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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker is The Verdict - Did Labour Change Britain?

The clamour to cut public sector pay is based on myth

theguardian.com — The hue and cry has begun: cut, cut and cut again. Where to begin? With the pay of the 6 million public sector workers, naturally. The head of the Audit Commission has called for a pay freeze across the board, which amounts to a real cut with inflation running at 2%.

Labour’s Harriet Harman says women will take on Tory party’s ‘reigning men’

theguardian.com — Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, has said women will hold the balance of power at the next election but warned that more than four-fifths of Tory parliamentary party seats will be held by men if they win all their 40 target constituencies and retain all their existing seats.

Ignore the flaws. For only Labour can beat the Tories

theguardian.com — Margaret Drabble says Ed Miliband has lost her vote. Seeing her jump ship shocks me, as Drabble over many years has been one the great chroniclers of the condition of Britain, her novels filled with women's struggles for fulfilment, wrestling to comprehend the social and political dysfunctions of our times.

For the sake of justice, this attack on judicial review must be resisted

theguardian.com — A great victory was won for prisoners last week. They will be able to receive books, contrary to the arbitrary and bizarre edict of Chris Grayling, the justice secretary, that the prison library should suffice. Thanks to a judicial review brought with the help of the Howard League for Penal Reform, not only justice, but common sense, has prevailed.

Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age

theguardian.com — Does this sometimes feel like a country under enemy occupation? Do you wonder why the demands of so much of the electorate seldom translate into policy? Why parties of the left seem incapable of offering effective opposition to market fundamentalism, let alone proposing coherent alternatives?

If the Green party wants to succeed, it needs to discover its dark side

theguardian.com — The problem with the Green party is that it is too nice. They don't hate, and if left-wing politics in this country needs anything it is a dose of rigorous hate. The Greens succeed despite this impediment. Their membership has doubled since January. They continue to rise in the polls, to 7% or 8%.

I’ve been loyal for 30 years - but now I’m leaving Labour for the Green party

theguardian.com — Last week, after over 30 years of being a Labour party member, I left - and joined the Green party. The events of that week were the final straw for me. It had already become clear that the Labour party was never going to recover from the poison of Blairism and return to being the radical campaigning force for social change it once was.

George Osborne the urban liberal knows the real battle is in his own party

theguardian.com — George Osborne's original plan was to get the economy back on track. The reality is more like a rail replacement bus service: it covers the route in a roundabout way, and not to the advertised timetable. Passengers wonder if the engineering works on the line will ever be completed.

Autumn statement: From pork-barrel politics to sleight of hand, here's what to expect

theguardian.com — A £2bn top up for the NHS. Investment in flood defences and new roads. A tunnel under Stonehenge. And perhaps a little something up George Osborne's sleeve for the big event itself. But don't be fooled. This is not a traditional autumn statement where the chancellor of the exchequer sprays the money around with abandon.

Economic dishonesty is the deadliest deficit of all

theguardian.com — Never - probably - in the history of political conflict will so many be misled by so few as in Wednesday's autumn statement. If the chamber had a polygraph and a Geiger counter to measure radioactive levels of untruth, the place would bleep so loud nothing else would be heard.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @Marthatoogood: Worth a look: Ignore the flaws,only Lab can beat the Tories @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4429e/tw

Dec 17, 2014

RT @tealtastic: Disgusting! These people need justice! @RednorthUK #ConDemNation "Too sick to appeal Atos decision. Died penniless. pic.twitter.com/AJ2KBamyki"

Dec 17, 2014

RT @RussellWhiTing: 55% of people say Tory cuts too far, while 61% want at least 50/50 tax rises/cuts. 14% no cuts, all tax rises theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @greggmcclymont: When Labour revealed pension rip offs Govt called it scaremongering. Read this & weep. @pollytoynbee @guardian_clark: h…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @KateGreenSU: Latest #DWP #PIP stats show 282,000 people still waiting for decisions on eligibility as #ToryWelfareWaste rolls on: gov.uk/government/upl…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @BenChu_: Another way of looking at fall in real wages under Coalition. Gap closed a bit in past 2 months but still well down: pic.twitter.com/nvTDr0ylgk

Dec 17, 2014

RT @KateGreenSU: #BedroomTax has hit 60k carers & 330k disabled people with average £14 weekly bill, £1,260 each to date. I'll be speaking …

Dec 17, 2014

Proportion of unemployed not claiming JSA rose from 37% to 51% since Oct 2013 when tough sanctions came in.#livingonthinair

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