Hard-right chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (2010-6) used the 2008 financial crash to reduce some British welfare payments. His ideological austerity programme was combined with political pragmatism. Child Benefit, which is paid to mothers as a tax free sum, was a universal benefit which Osborne felt was inefficient. Osborne recognised that child benefit was

“On the day that Theresa May triggered article 50, YouGov published a survey of the things people would like brought back after Britain has left the EU. Top of the list was the death penalty, with 52% of those who voted to leave wishing to see its return. Other things that leavers were keen on

Putin knew that “there were bound to be some growing pains,” a source close to the Russian President said. “But geez.” Source: Putin Starting to Wonder If His Puppets Are Smart Enough to Pull This Off

Labour could slump to 140 seats in the next general election, the Fabian Society warns today in a landmark report. The non-factional group, affiliated to Labour, says the party is too weak to win a general election – whether held this year or in 2020 – but that it is unlikely to be replaced as

Leadership Debates 2016

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The Labour party’s pursuit of fairness, equality and justice continues. Source: Leadership Debates 2016

Source: Owen Smith, Not Jeremy Corbyn, Gives Labour the Best Chance to Win in Essex

Labour and the left teeter on the brink of disaster. There, I said it. I’ll explain why. But first, it has become increasingly common in… Source: Questions all Jeremy Corbyn supporters need to answer — Medium

Jeremy Corbyn will remain on the leadership ballot, a judge has ruled today. A High Court judge concluded the NEC had been “correct in law” to allow Corbyn to appear on the leadership ballot automatically. The ruling means the incumbent will not now need to gain nominations from 51 MPs and MEPs, as his challenger Owen Smith has

He is far from perfect. But at a time of existential crisis, when power structures are being turned upside down, Corbyn is the only choice that makes sense Source: I’m backing Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader. Here’s why | Clive Lewis | Opinion | The Guardian

If Labour is to have a future it needs to deploy its new members into genuine community organising Source: Mass membership alone doesn’t make a social movement | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

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