Parliamentary sketch 28th Jan – Weaponising the NHS and a major incident

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor I remember being at school and being caught throwing some chalk at a fellow pupil (that shows my age and level of rebelliousness). I denied it even though I had done it and everyone knew I’d done it. The more they asked the more I refused to take the blame and the worse it got. Well that is what happened to Ed today. It isn’t the initial problem, it’s the lying that makes it worse....

Earning Poverty; An Open Letter to Stuart Broad

By Jack Peat, Editor of The London Economic    On Tuesday afternoon England and Nottinghamshire cricketer Stuart Broad sparked outrage by Tweeting about the so-called privileged position of people on the minimum wage in Britain. The problem with statistics, as Zoe Williams of the Guardian soon pointed out, is that you can use stats to prove anything if you’re willing to haplessly discount good sense and judgement; the minimum wage in Gabon is £3,672 but a suburban one-bedroom flat there...

FRACKING: Government faces public rejection despite U-turn “victory”

By Elsa Buchanan, International Politics Correspondent  A Tories U-turn vote on fast-track fracking is being dubbed a ‘huge victory’, but campaigners say now is not the time to celebrate. The government made a major U-turn on plans to fast-track UK fracking after accepting Labour proposals to tighten environmental regulations on Monday (26 January). Campaigners welcomed the changes, describing the vote as “mark a huge loss for the fracking industry”. “This is a win for the people-powered anti-fracking campaign,” said Martin...

I vowed never to be a bystander

By Ben Gelblum Remembering the work of pioneering refugee human rights advocate Helen Bamber She helped the orphans of the Holocaust rebuild their lives. Then later, the tortured, broken survivors of Pinochet, the Argentinian junta, African and Middle Eastern conflicts, and a modern British approach to refugees that "disbelieves, destitute and detains" them. Emma Thompson led tributes to her close friend and advocate for victims of torture, the late Helen Bamber at a packed St-Martin-In-The-Fields in Westminster yesterday. Thompson, fellow...

A future Kurdish state is inevitable; the West should support it

Written by Max Bluer Since at least 2011 it has been clear that the break-up of the modern state of Iraq into its constituent ethnic territories is a distinct possibility, one only strengthened by IS and their dramatic gains across the region. Although many in the Western world have been fretting about the break down of the artificially imposed borders of the contemporary Middle East, the historical reality is that Iraq has always been a fractious and divided country. Its...

Boris Johnson Fails to Confiscate the Revolution

London Mayor Boris Johnson has removed fencing on Parliamentary Square that had been erected to block Occupy Democracy's access after a successful appeal by Liberty and Occupy Democracy. The Mayor has backed down after a judicial review was launched against Johnson and the Greater London Authority arguing the fence is an illegal interference with their right to protest based on the 2012 UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly which states that 'the exercise of fundamental...

Cristina Kirchner: Nisman did not commit suicide

By Elsa Buchanan, International Politics Correspondent   Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the president of Argentina, has said that she does not believe that prosecutor Alberto Nisman committed suicide, as new findings raise questions over his death. Nisman, who accused the Argentinian President and members of her government of colluding with prime suspects Iran to cover-up the investigation into the bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 in 1994, was found dead on Sunday in what appeared...

“No-go zones”: Paris Mayor to announce lawsuit against Fox News “as soon as next week”

By Elsa Buchanan, International Politics Correspondent  The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, will announce whether her complaint against Fox News about Muslim "no-go areas” will be filed in a French or American court as soon as next Monday (26 January). The Mayor is moving forward with her lawsuit, despite Fox News calling it "ridiculous". “Anne Hidalgo was clear about her decision to sue Fox News, and we will have finalised the terms of the lawsuit before the end of this...

Do the Conservatives Have a Long Term Plan for the 7-way Leaders’ Debates

By Bill Lytton What is Cameron's plan now there is a seven-way leaders' debate? “It is pretty disreputable that David Cameron went in to the 2010 election saying these debates were the most important thing that we could possibly have, people shouldn’t make feeble excuses to get out of them and he is doing precisely that. He is running scared from these debates.” That’s Ed Miliband’s analysis of the situation, given on the Andrew Marr Show some weeks back. And,...

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