Author Archives: James Bloodworth

MigrationWatch: a short history of spin, shoddy statistics and downright dishonesty

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MigrationWatch don’t ‘talk truth to power’. They tell it exactly what it wants to hear: that it’s all the fault of the immigrants.

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Five reasons we need a stronger recall bill

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The ‘power of recall’ doesn’t really give constituents the right to recall their MP.

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It isn’t just child poverty that limits social mobility; inequality does too

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The side of social mobility that no politician will talk about: making rich-but-dim children downwardly mobile.

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Until recently the Tories said Jose Manuel Barroso’s views were ‘definitive’

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When the European Commission president agrees with David Cameron his views are ‘definitive’.

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Labour has a working class problem

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What do the Middleton and Heywood and Clacton by-elections tell us about the Labour vote?

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Big questions for Boris in light of fireworks ticketing fiasco

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Despite prior warnings about ticket touting, little was done to stop widespread abuse.

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Inequality: where Labour really did ‘crash the car’

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It isn’t just wealth that concentrates; opportunity does too.

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Labour must address its weaknesses

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It isn’t enough to be half competent, polling well on some areas but poorly on others.

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The Conservatives’ plan to scrap the Human Rights Act will be applauded by dictators around the world

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Chris Grayling’s proposals are a calculated move to win over UKIP’s growing constituency of angry little men.

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Tories refuse to rule out VAT increase

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As well as hitting the poorest through a freeze on working-age benefits, the Tories may also be planning to hit them again with a hike in VAT.

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