On the Benefits of a Universal Basic Income

By Chris Fielding.

I have always been slightly curious about the concept of a Universal Basic Income, and if it would be a beneficial amendment to our welfare. After some considering, I think it might be, for both economic and social reasons. As I am not too sure that everyone is familiar with the concept of a Universal Basic Income, let me explain it. The basic core of the idea of the idea is that the Government would issue a check to everyone that would cover the basic costs of living. This would be issued irrespective of the person’s income and social position. Continue reading

Our Opportunity

By Roger Neville.

The Labour Government under Tony Blair started so well with the reforms and policies highlighted in earlier blogs. However New Labour, and especially Blair morphed into a Thatcherite view of the world and I believe felt that that view was the only way to cling on to power. Power as a goal in itself is unworthy and I believe that the contrary view is what has appealed to the many new members of the Labour party since Jeremy Corbyn’s involvement in the leadership hustings a year ago and since. Blair’s policies became increasingly Thatcherite or Torylite. His policies on housing, tax and trade unions did nothing to overturn the inexorable drift towards the unequal society we have today where the rich, including him, get richer and the poor, particularly the very poor, get less and are blamed for their own predicament. And of course the worst legacy he left the Labour party was his support for the “neocon” Iraq war; a legacy not only for Labour but for the whole world which will last for many more years. Continue reading

Corbyn set to lose Labour its status as official opposition

By Dave Bodimeade.

Many Labour members may think Parliament doesn’t matter but, under Corbyn, Labour has ceased to be a functioning opposition party. No amount of new members can make up for the lack of people on Corbyn’s front bench. Around half, yes half, of 100 front bench posts remain unfilled. These aren’t non jobs like Shadow Minister for Paper Clips. Instead they relate to many of the crucial issues that the party holds dear – Europe, Children, Schools, Pensions, Older People, Mental Health, Disabled People, Climate Change, Women & Equalities. On all these issues Labour lacks a shadow minister to hold the Tories to account. So the Tories can do and say what they like because no Labour shadow can respond to them. Other shadow ministers try to cover the vacancies but are continually stretched in every direction. For example, Paul Flynn has been elevated to the front bench at age of 81 and, for his pains, is shadowing both the Leader of the House and the Secretary of State for Wales. It’s rumored that, should another reshuffle be needed, Beryl, the Labour Party tea lady and Tiddles, the Labour Party cat, are in line for new and interesting roles. Continue reading

Ex Corbyn supports embarrassed they voted for him

By Dave Bodimeade.

I am losing count of the number of Labour members who have deserted Corbyn, having voted from him last year. Aubrey Allegretti of The Huffington Post interviewed four members who’ve come to their senses. One even says ‘I’m ashamed I played my part in electing someone who may well be the man to destroy the Labour Party.’ Here are Aubrey’s revealing interviews from 23 July 2016. Continue reading

Change is coming, and it’ll be glorious!

By Neil Martin.

…but you wouldn’t believe it if you read the papers or watched TV. According to research done by The Independant, 75% of our press coverage on Jeremy Corbyn; Labour’s democratically elected leader (need I remind you, elected with one of the hugest mandates in history), misrepresents him. I like stats, so here’s another – between 15% and 20% of articles about Jeremy Corbyn, published in the Sun, Telegraph and Express constantly associate him with terrorist groups. Don’t forget anti-Semitism either – not a day goes by when there isn’t someone coming out of the woodwork to bang that drum. Now, as a non-practicing Jew, I find the way in which my race is being used as a political football to score goals against a man and more importantly a political movement I wholeheartedly support, to be deeply offensive. And so do these Jews. Continue reading