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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

If the House of Lords is a circus, a peerage byelection is the headline act

theguardian.com — As David Cameron has just appointed some 45 new peers, let's not forget another peer who is shortly to join their Lordships on the red benches. A Lords byelection must be the most bizarre in any legislature pretending to be democratic.

This leadership race is bigger than Labour: if Corbyn wins, Britain could be out of Europe

theguardian.com — It's all over: hens' teeth are commoner than senior Labour people who think otherwise. Candidates soldier on, but Labour folk of left and right pinch themselves to see if they might wake up from this dream/nightmare. As certain as elections ever can be, in just over two weeks Jeremy Corbyn will be Labour leader.
Aug 25, 2015

RT @guardian: This leadership race is bigger than Labour: if Corbyn wins, Britain could be out of Europe | Polly Toynbee trib.al/s16gKZP

Aug 25, 2015

RT @Gaz11: One of the best pieces on the risks that come from voting in Corbyn, by @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4bnfx?CMP=Sh… @louisetaft @kpopper

Aug 25, 2015

RT @sebkraemer: "Perhaps #Corbyn is a game-changer, but without Tory votes he needs to be a magician" @pollytoynbee gu.com/p/4bnfx/stw

Aug 25, 2015

RT @sebkraemer: "if being right was all it took to win elections, the Tories wouldn’t be in power" @pollytoynbee on #Corbyn gu.com/p/4bnfx/stw

Aug 25, 2015

"Whatever emerges next, there will be no return to the old party." @pollytoynbee on #Corbyn gu.com/p/4bnfx/stw

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‘It’s odd to see myself portrayed on stage. Smile more! Don’t be so grim!’

theguardian.com — I was astounded and flattered when British director David Byrne told me he was writing and directing a play, Down and Out in Paris and London, that intertwines George Orwell's famous 1933 book with my considerably less famous book, Hard Work, written 70 years later.

Cooper has taken on Corbyn, gloves off. Could this be a knockout blow?

theguardian.com — The Labour party is erupting. As ballot papers go out tomorrow, the number electing a new leader has tripled to an astounding 610,000. But they need to remember they are still a few straws in the giant haystack of the real electorate. Some infiltrators will be weeded out, but most newcomers are likely to be sincere Corbyn believers.
Aug 13, 2015

RT @guardian: Cooper has taken on Corbyn, gloves off. Could this be a knockout blow? | Polly Toynbee trib.al/DM5QSjK

Aug 13, 2015

So @pollytoynbee thinks public services such as NHS, roads & education 'won't be there' by 2020. Worth remembering! gu.com/p/4bfg8?CMP=Sh…

Aug 14, 2015

Cooper has taken on Corbyn, gloves off. Could this be a knockout blow? | Polly Toynbee gu.com/p/4bfg8/stw

Support the National Gallery strikes while they’re still legal

theguardian.com — National Gallery assistants go on indefinite strike today. Much of the gallery will be shut to the public, at the height of a tourist season. This dispute has been worth following - not just because a great national treasure has now been closed intermittently for 52 days and counting since the dispute started, but because outsourcing long-time loyal staff is the kind of ruthless treatment the government is urging in its trade union bill.
Aug 11, 2015

RT @guardian: Support the National Gallery strikes while they’re still legal | Polly Toynbee trib.al/EZofutA

Aug 11, 2015

RT @Bob__Hudson: The National Gallery, a microcosm of Cameron's nasty Tory England. @pollytoynbee has put me right off a visit d.gu.com/BpbPqc

Aug 11, 2015

RT @AnnajoyDavid: Support The National Gallery Strikes While They Are Still Legal. On point, from @pollytoynbee theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him

theguardian.com — Nothing about Jeremy Corbyn's surge suggests a blip. Few at Labour HQ, busy checking credentials of new signers, think people are flocking to sign up to vote for anyone but him - some 60,000 new voters as of Monday. JC is a phenomenon.
Aug 04, 2015

Free to dream, I’d be left of Jeremy Corbyn. But we can’t gamble the future on him | Polly Toynbee gu.com/p/4b86p/stw

Aug 04, 2015

Nigel Farage has backed Jeremy Corbyn while Polly Toynbee has just backed Yvette Cooper theguardian.com/commentisfree/…. This election, man

Aug 04, 2015

Superb Guardian debate on Corbyn. Toynbee on false hope: bit.ly/1IVjf7d Owen Jones on centre-left's failure: bit.ly/1DpnJAA

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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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Aug 31, 2015

@IainDale @TessaJowell Your support for her suggests I might be right: Sadiq is most threat to Tory candidate Zac??

Aug 31, 2015

RT @MP_RT: _RT_ TeamKhan2015: "Sadiq Khan is the radical Mayor that Londoners need" - hammersmithandy #TogetherWeKhan ift.tt/1fKmwsk

Aug 31, 2015

Sadiq Khan=best to beat Zac Goldsmith.Bus drivers son,human rights lawyer, fits anti-estab mood,not Dame(now Baroness)Jowell #TogetherWeKhan

Aug 31, 2015

RT @SadiqKhan: I met with @OwenJones84 to talk about how if you have bold & radical policies, you can win in London #TogetherWeKhan https:/…

Aug 31, 2015

@GarethSoye How do you trust motives/incentives of TaxPayers Alliance unless they reveal their secret backers?

Aug 31, 2015

RT @MaxCRoser: The speed at which information travelled From the great – and free – economics course by the @coreeconteam pic.twitter.com/A1GHxVoofG

Aug 31, 2015

@ConHome A pity the Taxpayers Alliance is so opaque about its own mysterious funding

Aug 31, 2015

RT @Independent: Mysterious wooden statue is thought to be 11,000 years old - the oldest in the world ind.pn/1X5MMPP pic.twitter.com/WD3h9T4SeK

Aug 31, 2015

RT @imajsaclaimant: Stuart is unable to feed or wash himself, yet DWP told him to prove he is unfit for work. bit.ly/1EsDOpC pic.twitter.com/ApcNxN8S7Q

Aug 30, 2015

RT @BBCPolitics: Former Labour voters prefer Yvette Cooper to fellow party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn, a joint Newsnight... bbc.in/1MT7EFh


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