New figures released by the Trussell Trust show that the food bank charity provided emergency parcels containing three days food more than 600,000 times between April and December last year. This is more than in the whole of the preceding financial year.
The charity also released poll results showing that 70 per cent of voters want the government to take action on the issue of hunger, and that 50 per cent of families have cut back on food in the previous year in order to pay bills. Read More »
The public are more concerned about the Tory Party’s relationship with big business than they are worried about Labour’s relationship with the trade unions, according to a new poll by ComRes.
Almost half (44 per cent) of people questioned agreed with the statement that “the relationship between the Conservatives and big business is more of a problem than Labour’s relationship with the trade unions”, while 37 per cent disagreed. One in five (20 per cent) of Tory supporters agreed with the statement. Read More »
Rhian Johns is director of policy and campaigns at Impetus – the Private Equity Foundation
This week is National Apprenticeship Week.
Ordinarily I’m not a fan of naming days or weeks after specific causes, however I can certainly see the need to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of apprenticeships – especially given the high levels of youth unemployment in the UK today. Read More »
Dr Jimmy Aldridge is a campaign researcher and analyst for Greenpeace
At the end of 2013 the government voted down an amendment to the energy bill that would have placed a limit on the carbon emissions from our oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power stations. Their argument for doing this was that other measures were making the economics of coal unattractive which was naturally pushing coal off the system.
However, as the graph below shows, generation from coal has been increasing. Last year 44 per cent of electricity was generated coal – a 30 per cent increase on the previous year. Coal is not going away but has become our largest source of power. Read More »
It is encouraging that Boris Johnson is engaging with the complex ideas of radicalisation and extremism, but he has bumbled into the debate with some unhelpful statements and confusing suggestions that children at risk of radicalisation from their parents should be taken away by the social services. Read More »
James Bloodworth takes a look at the various positions of the fractious British left on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Labour shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has just delivered his response in the House of Commons to foreign secretary William Hague’s statement on the crisis in Ukraine. The statements from both sides were fairly predictable – both condemned Russian provocations – but the Labour foreign secretary was right to press the government on what action it plans to take in order to pressure Russia into pulling back from Crimea. This was especially important considering the revelations yesterday evening that the coalition is seeking to protect the City of London from any punitive EU action against Russia. Read More »
As was revealed yesterday evening, the Tory party is once again happy to prostrate itself before a foreign government for money. This time the government is Russia and the ostensible reason for doing so is the protection of the City of London from punitive EU action against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
Indeed, for all their condemnation of Ed Miliband for ‘weakness’ over Syria, the Tories appear more than willing to set their principles aside if the price is right. In the case of the Russian annexation of Ukraine it is damage to their beloved City that they are unwilling to countenance. Read More »