Michael Meacher: Ed Miliband moving Labour in the right direction

With the Labour Party conference in full swing, socialists and trade unionists will be seizing on every word spoken from the podium, looking for signs of what kind of government Miliband might lead. But one Old Labour MP who was in government with Wilson and Callaghan, and again with Blair as Minister of State for […]

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How Natalie Bennett will make the Green Party a radical national force

Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party of England and Wales earlier this month. The Third Estate talks to her about her priorities, the future of the party and how she hopes to make it a more radical and national force than ever before. Under the leadership of Caroline Lucas, the party’s first […]

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No more excuses Osborne, time to go

Following the news that the UK is in the worst double-dip recession for half a century, today’s hot trending Twitter topic is #OsborneExcuses. A few of my personal favourites include: SofiaE3 ‏@SofiaEfree I can explain: I hate poor and working people and this is class war. #OsborneExcuses Mark Bowler ‏@Charisma_Effect I heard he saw a […]

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Union leaders aren’t the paymasters of the Labour party, and it wouldn’t matter if they were

It’s no secret that things haven’t been great for the trade union movement in recent years, but sometimes it’s easy to forget quite how bad things are until you realise that so many apparently intelligent people in public life don’t even have the faintest idea of what they are or how they function. This was […]

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Whatever Hunt decides about Sky, it doesn’t look good for the Tories

This might sound a bit strange, but I’m prepared to bet that Jeremy Hunt really wishes Vince Cable had kept his mouth shut when he met those undercover Telegraph reporters. It’s because of that little indiscretion, of course, that Hunt has the responsibility for deciding whether Murdoch can acquire a controlling stake in BSkyB, and […]

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Lib Dems to Merge with Tories

The Liberal Democrats are set to merge with the Conservatives before the next general election. A lasting alliance between the two coalition partners has been the topic of some speculation since the Oldham by-election campaign kicked off and polls indicated the Lib Dems could barely hold onto second prize in a beauty contest with Jabba […]

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Nick Clegg in Control Orders U-turn

For all the Government’s many faults, one thing a lot of us could comfort ourselves with as the Coalition really got going was that at least they’d be better than Labour had been on civil liberties. They might be dead set on hacking chunks out of the State safety net for the poorest and most […]

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A Conservative-Lib Dem merger would be bad news for the Left

There have been growing mutterings recently about the prospect of the Coalition becoming an outright merger between the Tories and Lib Dems sometime between now and the next general election. I don’t know how likely it is – the prospect of strong resistance from rightwing Tories who take the same view as Fraser Nelson in […]

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Dear Lib Dems: Yes, we understand how coalitions work. You’re still hypocrites.

If you watch senior Lib Dems being interviewed about the education reforms – and in particular about the now-notorious pledge pretty much all of them made to vote against tuition fee increases – there’s a particularly irritating rebuttal which they all keep coming out with: basically, they’re suggesting that people attacking them for their hypocrisy […]

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Lib Dem MP Abandons Student Protesters

Early this morning 80 students from Cambridge University shut down the administrative heart of the elite University. Julian Huppert, Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, has responded: “But I cannot condone any action by students which results in them taking over property or breaking the law. I would appeal to these students to leave the university […]

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