Nick Cohen: Labour members are “in despair” of trying to unseat Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Observer’s Nick Cohen isn’t Lynne Featherstone’s biggest fan: “I cannot tell you how much I dislike this stupid, two-faced and dangerous politician,” he writes affectionately in The Spectator. He later labels her a “menace”, a “hypocrite”, and curses her “wittering” (I wonder if that’s a verb he’s ever applied to a male politician, by [...]

Nick Cohen: Labour members are “in despair” of trying to unseat Lynne Featherstone

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Observer’s Nick Cohen isn’t Lynne Featherstone’s biggest fan: “I cannot tell you how much I dislike this stupid, two-faced and dangerous politician,” he writes affectionately in The Spectator. He later labels her a “menace”, a “hypocrite”, and curses her “wittering” (I wonder if that’s a verb he’s ever applied to a male politician, by [...]

Today’s Link-Love: January 22, 2013

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Obama's inaugural speech: The full text – NBC Politics It’s interesting: no Brit politician would make a speech like Obama’s http://buff.ly/YiWa6D And if they did the media/public wd prob hate it. Hail (…)

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Benefits Uprating Bill: Steve Webb’s arguments FOR

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

I have posted here the arguments delivered by Andrew George and Charles Kennedy against the Benefits Uprating Bill, the third and final reading of which was passed last night. Steve Webb, the Lib Dem pensions minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, summed up for the Government and responded to their arguments. Here are [...]

Benefits Uprating Bill: Andrew George and Charles Kennedy’s arguments AGAINST

by Stephen Tall on January 22, 2013

The Government last night won the vote for its Benefits Uprating Bill, with the third and final reading passed by 305 votes to 246. A fortnight ago, six Lib Dem MPs voted against or abstained from the Coalition line that benefits rises should be capped at the same rate as public sector pay (a below [...]



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