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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Jan 28, 2015

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Miliband won't win by telling voters how great New Labour was

newstatesman.com — The demand of John Hutton and Alan Milburn's piece in today's Financial Times is a familiar one: defend our record. Ed Miliband has frequently been charged by members of the last Labour government with failing to devote sufficient time to reminding voters of the achievements of that administration.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @TheStaggers: Miliband won't win by telling voters how great New Labour was, writes @georgeeaton bit.ly/1yNzQTo

Jan 28, 2015

RT @georgeeaton: Miliband won't win by telling voters how great New Labour was bit.ly/1yNzQTo

Jan 28, 2015

Miliband won't win by telling voters how great New Labour was bit.ly/1yNzQTo

In this week's magazine | The Class Ceiling

newstatesman.com — The Class Ceiling 30 January-5 February 2015 issue Stuart Maconie argues that a popular culture dominated by the privileged few is doomed to blandness, and cultural figures including Johnny Marr , A A Gill and Glenda Jackson ask if our society has become too posh.
Jan 28, 2015

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PMQs review: Cameron's "weaponise" charge throws Miliband off balance

newstatesman.com — Few PMQs in this parliament have been as brutal as today's. Ed Miliband led again on the NHS, Labour's strongest suit (and the issue that polls show is of greatest importance to voters), questioning David Cameron on his failure to save A&E units from closure.
Jan 28, 2015

My #PMQs review: Cameron's "weaponise" charge throws Miliband off balance bit.ly/1DgvGTT

Why do we care about anachronisms in films?

newstatesman.com — There's a frustrating solitariness to noticing temporal errors in movies, literature and art that elude most others. Just like the kid in The Sixth Sense who sees dead people, I - as, I imagine, are many others - am condemned to spot anachronisms. They're usually not terribly harmful to the narrative but they burrow into your mind and stay there.
Jan 28, 2015

"Like the kid in The Sixth Sense who sees dead people, I am condemned to spot anachronisms" newstatesman.com/culture/2015/0… #film accuracy matters

As Greeks pin their hopes on change, Syriza must stand firm against the country's elite

newstatesman.com — Less than 24 hours after the Greek electorate gave Syriza a mandate to end five years of austerity and begin what will undoubtedly be some of the toughest negotiations in the country's history, the man tasked with undertaking them seems unreasonably calm.
Jan 28, 2015

As Greeks pin their hopes on change, Syriza must stand firm against the country's elite newstatesman.com/politics/2015/…

Muslim attitudes and the Holocaust

newstatesman.com — Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. So I took the opportunity to write a "Thunderer" column (£) for the Times, entitled: "I am shamed by Muslim attitudes to the Holocaust". If you can't get behind the paywall, here are the crucial paras: We British Muslims prefer to wallow in vicarious victimhood.

“We aren’t dead”: the new Lib Dem president Sal Brinton on her party’s prospects

newstatesman.com — "Congratulations, damn it!" This is the note Sal Brinton's father, Tim, the former Conservative MP for Gravesham, sent with a bunch of flowers to his daughter when she was first elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in 1993. "Engagement in politics is more important than having rows in the family over what you believe in," Brinton chuckles after telling me this story.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TheStaggers: The new Lib Dem president on the election, Rennard, & why Clegg shouldn't have made coalition look like “marriage”: http:/…

Jan 27, 2015

RT @TheStaggers: The new Lib Dem president on the election, Rennard, & why Clegg shouldn't have made coalition look like “marriage”: http:/…

Labour can't escape its Blairite past on the NHS, so it should stop crying "privatisation"

newstatesman.com — As Labour centres its election campaign on the NHS, its record on the subject is coming under increasing scrutiny. Not only are the pressures on the Labour-run Welsh NHS casting doubts upon the party's trustworthiness on health, now its Blairite past is persistently coming back to haunt it.
Jan 27, 2015

RT @TheStaggers: Labour can't escape its Blairite past on the NHS, so it should stop crying "privatisation". By @AnooshChakelian bit.ly/1y3v0Oc

The triumph of the hive mind: why is gentrified London so sterile and dull?

newstatesman.com — If you are ever walking down Dartmouth Park Hill in north London on the left hand side, and if you are paying particular attention to your surroundings, rather than squinting down at your screen in order to discern what other people have had for breakfast (sorry, # brunch), you might just glimpse a fading piece of local history.
Jan 27, 2015

This is really good on the hastening sterility of London areas like my beloved Kentish Town - newstatesman.com/2015/01/triump…

Should we be sending the elderly to prison?

newstatesman.com — With more old people behind bars than ever before, British prisons are slowly turning into dysfunctional nursing homes with a few visitors and a crippling sense of despair. While research suggests that the cognitive abilities of a child are comparable to those of the elderly, should there be an upper age limit for criminal responsibility akin to the infancy defence?

The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters

newstatesman.com — By historic standards, the Labour left has been remarkable by its quiescence in this parliament. The anticipated split over austerity, as Ed Miliband and Ed Balls committed to strict deficit reduction targets, never materialised (in contrast to that of the Conservatives over the EU).
Jan 26, 2015

RT @TheStaggers: The Labour left demand a change of direction - why their intervention matters, from @georgeeaton bit.ly/1ykzO0n

Jan 26, 2015

RT @philipjcowley: This piece could equally be titled 'why a Labour majority of 30 is no majority at all': newstatesman.com/politics/2015/…

Jan 26, 2015

16 left-wing Labour MPs demand a change of direction - here's why their intervention is significant bit.ly/1ykzO0n

Why the TV debates would hurt the Lib Dems

newstatesman.com — For the Lib Dems, the 2010 TV debates were a boon. Although they couldn't sustain the dizzy heights of "Cleggmania", the party won a million more votes than in 2005, despite the fading of the Iraq factor and the close contest between the Conservatives and Labour (making it theoretically easier for the big two to squeeze them).
Jan 26, 2015

Why the TV debates could leave the Lib Dems looking irrelevant. bit.ly/1yVC0AR

Reducing tuition fees: is Labour about to propose a tax cut for the rich?

newstatesman.com — How do you spend £2.5bn? Few Labourites, one suspect, would advocate a tax cut that only favour the highest earners. Yet that is what the party will advocate if, as widely reported, it announces its intention to reduce tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 a year. The politics might be shrewd.
Jan 26, 2015

The problem is not how EdM rewards the rich, it is how he buys off student rage without rewarding the rich newstatesman.com/politics/2015/…

Robert Webb on Kate Gross’s Last Fragments: a beautiful act of resistance against cancer

newstatesman.com — Late Fragments Kate Gross William Collins, 256pp, £14.99 Kate Gross died on Christmas Day 2014 at the age of 36. She had worked as a civil servant - she was private secretary to Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown - and was the founding chief executive officer of the Africa Governance Initiative, a charity set up to provide practical advice and support to post-conflict African states.

Sneaking Snooper's Charter in by the back door is the best argument yet for abolishing the Lords

newstatesman.com — Today sees a debate in the House of Lords over a government surveillance bill - but not just any debate, though. It's going to feature some " outrageous trickery", in the words of Green peer Jenny Jones, thanks to the machinations of four peers late last week.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @NewStatesman: Sneaking the Snooper's Charter in by the back door is the best argument yet for abolishing the Lords. By @iansteadman newstatesman.com/future-proof/2…

"A decision for them": Ed Miliband's notably cautious reaction to Syriza's win

newstatesman.com — Ed Miliband has finally reacted to the news that the anti-austerity, left-wing party, Syriza, has won the Greek general election. His response to this big development for the left in Europe had been noticeably absent until around midday today, a long time after the outcome of the election was clear.
Jan 26, 2015

Miliband's statement on Syriza's victory: "Who the Greek people elect is a decision for them". newstatesman.com/politics/2015/…

The new Greek Prime Minister's first tweet after winning the election was to Hugh Laurie

newstatesman.com — Leaders across the globe have rushed to comment on the news that Syriza has won a historic victory in the Greek elections this weekend. In his first and only tweet since winning, at the time of writing, party leader Alexis Tsipras found only one of these online voices worthy of response.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @annaleszkie: i'm concerned alexis tspiras likes house so much he's started to believe that hugh laurie is a genuine actual doctor newstatesman.com/world-affairs/…

How can we make parliament more representative when we've scrapped the fund for disabled MPs?

newstatesman.com — In her spare room, Emily Brothers shows me a battered old Braille machine. It looks sturdy, like a toolbox, and weighs a tonne. "When I was ten, and losing my sight - well, it was 1974 and my dad was on strike," she says.
Jan 26, 2015

New by me: how can we make parliament more representative when we're scrapping the fund to help elect disabled MPs? newstatesman.com/politics/2015/…