I keep hearing and seeing  people saying “Labour just want to give everyone free stuff.” Let’s briefly take a look at this. • Good Education for all benefits all of us and leads to greater prosperity for everyone; • well funded health ensure that all of us benefit, being happier, more productive, and living more… Read More


The government’s minister for Food has been urging us to eat our left-overs and pay more attention to how we store food to keep it longer. He says that during these times when most people’s budgets are squeezed, due to depressed wages and rising prices since the start of the financial crisis, we should adopt… Read More


“Ideas are more powerful than guns.” Tony Benn, August 2007 The working class of the past were very aware of philosophical thoughts and argument. They came from a system of education and a society in which thought was valued just as much as employable skills. Men down the working mens clubs might not use high academic language, but… Read More


There’s a rather poignant piece from Tony Benn on the Margaret Thatcher he knew in today’s Guardian: “Margaret Thatcher was a very powerful, rightwing force in society. She followed her beliefs and had clear objectives. Her policy was to reverse the trends in modern politics that were made possible by the trade unions being legalised. She… Read More


She was the Prime Minister of my childhood. She was Mrs Thatcher. Or Maggie. It all depended on the context. But was she certainly a ‘Mrs.’ It felt as stern and cold as she was. Or seemed. Because out of nowhere, she would suddenly exude the vulnerability of a woman, the pride of a mother,… Read More


‎”The root of socialism is democracy, and only a society that is truly democratic could also become truly socialist.” ‘Socialism? Socialism is a democratic idea. The most socialist thing we ever did was the most popular thing we ever did, the NHS.’ “It is a social-ism. It’s about trying to construct a society round production… Read More


People on these schemes often get no expenses. They have to work between 2 months and 6 months, and in some cases two years. Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) minister Chris Grayling has indicated that the two-year referrals will ‘loop’, meaning claimants could be on the programme indefinitely. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) defines… Read More