No new era, but the sound of an elite sharpening its axe Print E-mail
Friday, 14 May 2010 14:30
The Cameron and Clegg show won't seem so cute once the cuts bite, but if Labour backs another Blair, it will fail to benefit

We are at the threshold of a "new era", David Cameron declared yesterday, in the rose-kissed dawn of a "historic and seismic shift" in British politics. It certainly looks like coalition politics could be here to stay, given the historic decline in support for the main parties. But any idea that the new Tory-Liberal Democrat government represents a challenge to Britain's power structure, or even a break with some of the most shopworn politics of the past decade, was swept away as the ministerial carve-up was revealed.

With Liam Fox as defence secretary, William Hague at the Foreign Office, George Osborne as chancellor and Michael Gove in charge of schools, you have a quartet of throwback enthusiasts for US neoconservatism unmatched in today's western world. For all the talk of the brilliance of the Tory modernisers' coup, the prospect of the new home secretary Theresa May – who voted against abortion and gay adoption rights – heading up the government's equalities agenda, or Iain Duncan Smith dragooning the sick and the jobless into privatised cheap labour schemes is a sobering measure of the new reality.

PR and AV are problems not solutions Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 June 2009 07:41

by Peter Willsman
Secretary of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy and member of Labour’s NEC.

The public’s disgust at the goings-on at Westminster is being exploited by the supporters of proportional representation (PR).  They are trying to suggest that the electoral system is somehow to blame and they put forward PR as a panacea to solve the problems.  New Labour is in a panic, and in their desperation to find something to take the heat off, many of its supporters are also opportunistically talking up the attractions of “electoral reform”.  All this ignores the convincing reasons why our Party has supported first-past-the-post (FPTP) for all these years.  It is because FPTP produces majority Labour governments.  People join Labour because they believe majority Labour governments offer the best hope for a progressive future.  In stark contrast PR means coalition governments and little or no chance of majority Labour governments.

No Love Lost For Labour's Hard Right Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009 15:35

The Guardian’s Comment is Free has published a contribution from Ken Livingstone this weekend on the situation facing the government. You can take part in the debate online by clicking here. If you are not already registered with the Guardian it’s quick and easy to do.
Ken's column is reproduced below.

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