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The economy: lying to justify cuts

15 September 2009
‘Voters back Tories to cut public spending", screamed the Sunday Times this week. A YouGov poll shows that people want public spending cuts rather than tax increases, Rupert Murdoch’s paper claimed.

Zeal for ‘reform’ means attacks on public services

08 September 2009
New Labour and the Tories are engaged in a desperate bidding war to see who can slash the most from Britain’s public services.

'Easy-council': Tory councils are a testbed for cuts

08 September 2009
Would you like your local council to be run like budget airlines Ryanair and Easyjet?

A generation betrayed by New Labour

01 September 2009
Mass youth unemployment has returned to Britain in a way not seen since the worst days of Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government of the 1980s.

Thatcher can teach us

04 August 2009
The 30th anniversary of the Tories coming to power in 1979 has provided few consolations, except for the fact of Thatcher’s imminent demise.

Drastic cuts? British parties turn to the Canadian option

14 July 2009
A meeting that may be a sign of things to come took place in London a few weeks ago. Two former Liberal government bureaucrats from Canada – Jocelyne Bourgon and Marcel Massé – met with leading British Tories and senior civil servants.

The week in quotes

30 June 2009
‘You go into an election pretending you are not going to have to make spending reductions, then you have to make them, and then you really do have riots on the streets’Tory leader David Cameron on Labour’s spending plans. The Tories are demanding withering cuts immediately

Even censors can’t hide extent of expenses scandal

23 June 2009
Gordon Brown promised we are entering a "new chapter" in British politics with the election of Tory MP John Bercow as the new Speaker of the House of Commons.

Cleaners demand respect at City Hall demo

17 June 2009
Around 25 cleaners and their supporters lobbied Tory mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall in London today to demand that he fulfils his promise to guarantee the London Living Wage of £7.60 an hour to all cleaners working on Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) contracts in the city.

Second day of tube strike even more powerful

11 June 2009
Tube workers in the RMT transport union responded to Tory mayor Boris Johnson and management’s bluster by ensuring that their strike had an even bigger impact on its second day.

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.

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