I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as I heard Jack Straw trying to explain why Mr Corbyn was wrong in arguing for People’s QE to build faster broadband networks and more homes. The problem for Mr Straw – and many others – is how do you persuade people that buying gilts with newly created money is just fine, but buying something else of more potential economic value is not?
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are not interested in the compromises required to win an election
Given the obscurity of the Government’s intentions, the opacity of EDOs and the over-reaching habits of the police, the question must be asked.
Gordon Brown issues coded warning against dangers of a Jeremy Corbyn victory in Labour leadership contest
The former Prime Minister did not mention the left-wing frontrunner but pressed the issue of electability
Predicting things is hard. But the urge to know what will happen next is too strong to be deflected by the quietism of ‘whatever will be, will be’
We’ve made a huge mistake
Right to buy emerged last week as a boon to private landlords. The crisis seems to worsen week by week
Tony Blair’s cavorting with a right-wing billionaire mired in scandal epitomises what the Labour party is now trying to leave behind
Often the reforms are going further than anything that Margaret Thatcher achieved.
This Government is delivering the prosperity and security that Britain needs
There’s hardly an industry or a part of the world that isn’t counting on China to keep growing strongly. Soon, that could be a big problem
The next leader must grasp that Labour needs to champion ordinary Britons’ creativity, not their hapless dependency
Or rather, it needs an effective, lively and responsible opposition. Only Labour can provide it. She is its last remaining hope in this leadership election.
The Conservatives are naturally very much enjoying the Labour leadership contest, and are starting to make use of it in the press, with Matt Hancock warning that Jeremy Corbyn would cost every working household £2,400. It’s the sort of thing the Tories were doing in the general election, slapping often rather arbitrary price tags on Labour’s policies, but Corbyn does make it rather easier for these attacks to gain purchase with voters.
There are signs that the recovery is slowing, which is all the more reason for No 10 to hold its nerve
The insurgent has breathed extraordinary life into the Labour leadership race. The party must harness the energy he has unleashed, while choosing a chief who can govern and win
We want to believe, and at the moment Corbyn is giving people something to believe in. Maybe that’s good enough
Deciding who can become a citizen of a country and who cannot, and deciding who is welcome as a visitor and who is not, is fundamental to that country’s sovereignty. Most UK voters wish to live in a democratic country where the government they elect and influence decides the policy on migration, asylum seeking and visitors, and enforces it at the borders.
We on the liberal Tory centre-Right must take apart the money-tree assumptions of the Left. But we must also turn on the voices of the populist Right.
Will David Cameron really consider staying on as Prime Minister for the 2020 election as well? Ever since the Sun on Sunday reported that some of the Tory leader’s colleagues were agitating for him to continue, there has been feverish speculation about whether he will.
Labour’s next leader. Cameron’s successor. And why both will fail without the support of their parties’ MPs
The presumption of Tory members in our own coming contest should be to vote for the person who has won the most backing from the Parliamentary Party.
Whoever they may elect as their new leader, it’s clear that we Conservatives must be ready to fight the battles of the 1970s and 1980s all over again.
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