Pensions Day of Action

I am proud to be a union member today. The Day of Action showed that the unions are as relevant today as on 27 February 1900, when a massed meeting of unions spawned the Labour Party. Of course we expect the Tories to misrepresent public sector pensions, because the only way the Big Society will […]

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We’ve got a file on – me?

I was sent the following email during the recent Norwich South selection. Isn’t Data Protection a wonderful thing? The way it’s supposed to prevent important personal information from falling into the wrong hands, for instance. It’s rather ironic then, isn’t it, that New Labour were so appallingly lax during their time in office as to […]

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Why I fight for Labour

It is certainly true that I did my share of marching, picketing, and shouting as a youngster. I grew up in a country where we genuinely believed that young people would have to fight to have any future at all, and that real success would be for other people.  Thatcher’s Britain was a depressing place, […]

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Under One Roof

Making music can be positive, life-affirming, even spiritual. Having been homeless myself when I was young, I know that it’s often the opposite of those things. That’s why I was keen to help out with  a new idea  at ‘Under 1 Roof’, the Training Centre for people “in housing need” in Norwich. So last Sunday […]

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Ripping out the Green Shoots

The Tories’ 2010 general election slogan was ‘It’s time for a change’ and this has certainly been borne out in their time in government so far. People in Britain are losing their jobs; Energy prices are rising; University tuition fees have trebled; and The recovery has stalled. But these are just some of the most […]

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Bashing the Lib Dems

It’s certainly easy to bash the Lib Dems, their broken promises and their readiness to get into bed with the Tories.  But Labour needs to go further than simply criticising them, if we are to win the next election. It is certainly true that the Lib Dems haven’t covered themselves in glory so far. They […]

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Defending the Union Link

The relationship between trade unions and the Labour party has always had its difficulties, and it is not uncommon for Labour leaders to be met with criticism at union conferences as Ed Miliband was yesterday. But it is certainly true that the Labour party grew out of the trade union movement, and I think that […]

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Future Projects is charity based in the Marlpit Estate in Norwich, with a resoundingly practical programme of ideas to “inspire, engage, and support” its local community. It includes a recording studio, a community centre and a radio station – Future Radio. It was by giving an interview on the station that I first found out […]

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I was sent this the other day – I thought it was funny but made some pretty good points. Sorry if you’ve seen it before. At the checkout in the local supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The […]

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I appeared on the Daily Politics show on Wednesday, arguing that the Government should think again about cuts to the Housing Benefit system that will lead to 60,000 of the most vulnerable people in the Country being forced to leave their homes. The cuts are being made to benefits of people aged 25 – 35, […]

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