Yesterday, Health Secretary Andy Burnham wrote an article
for the Guardian aiming to set out the clear blue water between Labour and the Conservatives on the National Health Service. In doing so, he inadvertantly demonstrated quite how vapid Labour's vision for the NHS really is. It was summed up in one sentence:
For Labour, it all comes down to defending the N in NHS.
Writing on Comment is Free today, Vince Cable argues
There is now a compelling case for a high pay commission to measure the claims of top earners that their rewards are justified and necessary, even if they offend natural justice and our sense of fairness.
Britain increasingly resembles one of those developing countries whose economy and society are dominated by internationally mo
The debate in the us about healthcare seems to be getting increasingly insane
, with Obama being compared to Hitler, Sarah Palin spreading lies about "death panels" and assorted nonsense. A repeat of the debate in the early 1990s when the Clintons attempted to introduce healthcare reforms of their own was to be expected, but this debate is decidely more wacky.
One interesting side aspect of this debate has bee
Yesterday, obscure fact fans, was the 98th anniversary of the first Parliament Act
*. The Parliament Act 1911 came about because of Asquith, Lloyd George and Churchill's 1909 'People's Budget' which proposed paying for, among other things, the first state pension with a rise in taxation aimed mostly at the most wealthy - and in particular proposed establishing a land tax.
The landed gentry wouldn't stand for that and, having control of the
Both Sunder Katwala
and Grant Shapps
are quite wrong: not only is local variation a price more than worth paying for local control, but it would end the phenomena of postcode lotteries.
"Postcode lottery" is a
Steve Webb MP will be amongst those responding to Jon Cruddas at the Compass Summer Lecture on the future of Social Democracy.
On the one hand with the crisis of capitalism and the systemic failure of free markets, coupled with the election of Barack Obama in the United States, centre-left politics is getting far more interesting and it would seem that the opportunity for seismic change is greater now than at any point for a generation, indeed some including Compass have called this