The most important political battle in British politics is currently taking place in the Conservative party. There is, of course, also a political battle taking place in the Labour Party, but it is of a different kind. In the Labour Party, the party machine is being used to suppress the discussion of any radical ideas. In contrast, in … Continue reading Editorial 1 — Labour Must Exploit Tory Divisions
Thoughts on a High Wage High Skill Economy Dave Gardner Last month I wrote about the government’s desire to force most young people not doing A levels to do a new type of demanding qualification called the T level. They intend to do this by defunding vocational alternatives such as the BTEC level 3. I … Continue reading What Am I Going to do Next? Part 10.
EUGENIA RUSSELL explores how meaningful employment can be created for prisoners and ex-offenders (Morning Star 23/10/21) THERE are not many businesses that employ prisoners in a meaningful way, but those that do deserve to be known about and supported by the public. A prime example is The Clink charity, which equips prisoners with catering skills that will … Continue reading Where to get your photos printed
T levels: Reform and Disaster. The Bourbons of Vocational Education strike again. Dave Gardner. This month I was going to continue my discussion of the pros and cons of university education as a possible route to work for young people. That will have to wait until November because it is becoming apparent that a new … Continue reading What Shall I do next? – Part 9
Part 8 What shall I do next? University or Bust? Problems with mass university education. Dave Gardner Why attending a university is not necessarily a good thing for every young person and why society needs to limit it. Roughly 50% of all 18 to 25 year olds go to university. There is a clear path, encouraged … Continue reading What shall I do next?
Peter Brooke What do Mark Drakeford, Labour First Minister in Wales, and the two Labour Metro Mayors - Andy Burnham in Manchester and Steven Rotheram in Liverpool - re-elected in the North of England have in common, apart from getting the best results for Labour in the recent elections? They all signed up to Gordon … Continue reading Labour—A ready-made recipe for success?
Bevin’s speech to the House of Commons, 21 June 1944. [This is the speech that Ed Miliband refers to in his rejection of the March budget, see Parliament Notes. It lays down full employment as a priority: “In laying down that it is the primary responsibility of the Government to maintain a high and stable level … Continue reading Ernest Bevin’s speech to the House of Commons, 21 June 1944.
Parliament Notes - Budget Debate 9 March 2021 [This is Ed Miliband’s speech against the budget. His standpoint is Ernest Bevin’s speech in 1944 advocating full employment; this is the ‘Bevin test’. “We cannot build private sector success on the back of public sector austerity. The cuts of the last decade have made local services worse, … Continue reading Parliament Notes – Budget Debate 9 March 2021