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Jeremy Corbyn at Norwich

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On Labour

May 14th, 2015

The two best articles I’ve read about the failure of Labour to win the election are linked below, the first by Patrick Wintour about Len McCluskey.

“Labour had no central theme, defining what it stood for. Something that could – as in 1945, 1966 and 1997 – unite working-class and middle-class voters around a vision for society.”

Labour did not lose election because it was too left wing says Unite chief

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Music – Erire – Dusk ‘Til Dawn

It was as the line of cyclists passed me, one of them pointing and laughing at my progress as I bounced along the footpath, that I wondered if I had chosen the right way of getting fit and losing weight.

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Having been reminded of one of my articles on housing and the Tories by people in the stats reading it this week I decided to take another look and revisit the links where necessary.  They’re all still valid and now perhaps more so given what we are about to face if he lasts five years. [See note at bottom * – Ed.]

From October 6th, 2011

Here are a few links I gathered together last year in 2010 on Cameron’s attitude to housing.  I’m loath to delete them so here they are (again) as a reference point of 2010 in politics and the Tory approach to those in need of a roof over their heads.

It seems quite apt to post them again given that the Tory conference 2011 has just finished and the only thing we’ve heard is the utter stupidity of widen right to buy.

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Cameron blog roundup

May 9th, 2015


This collection of links appears to have caused something of a minor flurry of interest, at least in proportion to the hits my blog normally gets. A few weeks ago I had a clear out of minor and link based articles from a few years ago which had Cameron’s name in and seemed irrelevant. Thanks to Google cache I’ve recovered them so for what it’s worth here they are in short order.

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The poisoned chalice

May 9th, 2015


Unlike Wilson losing his majority of three in the 1970s I can’t see Cameron losing twelve MPs in two years, although I’m not ruling it out. Between 1992 and 1997 John Major’s “21-seat Tory majority was gradually eroded by resignations as well as a string of by-election defeats, and by the turn of 1997 they were without a commons majority.” – Link

What I think is more likely is that for the first time in years the House of Commons will have 56 left wing MPs (up from 6) to make speeches in debates and give the Tories a much rougher ride than they’ve had from “Tory lite Labour” since 1997.

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UK election result 2015

May 9th, 2015


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I’m not on Twitter so I can’t tweet this but if you care about council housing and right to buy you ought to be aware of this article in the Daily Mirror. Heard through @gamecounsel

Why the SNP?

May 2nd, 2015

I read this letter by Andrew Brewer last night in the London Evening Standard (online) and it struck a chord. At last I understand clearly why the Scots will not be voting Labour. They’ve got more sense.


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Their politics are more progressive than we have had the benefit of South of the border for 35 years although I suspect just as many down here think left hence the #greensurge. The Scots still understand what left wing means, unlike the Labour party, and they are prepared to vote in favour of a party with left wing policies. If only @uklabour were more courageous they’d have my vote.

Link to referenced article:-

http://www.standard.co.uk/Matthew D’ancona

I disagree with D’ancona. It’s typical of the LES to employ columnists with those views but he underestimates the feeling in the rest of the country, outside London, and with regard to housing, inside London, for a wind that doesn’t blow from Eton.


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A clip I found by accident while changing channels on the TV one morning. A quick precis of 1950s architecture.

“Certainly for me understanding more about the history behind this architecture has given me a deeper appreciation and respect for their vision of a brighter tomorrow” – Jasmine Harman