now…” explained Winston Churchill, in his famous Zurich speech on the 19th September 1946, 75 years ago today.
At the end of September the Labour Party will gather in Brighton for its first face to face conference in two years. Eighteen months after they elected Keir Starmer as leader, he will have his first chance to address the membership in person. This year the conference will have the largest ever number of motions on a single subject — proportional representation (PR). So it is likely to be debated. In the last year, over half of all constituency parties have passed motions in favour of electoral reform, and 144 have submitted motions calling for conference to adopt it in principle as party policy.
To express an opinion that you will not find much here or elsewhere in the media, I think the appointment of Nadine Dorries as Culture Secretary is a masterstroke. Boris Johnson could not better have signalled his and his Cabinet’s utter contempt for those on the other side of a culture war they have largely created and inflamed.
There are more than half a million children in the UK who are destitute, and in some parts of the country half of all children live in relative poverty.
75 MPs have signed a motion calling for the Prime Minister to be stripped of the power to decide whether ministers have lied.
Open letter to North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker: “Surely it should be a criminal offence to encourage and help people to avoid paying taxes the government imposes and relies upon in order to fund public services, defence and policing?”
In an interview blunder, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson mixed up rugby player Maro Itoje with football player Marcus Rashford.
A perfect storm of Brexit and Covid-19 has led to an estimated workforce reduction of one million jobs to the UK economy.
“If my customer tells me instead of taking 300 pigs this week he’s going to take 150, very soon I’m going to get into the position where I have to emergency slaughter. Because I can’t stop my sows having babies.”
Ministers claim the Elections Bill will “protect democracy”, but opponents fear it threatens the integrity of UK elections.