Trades Unions

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Why Liberty are right to work alongside the police

Shami Chakrabati, of Liberty

Shami Chakrabati, of Liberty

Liberty have come under attack from various left-wing groups for working with the police. Sean McHale offers his defence of Liberty.

Liberty, the independent campaigns organisation which seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone has been under attack over recent months from a series of left-wing groups (including Fitwatch and Network for Police Monitoring) who hold Continue reading

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One penny to join the Labour Party: How it went wrong for New Labour

1p

The value of Labour Party membership

Labour’s inducement to military veterans to join for a measly penny is the epitome of Labour’s loss of identity and desperation for popularity by any means. Chris Smith argues that the Labour Party can only be saved by an honest figure such as Tony Benn who has clearly defined beliefs and principles; someone who knows that the Party should stand for the working-classes.

The Labour Party has announced it will be offering party membership to military veterans for just 1p. The move is intended to capitalise on growing disillusionment with the Tories among the Continue reading

What purpose do scandals serve in Britain?

Scandal

Why do we love a good scandal?

One thing you can guarantee about life in Britain is that there will be a good scandal soon. Chris Smith explores the peculiarly British need for a scandal. 

Observing the current scandal engulfing News International expand day by day, along with debate in the media about whether life as we now it will ever be the same again, the thought occurs: Why in Britain have we seen scandals affecting numerous different sections of society? What does this tell us about modern Britain as a whole?

The first large scandal I can remember is the Iraq war; the dodgy dossier, the death of Dr David Kelly and the Continue reading

The Two Nations: The private sector vs. politically motivated unions

Easy for you to say, Bob

‘Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets,’
Benjamin Disraeli – Sybil or the Two Nations 1845

In 1845 Disraeli wrote about the Two Nations when describing the state of society within England and the dreadful conditions of the working classes compared to the relative prosperity of the upper and middle classes. Today we again have a case where Britain is divided between two groups, the public and the private sectors, who it would seem are as ignorant of each other’s lives as the classes described by Benjamin Disraeli in 1845. Continue reading

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