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Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor. Her latest book, with David Walker, is Cameron's Coup, following on from The Verdict

This was the week the Labour leadership contest turned nasty

theguardian.com — Corbyn fever has gripped the Labour leadership contest, amid warnings that they teeter on the verge of civil war. Suddenly the party that has been a reasonably friendly coalition through the Blair, Brown, Miliband years, begins to feel like the poisonous place it was in the early 80s.
Jul 23, 2015

This was the week the Labour leadership contest turned nasty – @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4bv56/stw On twitter, it's getting nasty too.

Jul 23, 2015

RT @commentisfree: This was the week the Labour leadership contest turned nasty – @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4bv56/stw

Jul 23, 2015

RT @guardian: This was the week the Labour leadership contest turned nasty | Polly Toynbee trib.al/gQ9wCjH

Jul 23, 2015

RT @NancyHasSense: Choosing an unelectable leader will betray the disadvantaged! Says @pollytoynbee We need deftness #Labourleadership gu.com/p/4bv56?CMP=Sh…

Jul 23, 2015

RT @MsJBrady: As always @pollytoynbee spot on, choosing an unelectable leader is an insult to all who need a Lab govt gu.com/p/4bv56/stw

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George Osborne’s assault on welfare must not go unchallenged

theguardian.com — They walk on air, for now. This government can say and do whatever it damn well pleases, with Labour awol until it has a leader. And George Osborne has just pulled off an outrageous betrayal of the cohorts of over-65s who gave the Tories their victory, yet nothing has happened.
Jul 21, 2015

George Osborne’s assault on welfare must not go unchallenged, says @PollyToynbee gu.com/p/4azm8/stw

Jul 21, 2015

RT @imajsaclaimant: George Osborne’s assault on welfare must not go unchallenged | @pollytoynbee bit.ly/1fj4jSQ

Jul 21, 2015

RT @JDale1994: @PollyToynbee exposes #Tory lies and exaggerations about welfare. From @Guardian gu.com/p/4azm8/stw

Jul 21, 2015

RT @oybat: "Watch out too for that word “unsustainable”. It’s Tory-speak for anything they don’t want to sustain" @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4azm8/stw

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As Lib Dem leader Tim Farron will have the luxury of being an outsider. It’s different for Labour

theguardian.com — Tim Farron will take over the leadership of the Liberal Democrats today - barring a highly unlikely upset. Is it a poisoned chalice, leading a pathetic cohort of eight MPs and a party that lost two-thirds of its members and voters? Not at all, to hear Farron speak.
Jul 16, 2015

RT @commentisfree: As Lib Dem leader Tim Farron will have the luxury of being an outsider. It’s different for Labour @PollyToynbee gu.com/p/4ayky/stw

Jul 16, 2015

RT @oliviavinden: I really agree with @pollytoynbee (first time for everything) Labour needs to get its act together theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

What have young people done to Osborne to deserve such contempt?

theguardian.com — Why are the young caught in the cross-hairs of this government? That will mystify future social historians. Most societies talk of them as "our future", to be nurtured and encouraged, but in yesterday's budget, yet again they were pursued in a special vendetta of dislike, bordering on disgust.
Jul 09, 2015

'Most societies talk of them as our future, to be nurtured. So why's Osborne monstered the young?' @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4ag7n/stw

Jul 09, 2015

"A special vendetta of dislike, bordering on disgust..." @PollyToynbee, on Osborne's contempt for young people gu.com/p/4ag7n/stw

Jul 09, 2015

What have young people done to Osborne to deserve such contempt? | Polly Toynbee gu.com/p/4ag7n/stw

Jul 09, 2015

What have young people done to Osborne to deserve such contempt? | Polly Toynbee gu.com/p/4ag7n/stw

Jul 09, 2015

RT @DavidGWrigley: Read this wonderfully written article by @pollytoynbee and weep. 5 more years of this ahead of us. Truly awful theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Budget 2015: the verdict from our writers

theguardian.com — Still bathing in the glow of the Conservatives' unexpected election success, George Osborne is now determined to repeat his newly vindicated tricks during the old parliament in the new one. At the dawn of the Coalition, in his first budget in June 2010, the new chancellor established one convenient untruth: that the great recession had been caused by Labour's wild way with spending.
Jul 08, 2015

Not content with merely beating Labour, Osborne wants to nick their clothes – then club them to death. Me on budget theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Jul 08, 2015

Budget 2015: the verdict from our writers | The panel gu.com/p/4afgf

Jul 08, 2015

Osborne "merciless", "squalid" & also "progressive". Choose yr Gdn writer, chse your adjective. Broad church! theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Has the right learned to love higher wages? Don’t fall for it

theguardian.com — This is what blue revolution looks like. Wednedsay's budget liberates George Osborne and David Cameron to be themselves. Now they can complete Thatcher's mission, doing what she never dared. Early disguises are shed, so there is nothing stealthy about their intent.
Jul 07, 2015

RT @david_conn: Must-read piece by @pollytoynbee explaining how tomorrow's budget expected to cut tax for the rich & hammer the poor http:…

Jul 07, 2015

RT @david_conn: Must-read piece by @pollytoynbee explaining how tomorrow's budget expected to cut tax for the rich & hammer the poor http:…

Jul 07, 2015

RT @NancyHasSense: Low paid need a 26% pay rise to replace tax credits. Will this happen in a blue heaven? @pollytoynbee excoriates! gu.com/p/4adzm?CMP=Sh…

How the badly maimed BBC can stand up to parasitic Sky

theguardian.com — The BBC wins again. In the Christmas ratings war, the BBC trounced the competition as it always does. A pointless silly-season contest, but it's a national reminder that Britain's good broadcasting comes thanks to Lord Reith's legacy. Some dud programmes are the necessary price of any risk-taking creative endeavour, but well outweighed by three glorious hours of Great Expectations.
Jul 05, 2015

RT @katie_khan: BBC: every £1 of the licence fee puts £2 into the economy. Sky: every £1 in Sky subscriptions, only 90p stays in the UK bit.ly/t2W0F6

David Cameron abolishes poverty, just like that

theguardian.com — "We can make British poverty history, and we will make British poverty history," said David Cameron back in 2007 - and he's done it, just like that. Wave a magic wand, he and Iain Duncan Smith are abolishing child poverty as we know it.
Jul 03, 2015

RT @MichaelH14: "David Cameron abolishes poverty, just like that" @PollyToynbee poignant on Cameron's mendacious sleight of hand gu.com/p/4aazp/stw

Jul 02, 2015

RT @DanSilverSARF: "As an issue, poverty is to vanish, no longer a target or a word in the Conservative lexicon." | @pollytoynbee theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @ann_obyrne: The sheer mendacity of Cameron – to be poor from now on will mean to be in need of correction, not cash @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4aazp/stw

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The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology

theguardian.com — Groping for British emblems to bind together an ever more diverse and fissiparous society, politicians struggle to find cultural and emotional social glue. Make your own list from the Queen to Glastonbury, but overwhelmingly people put the NHS and the BBC right up there near the top, deep-dyed into British DNA.
Jun 30, 2015

RT @mediaguardian: The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology | Polly Toynbee d.gu.com/BMqkWH

Jun 30, 2015

The BBC costs £12 a month, Sky on average £47 - no wonder Mr Murdoch wants this public service slashed says @guardian gu.com/p/4a8fm/stw

Jun 30, 2015

RT @Williamjones00: The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology, by @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4a8fm?CMP=Sh… @TamsinLisa

Jun 30, 2015

RT @alvarezhdo: @pollytoynbee: "The BBC is under threat because its success challenges market ideology" gu.com/p/4a8fm

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The Guardian auditions for Top Gear - video

theguardian.com — With new Top Gear host Chris Evans making an open call for audition tapes in his search for a presenting sidekick, Guardian columnists Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, George Monbiot and Zoe Williams decided to apply to the revamped BBC show. Do any of them have what it takes to replace Clarkson, Hammond and May?
Jun 29, 2015

Polly Toynbee, Owen Jones, George Monbiot and Zoe Williams sef parody in the name of Top Gear theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/v…

Jun 29, 2015

Those humourless lefties... Toynbee, Jones and Williams audition for Top Gear. Funny. theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/v…

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Aug 02, 2015

RT @RichardDDelaney: Rehearsals done. Moustache in place. Time to preview. #DownAndOut, combining #Orwell's novel & @pollytoynbee's HARD WO…

Jul 25, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: IoS front page "exclusive" - EU referendum to be held in June next year pic.twitter.com/trXCvQLakI

Jul 25, 2015

RT @MSmithsonPB: Politics junkies ought to thank LAB for providing all this political entertainment during the holiday season.

Jul 25, 2015

RT @MarkReckons: Why didn't Labour have a rule that you can't vote in the leader election until eg you've been a member for a year? Wd have stopped entryists

Jul 25, 2015

RT @HichamYezza: "There is no “purity” but compromise in any party broad enough to win an election." @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4bv56/stw #Labourleadership

Jul 23, 2015

@jruddy99 @labourmatters Surely a Tory MP should blush to open their local food bank?

Jul 23, 2015

RT @mikenstuff: @YvetteForLabour @pollytoynbee @YvetteCooperMP I think Yvette Cooper is the unity candidate, uniting working and middle class interests.

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