is why this is an intervention. Don't be the frog slowly boiling to death in your own stew of bones. Sitting in your echo chamber, rehearsing the same old ideas, arguing with the same old individuals, defending the same tired institutions. We have faced challenges before as progressives. We have faced change before. And we have chosen before to live. And live again we can. That is our call and our cause.
This weekend, Fabians from across the country will be meeting for our annual New Year conference. A new year is a time for fresh beginnings, and it has never felt more important for the left to face the future than now.
Fairness and justice are the pillars on which successful, happy societies are built. The present system that siphons so much wealth to the top 1% to the impoverishment of the rest is not fair, nor just. Failure to take action will result in the whole of society becoming poorer. Jeremy Corbyn is spot on; salaries of company bosses should be no more than 20 times the wage of its lowest-paid worker.
The imminent sale of the GIB to Macquarie, labelled as an asset stripper, is so troubling that not only are urgent questions being raised but there is strong cross-party support to pause the sale. We stand to lose an institution with a proven record of fighting climate change, enabling green innovation and creating a return for the taxpayer.
It has felt that the last six years have seen the NHS in perpetual crisis but there is now a real sense that the service is being irreversibly damaged, most importantly the impact on our patients is becoming painfully clear. As healthcare workers our priority is the patients we serve and we must ensure it is their care and their priorities that directs how the service is run, but this is not just a fight that concerns NHS staff. The NHS belongs to us all and we all have a responsibility to safeguard it.
The Tory government is breaking one if its key manifesto pledges and is completely failing to increase support for victims of crime. Parliament is currently deliberating the Policing and Crime Bill. Colleagues in both the Lords and the Commons have put forward a series of amendments which would increase the rights of victims and make the public sector more responsive to their needs. The government rejected them all.
I'm not one to exaggerate, I take no real pleasure in relaying to you my experiences during Tuesday 10th January 2017, but as cock ups go, you set a whole new level when it comes to a politician's failed attempt to reinvent themselves and offer up clarity of policies to the public at large.