Labour's Manifesto Cannot Be Treated As A New Bible

Richard Angell | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Angell

An election could come at any time. The next Labour manifesto must be battle-ready, it must not contain hostages to fortune - no one wants to win like François Hollande and destroy your party because the programme is so undeliverable - and be written for the voting public. The only thing we can be sure about in politics is the next Tory manifesto definitely will be.

Opening Up Ownership To The Public

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

The ownership of businesses is fundamental to how power and reward are distributed in society. Since the early 1980s the privatisation of major indust...

If 2016 Has Proven Anything It's That The Private Sector Has Failed Public Service

Euan Healey | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Euan Healey

The UK Steel Industry and Why I Disagree With The Economist

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Politics
Malcolm Prowle

I am sure I am not the only person who is a long time subscriber and reader of the Economist journal but who disagrees profoundly with most of what it says. The online comments section of the journal show just that. For example...

Nationalisation Is Not Against EU Law

Sam Fowles | Posted 01.10.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

Sorry Nigel but EU law will not prohibit a properly handled nationalisation of energy utilities.

Chuck a Grenade in There: Why I Voted for Jeremy Corbyn

Gregor Cubie | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Gregor Cubie

Labour is a crumbling old corner of the temple of British government and we're going to have to rebuild it completely, not just redecorate. So, for now, instead of sending in Burnham or Cooper with the vacuum cleaners and window dressing, let's just chuck the Corbyn grenade into the middle of it, and see what he can set alight.

Can Britain Afford to Nationalise?

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

Nationalisation is possible and will not bankrupt the country. The railways require patience. The energy industry requires competition. The route to ensuring small-scale nationalisation is not to rely on the traditional method of wholesale purchase at market price.

Jeremy Corbyn Should Reinstate a Revised Clause IV

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

There is no reason a revised Clause IV can't reflect the benefits of small-scale nationalisation. Corbyn, if elected, should reinstate Clause IV in this revised form. It would galvanise the left, help to differentiate Labour from the Conservatives and entice potential voters.

Energy Costs, Free Market Vs Nationalised

Clive Norman | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK
Clive Norman

Water, a warm home, lighting. These are essentials to our way of life. Being told in times of cold that our elderly should put another layer of clothing on is positively Stone Age and more to the point obscene.

Time to End the Myths About Nationalisation and East Coast

Martin Griffiths | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Griffiths

Maria Eagle's call to effectively renationalise the rail network is so dangerous and backward-looking. Her view is based on phoney economics and is a brazen attempt to rewrite history. She has ignored the facts about the failing, worn out nationalised railway of yesterday and the modern, growing and successful railway of today.

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Former FSA Chair Lord Turner Attacks Austerity And Warns Of Another Crash | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics

The former chair of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Adair Turner, has called on the government to be "more cautious" about austerity and expre...

Did Thatcher Destroy People's Faith in Politics?

Will Brett | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics
Will Brett

During Thatcher's reign, few would have uttered the now-commonplace anti-political statement: "They're all the same as each other, so why should I vote for anyone". She gave people a reason to vote, one way or the other.

The Great Railway Robbery

Andrew Smith | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Hot on the heels of the Olympic we have been given yet another firmly entrenched tradition which will unite the nation. This time it's not a good one, in fact it a horrible and universally unpopular one. I am of course referring to the great annual railway robbery.

Should We Renationalise The Railways?

Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron and Nick Clegg have set out plans for a £9.4bn modernisation of the railways. The shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle, says the ent...

We Should Renationalise the Railways

Mick Whelan | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Mick Whelan

Since privatisation the cost to the public purse of running the railways has risen by a factor of between two and three times.

We Should Not Renationalise the Railways

Dr Richard Wellings | Posted 15.09.2012 | UK Politics
Dr Richard Wellings

Privatisation is often blamed for the shortcomings of Britain's railways. This is unfair. Genuine privatisation never happened. Nominal ownership may have been transferred to the private sector, but the government remains firmly in control.

Why Can't Companies Have 'Social' as Well as 'Limited' Liability?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

In today's free market economy, there has to be a role of government whereby the principles of competition and improved customer delivery, particularly in the public services, are defined and refined for the greater good of society as a whole - and that part-owned private companies can be structured to be liable to perform to this greater good.