How to tackle the energy poverty crisis?

Image of snowy houses

What is the crisis? Charities and consumer rights bodies have warned that a 51% rise in the energy price cap planned for April will mean “people will be left unable to eat regularly or could even be at risk of death from the cold.” Proposals to respond to this hike include a cut to VAT…

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Making Private Equity Work for a Progressive Britain

Overleverage, short-termism and asset stripping must be countered with progressive policies Wielding record levels of cash, US private equity (PE) firms are bargain hunting in Britain, buying up more companies in the first six months of 2021 than ever before. The Conservatives champion ‘Global Britain’, however, they allow our assets to be sold to extractive…

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Could the Corbyn party win in North London?

Could Jeremy Corbyn win as an independent? Or will he just serve as a distraction to the fight against the Tories? The Daily Telegraph reports that Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour MP for Islington North, is contemplating starting a new far-left political party using the resources of the ‘Peace and Justice Project’ which celebrates its…

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (find out what it means for Labour.)

He’s less glamourous. He’s certainly quieter. But last month, a new voice gave Aretha a run for her money by calling for a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t. The people of Germany listened. Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new Social Democrat Chancellor and leader of a new governing coalition, defied expectations with his methodical and managerial approach to win power…

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Momentum says ‘stay and sulk’ — we say ‘stay and fight’

Latest momentum briefing reveals  the widespread chaos and confusion on the hard left Congratulations to Helen Morgan, emphatic victor in the North Shropshire by-election. The electorate’s revulsion at government hypocrisy was matched only by their sophistication in how to best register their protest. As in Eastbourne over Thatcher and poll tax, or Newbury, Eastleigh and Christchurch…

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Welfare reform: giving back to the people who have paid in

Labour can tackle both political and economic challenges through contributory welfare I am confident that most people who have knocked on a door in an election campaign and had a discussion turn to benefits or pensions, will have spoken to a voter who has said something like: – “I have paid into the system all my…

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The Rise and Fall of Johnsonism

Johnsonism has been a hard target for Labour to directly attack, but there are now signs that it is struggling. Labour has a chance to present a vision of the Britain where things aren’t “just about OK” What is Johnsonism? Following Rishi Sunak’s Budget, plenty of commentators felt they knew. The Chancellor had decided to…

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Britain must stop betraying refugees

The news yesterday of twenty-nine refugees drowning while trying to cross the Channel off Calais, in inflatable dinghies, to Britain, made me feel numb. It made me think of the victims, their hopes, and their last moments of struggle, and of their families who will never hear from them. But the feeling wasn’t unfamiliar to…

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Budget 21: Productivity politics

Rachel Reeves responding to the Autumn 21 budget

Yesterday was a far bigger budget than many in the know had expected. Analysis about what it all means for the economy is still trickling though from the Resolution Foundation, IFS and others as I write. On the day, there’s very little economics to be talked about as nobody really knows what’s happening until they’ve…

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