Jon Trickett

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Devolution Is a Chance to Open Up Politics and Renew Our Democracy

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Britain is the most over-centralised country in the developed world. Regions are unable to promote economic growth and jobs, communities are unable to tackle challenges like crime or anti-social behaviour, and individuals have little control over the local public services they rely on such as health, street cleaning or libraries....

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Power and Authority Can No Longer Reside Exclusively in the Hands of the Whitehall Elite

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. So when something hitherto unforeseen happens, there are always those who claim they foresaw it. I am not one of them. Although I was the first MP publicly to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as leader I did not predict the subsequent events. Nor did the bookies....

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The Government Is Seriously Damaging the Voluntary and Community Sector by Continuing to Heap on Pressure

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Labour has long recognised the voluntary and community sector (VCS) as a vital part of our society, and indeed any civilised society. Clearly, not every service should be provided by either the state or private markets.

There are over 163,000 charities registered in our country and many times that...

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Economic Failures, Wasteful Spending and Inefficiency Show This Government Is Not Up to the Task

(6) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Ever since the General Election the Conservatives have attempted to brand Labour as the party which is known for wasteful expenditure. Similarly they have sought to represent their own party and the coalition government more generally as a highly efficient operation which is not wasting public money. This has been...

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Cameron's Shameful Civil Service Blame Game

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 5:56 AM

The coalition government have broken their promise to deliver a more efficient and effective government. At a time when the government is introducing a strivers' tax on hard working families it is absolutely astounding that they are continuing to spend millions on recruitment agencies whilst simultaneously paying out millions in...

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The Tories' Systematic Cuts Have Left the Big Society in Tatters

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Labour's historical and intellectual roots lie in the values of mutualism and reciprocity as a means of building social justice and strong communities.

It is self-evident in a complex society like ours that public services will be provided by a wide range of organisations from the central state in...

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The Tories Sink Deeper Into the Mire

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 7:44 AM

Arrogance, incompetence and now infighting; this is what has defined the Conservative-led government.

Brutally honest debates on the ConservativeHome blog give fascinating insights into just how badly things are going for the Tories. David Cameron is battling for the survival of his administration as a purposeful government with a...

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The Conservative Dilemma

(13) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Beneath the blue silk ties, Savile Row suits and faux bonhomie, tribal hatreds threaten to consume sections of the leadership of the Conservative party. Flashes of the venom occasionally spill over into the public domain.

Francis Maude allowed his frustration to show for an instant when he said: "The Conservative...

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The Turmoil Continues: The Aftermath of the 1922 Committee Elections

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 11:37 AM

The Tory-led government is unpopular, out of touch and presiding over a Downing Street-created double dip recession. You would have thought that they would exercise a degree of caution and perhaps pause to reflect before blundering on.

Yet the Tories continue to drive policies that the electorate clearly disagree with....

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Tories in Turmoil: The 1922 Committee Elections

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 3:11 PM

The 1922 Committee elections have given us a glimpse into the real turmoil the Tories are in. Behind the blunders and incompetence of an increasingly unpopular government, a civil war is waging on the Tory benches.

On one side are Cameron and Osborne. Desperate to influence the outcome of the...

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Cameron Blames Civil Servants for His Own Government's Blunders

(11) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 8:00 PM

They say a bad workman blames his tools, a bad manager blames his workforce and now we see a bad prime minister blaming his civil service for the mess of which he himself is the author.

On the front page of the Telegraph recently, the prime minister blames the "useless"...

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Three Scandals, No Bill - Why Won't Cameron Clean Up Politics?

(22) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 8:00 PM

The Queen's Speech provided further evidence of the 'omnishambles' which this Tory-led government has become.

No vision, nor purpose and no direction. This is the best way to describe the Queen's Speech.

In my own area of responsibility, it was frankly amazing that there was no bill to...

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It is Time to Reject Rule by and for the Millionaires in Favour of the Millions: Starting With Boris in London

(32) Comments | Posted April 29, 2012 | 8:00 PM

We now know from this week's Sunday Times Rich List that the billionaires are getting richer by the day whilst the rest of the country faces austerity and lengthening dole queues for the young. Shockingly, the richest 1000 gained an extra £155 billion in the last three years alone.


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