It’s farewell to your centuries-old right to free speech today, after your Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs won their bid to get the Gagging Bill passed by the House of Lords. It won’t go back to the Commons because the Lords made no amendments.
While you, personally, will be allowed to continue complaining about anything you want, you will no longer have the ability to link up with others to protest government actions in any meaningful way as such action may breach Liberal Democrat and Tory government-imposed spending limits. Your personal complaints will be deemed unrepresentative of the people.
Read more here from Vox Political
Growth figures mean nothing if you live in part of the country that’s not growing. Rather than hyperbole over a national growth figure, we need regionalised figures to show how prosperity is unevenly spread.
via The New Statesman
London basks in economic boom, while Birmingham ‘punches below its weight’
Britain’s economic recovery is dominated by job creation in London, leaving cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool struggling to keep up, a major economic study has found.
Ten times as many new jobs are being created in London than anywhere else and the capital remains a magnet for young adults who are leaving other English cities in their thousands to seek employment there.
However, the study by the Centre for Cities think tank rejects any suggestion that London’s economic growth should be artificially restrained and recommends instead that the Government help the economies of Birmingham and other English cities to grow by devolving powers and budgets.
Read more via The Chamberlain Files.
Have you seen the Birmingham Mail today? My campaign wins fight to keep Hall Green libraries open http://bit.ly/1kGKdCU via @BirminghamMail
After Osborne’s announcement today this is definately worth another look…the hangover of austerity is not going to be felt the same across the income distribution…perhaps we should all be tweeting the following to Osborne?
@George_Osborne watch and learn – Mark Blyth on Austerity: http://youtu.be/go2bVGi0ReE
Clegg has now swung to indulge the Tories’ ever-more hysterical campaign on immigration, backing a crusade devised by the Australian spinmeister Lynton Crosby
As Owen states, Nick Clegg’s scapegoating of immigrants is his most unforgiveable Tory collaboration yet – Comment – Voices – The Independent. This must be remembered at the polls.
2014 has to be the year when left-wing populism flourishes – If you haven’t read this then please give up five minutes to do so.
via How Ed Miliband can harness the rights tactics to bring in a wave of left-wing populism in 2014 – Comment – Voices – The Independent.