Tag Archives: toby young

Your Saturday morning reader – 8 must-read articles

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices…

5 Years On: The Election That Never Was - Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former spinner-in-chief whose must-read blog is essentially a memoir-by-instalments, recalls the week in 2007 that turned the new Prime Minister from hero to zero.

Jimmy Savile: The birth of a paedophile hoax on “Have I Got News For You” - John Fleming recounts the curious tale of how some invented, ‘censored’ scenes achieved such wide currency on the internet, eerily anticipating the past week’s revelations.

A speech that, thankfully, will not be made

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , and | Leave a comment

Opinion: The grammar school debate – an opportunity for distinctiveness?

Alongside the news that the UK could soon see the establishment of ‘new’ grammar schools in Kent, Devon and elsewhere, and that Labour will be urging the Liberal Democrats to support them in blocking these plans, the Lib Dems should examine the implications – and adopt a distinctive stance – on this disagreement.

The debate has gone over the usual arguments. On one hand, the pro-grammar Telegraph columnists imagine swathes of potential Nobel Laureates and curers of cancer who will irrevocably have their talents and spirits crushed if compelled to attend a comprehensive school.

On the other hand, the anti-side quite rightly …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 18 Comments

Opinion: How much smaller would Labour’s cuts have been?

“Too far, too fast” – until recently you could scarcely switch on a TV without hearing Ed Balls repeating his four-word analysis of the coalition’s fiscal policy. It seems to be a line that Balls and Miliband are no longer sticking to. If I were to give them more credit for economic analysis than they deserve I’d speculate that this might be because they realised it is utter nonsense. More likely, their polling showed them that the public just weren’t buying it.

And the public would be right not to believe it, because, on a key measure, the difference between the …

Posted in News and Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 43 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarManfarang 18th Apr - 4:42am
    A draw I believe. Cricket is almost unknown here but Vichai owns the Foxes.
  • User AvatarManfarang 18th Apr - 4:20am
    David 1 The years of the post World War Two Labour government were noted as years of austerity. In fact in the early 1960s frequent...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 18th Apr - 3:33am
    matt from Bristol: "I don’t think it’s the LibDems (and even the current leadership) as such are iherently unpopular, the arch-unpopular party is the Tories,...
  • User AvatarDavid-1 18th Apr - 3:15am
    Austerity is not an economic remedy. It never has been about economics. It has always been a political measure. The point of austerity is vengeance....
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 18th Apr - 1:29am
    Plenty of Labour supporters are still in denial about Miliband. The only question is whether they will desert or defend as soon as he makes...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 18th Apr - 12:55am
    "Leanne Wood did well to pitch for a better deal for Wales from Miliband. He said it couldn’t be afforded. That’s another area where Nick’s...
Sat 25th Apr 2015