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Labour Gives Up

July 24, 2014

It didn’t get that much publicity but last weekend saw the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum agree the party’s basic policy positions for the next election.  Yes there is the conference to come in the Autumn but it has been a good long while since it mattered a jot.   What came out of that Policy […]

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Week 7: Prat – George Osborne/Danny Alexander/Ed Balls

February 16, 2014

This week’s prat award goes to the three key treasury spokesmen for the main political parties – George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls for their Scottish independence referendum bullying tactics by telling Scotland: “Vote for Scottish independence and you lose the pound.” What we saw last week was the unedifying spectacle of George Osborne […]

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What the 50p Tax Rate Meltdown Tells Us

January 29, 2014

On Sunday Ed Balls made a speech to the Fabians.  Its primary message concerned Labour’s commitment to run current account surpluses by 2020 and, as a result, for the national debt to start to fall.    This has hugely significant (and from my perspective at least, pretty depressing) policy implications. I will write further about these […]

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Week 49: Prat – Ed Balls

December 8, 2013

This week’s Prat Award goes to Ed Balls, and his stumbling response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. I quite like Ed Balls. He is one of those rare politicians who appears to be a relatively normal human being. He has a wide ranging hinterland away from politics – in particular, his love of music and […]

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Week 26: Prat – Ed Miliband & Ed Balls

June 30, 2013

This week,our award for the persons acting the greatest prats over the last seven days sadly goes to the Leader of the Labour Party and the Shadow Chancellor On Wednesday, George Osborne announced his slash-and-burn Spending Review for 2015/16, shaping the decisions for the 2015 budget just before the next general election.  144,000 public sector […]

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Labour: The Tory-Lite Party

June 5, 2013

After this week’s policy announcements from Labour on tax and spending and welfare, we are now beginning to work out Labour’s vision for government. 1. A future Labour government would not reverse the coalition decision to withdraw child benefit from higher rate taxpayers. 2. Labour would accept the current spending plans for 2015-16, to be […]

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Labour’s Economic Policy: Ed Balls Shows He Is ‘Very Serious’

June 4, 2013

This is not a compliment, by the way. Ed Balls’ announcements yesterday that Labour would keep within George Osborne’s spending restrictions in its first year in office, if it wins in 2015 and its decision to scrap winter fuel payments for older pensioners, are disastrous in substance and every bit as bad in terms of the raw politics. […]

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Tories and Blairites Unite: The Strange Story of The Warring Eds

August 27, 2012

Yesterday The Independent carried a column by their regular political columnist and Tony Blair biographer, John Rentoul, entitled ‘Forget Dave and George.  The Real Story is The Two Eds’. Rentoul’s piece is curious indeed.   He first refers to the ONS upgrade of the Q2 GDP figures from -0.7% to  ‘only -0.5%’,  implying that this is […]

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The Pathetic Smallness of George Osborne

July 6, 2012

One of the things that has become abundantly clear since the LIBOR fixing scandal broke is just how ill suited George Osborne is to the position in which he finds himself; just how petty and pitifully lacking in political judgment he is.  What the last week has revealed is that he is little more than […]

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Krugman on Labour: ‘Like Them Only Less So’

May 30, 2012

Last night the great Nobel Prize winning economist (and favourite on these pages), Professor Paul  Krugman was speaking at our alma mater, the LSE, to promote his new book, End This Depression Now! (a book I have on order but haven’t read yet).    Irritatingly I left it too late to get tickets but any regular […]

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Why is Labour picking the wrong fights?

January 18, 2012

I can understand what Ed Balls was trying to say. I think. I can understand what Ed Miliband is trying to say. Sort of. Balls’ decision to renege on a Labour promise to oppose the cuts in public sector pay, was justified by him on the grounds that in the current climate of cuts to […]

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Where are the Labour Party?

November 18, 2011

In a week when unemployment rises to a seventeen year high; when youth unemployment rises to over a million; when growth forecasts are downgraded to 1%; when George Osborne sold off a nationalised bank for a song – where was the opposition? Where was the people’s party? One would hope that the Labour Party would […]

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Labour and the Tobin Tax

November 5, 2011

In his Financial Times interview earlier in the week, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams endorsed the idea of a financial transactions tax.    At the G20 summit Wolfgang Schauble, the German Finance Minister and Nicolas Sarkozy both underlined the determination of the Eurozone to go ahead with a Tobin tax whether or not the rest […]

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Labour Conference Special: Ed Miliband Is Weird

September 28, 2011

Yes he is.  He has that odd stoop as if he is apologising for his own existence.  He has those strange eyes that Steve Bell used to draw with death rays and now draws as a panda.  The eyes, with that really slow blinking make him look like an alien from a 50s Sci Fi […]

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Miliband, Balls – WAKE UP!

September 9, 2011

This week saw the first Prime Minister’s Question Time since before the Summer. Since the last time Cameron and Miliband drew swords across the Commons, the economy has gone from dire to desperate. Unemployment rose in August by 38,000 to almost 2 and a half million, the highest since the early nineties. Growth for the […]

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Economic Policy and Phone Hacking: Is Ed Miliband Finding His Feet, At Last?

July 9, 2011

We’ve not exactly been restrained on these pages about Ed Miliband’s performance over the last couple of months.  Indeed Ray in particular has been so critical that Tories have taken the time to underline how much they agree with what has been said by posting lengthy comments.   The Conservative supporting press and Tory bloggers like […]

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Ed Miliband: Dancing Like It’s 1994?

June 26, 2011

Tony Blair liked nothing better than giving the party he led a kicking.  He was always lecturing the Labour Party on how it needed to change, on how its ideas were outdated, how it was not organisationally fit for purpose.    Some of this was understandable after the dark days of many of the Labour Conferences […]

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Week 24: Hero – Ed Balls

June 19, 2011

                                                      This week’s Hero of The Week Award goes to….Ed Balls MP Labour had a good week last week.  That is not a sentence I have been able to write very often in the 13 months since the last election.  Ed Miliband made a well received (if, in my view, strategically unwise) speech on Monday and […]

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Are Labour’s Pains Temporary?

March 28, 2011

Two weeks ago Labour was consistently polling in the mid-40s and had extended its lead over the Conservatives to between 8-11 points in the polls.  With government approval ratings at -30% and the personal approval ratings of David Cameron in negative territory (as well as the almost Gordon Brown-like approval ratings for Clegg) things were […]

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… and another poll…

March 12, 2011

Jackie posted today about a couple of significant polls – one showing that Labour’s lead over the other parties is still a very healthy one and another poll showing that in Wales the Lib-Dems are facing the possibility of meltdown at the Welsh Assembly elections. But, there was another poll released earlier this week that […]

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The People’s Flag Is Deepest Brown

January 22, 2011

Alan Johnson’s shock departure and the subsequent reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet results in the Leader, Deputy Leader and three leading Shadow posts (Balls, Cooper, Alexander) all being former Brownites. Sure, wee Douggy Alexander was a backer of David Miliband rather than the Eds and had become more distant from his former master, and Blairites […]

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Don’t say I told you so!

January 21, 2011

Bloody hell!!! I don’t know what to say! Suddenly we at Allthatsleft have taken on mystical qualities – in the last week we have called for Andy Coulson to resign, and seriously questioned the ability of Alan Johnson in the brief of Shadow Chancellor. And lo and behold in the space of twelve hours they’ve […]

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