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What lies behind UKIP’s success?

09 June 2009
The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) polled over 17 percent nationally in last week’s European elections, coming second to the Tories.

Open letter: Left must unite to create an alternative

09 June 2009
Labour’s vote collapsed to a historic low in last week’s elections as the right made gains. The Tories under David Cameron are now set to win the next general election.

Same old sleaze of the Tories

02 June 2009
The Tories are presenting themselves as the party of change – but some things remain the same.

The week in quotes

02 June 2009
"Look forward to receiving the money – shall then be able to spend it on lots of booze so that the forthcoming election goes in an alcoholic blur."Cariole Dennet, partner and parliamentary assistant to Tory MP Andrew Turner, in her submission for expenses

Electoral reform, crisis and the left

02 June 2009
After the Second World War the Labour and Tory parties completely dominated British politics, sharing around 96 percent of the popular vote between them. According to some opinion polls, they will be lucky to get more than half the total vote in this week’s European elections.

The perks of resigning

26 May 2009
A number of Tory MPs have graciously agreed to step down at the next election after acquiring fortunes in expenses.

The Tories: 'We needed the cash to deal with dangerous trees'

19 May 2009
The lavish lifestyles of the Tories are still emerging as the expenses scandal unfolds.


18 May 2009
Hypocrites, fraudsters, gluttons and thieves The ongoing MPs’ expenses scandal is in essence a reverberation of Labour’s outright capitulation to free market Tory ideology throughout its 18 years of opposition and 12 years of government.

How many Tories does it take to change a lightbulb?

12 May 2009
In the past aristocrats used to have serfs to clean their moats. For at least one Tory, it seems that nothing has changed.

Margaret Thatcher: architect of chaos

28 April 2009
Gordon Brown and David Cameron are vying to claim the mantle of Margaret Thatcher, the Tory prime minister from 1979 to 1990 who was elected 30 years ago this week.

Unite’s shadowy links with New Labour

21 April 2009
Sections of the Unite union have become further embroiled in New Labour’s attempts to set up a website to smear the Tories.

Does smear scandal trail lead back to Unite union?

14 April 2009
Attempts to set up a website to smear Tory politicians led to one New Labour spin doctor resigning last week and a fresh crisis for Gordon Brown.

How New Labour pandering has given Tories and bosses a boost

24 March 2009
Gordon Brown wants working class people to pay for the government’s growing budget deficit by cutting pay, slashing jobs and axing services.

The ‘nasty’ Tory party shows its true colours

06 January 2009
David Cameron has torn up his pledge to back Gordon Brown’s spending plans that were drawn up in response to the recession. The Tory leader now says he wants tax cuts for traditional Tory voters, more privatisation and cuts in public spending.

Labour’s nasty attacks on benefit claimants

09 December 2008
Labour and Tory politicians have been falling over each other to prove that they are the toughest on those who claim welfare benefits.

Damian Green, the police and civil liberties

09 December 2008
How should socialists react to the immense furore over the police arrest of Tory frontbencher Damian Green and search of his parliamentary office and home?


02 December 2008
Why didn’t Darling hit the ‘wealth creators’? A Tory MP was wheeled out on BBC News 24 last week to tell us that Alistair Darling’s plans to increase income tax on the super-rich by 5 percent would "only" raise £2 billion.

Whistleblowers and the right to the truth

02 December 2008
A group of heavily armed anti-terrorist police raid a house and, for a change, it is met with criticism in the media. The reason is that the raid targeted a Tory MP, Damian Green, who was arrested for conspiring to get government leaks from a civil servant.

Pre-budget report: When balancing books no longer matters

25 November 2008
The Tories and the Murdoch press are crying out that Britain will face bankruptcy in a few years thanks to Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling’s supposed extravagance in this week’s pre-budget report. They claim our children’s future is threatened.

Tax the rich to fund jobs and services

18 November 2008
Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron have been bickering about tax cuts in the run-up to Monday's pre-budget report. Brown says he plans a "temporary and affordable fiscal stimulus" to cushion the blows of recession.

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