Poverty and job insecurity are more strongly associated with support for UKIP than migration
The media has made much of an immigration stand-off between David Cameron and retiring EU Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso.
With an eye on the Rochester and Strood bye-election, Cameron has put forward some vague-sounding suggestions to limit EU migration.
Barroso has responded by arguing that attempts to limit the free movement of people within the EU would also certainly be illegal.
UKIP must be delighted, as the argument backs their position that only a British exit from the EU can control migration. Read More
For too long Labour has taken Scotland for granted. It is now paying the price
That a party that has been defeated at the polls spends time pondering what it stands for and what it’s ‘offer’ to voters is not new. Indeed, in many respects it is a good thing – an opportunity to take stock, understand why voters rejected them and change accordingly.
To be undertaking such an inward analysis just months before a General Election and in the wake of a win at the polls would be a sign of panic and desperation. That however, is the position that Scottish Labour now finds itself in. Read More
When the European Commission president agrees with David Cameron his views are ‘definitive’
The Tories have been quick to dismiss comments made by the outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that the UK would have ‘zero’ influence if it decided to quit the EU.
According to the BBC, a No 10 source said Mr Barroso ‘should be under no illusion that the status quo is not acceptable to the UK’.
Barroso also said that without agreement from all EU countries on changes to EU migration rules, the prime minister’s plans to curb EU migration could be illegal. Read More
Attention is now focused on the fallout from Hunt’s policy rather than where it should be – on coalition education policy
It is genuinely difficult to fathom what was going through Tristram Hunt’s mind when he decided that a Hippocratic oath for teachers was a good idea.
This proposal was apparently inspired by a trip to Singapore where teachers swear their commitment to the profession in a ceremony which involves the presentation of a symbolic compass, directing them “to provide a sense of moral purpose and virtue to young people”.
This oath, said Hunt, would stress “the moral calling and the noble profession of teaching” and thus help to “elevate” the status of teachers. Read More
The political energy released during the referendum campaign is focused on inequality during Scotland’s Challenge Poverty Week
Trade unions and the wider civil society have come together this week in a series of events culminating in a march and rally in Glasgow on Saturday. The aim is to highlight the damage inequality does to everyone in Scotland and provide a space where new ideas can be debated and developed.
UNISON Scotland’s contribution includes a report on the impact of austerity on Scotland’s public services and the staff who deliver them. Creating decent work and providing dignity for those who cannot work is at the heart of the battle against austerity and tackling inequality. It makes economic sense and this report demonstrates why. Read More
In Glasgow, 40 per cent trusted the SNP most compared to 16 per cent who said Labour
The SNP and its leader to be Nicola Sturgeon are the party most trusted in Scotland to deliver further powers for the Scottish Parliament, according to new polling published today.
The findings, collected by TNS, who surveyed 993 people aged 16 and over, reported that 37 per cent said they trusted the SNP to deliver the extra powers for Holyrood the country wants, compared to just 15 per cent who trusted Labour, 8 per cent who trusted the Conservatives and 1 per cent who trusted the Lib Dems. Read More