Thursday, 8 October 2009

Left Foot Forward...

Excellent News! I have recently been invited to join the exciting new political blog 'Left Foot Forward' - a non-partisan blog for progressives providing evidence-based analysis on British politics, news and policy developments.

Left Foot Forward is focused purely on the quality of policies and furthering progressive goals, particularly:
  • A proactive and sustainable economic policy that creates jobs, pulls Britain out of recession and towards a low-carbon and more equitable future.
  • Public services that work for, and are accountable to, local people and leave no one behind.
  • Safe communities where poverty and inequality are tackled, and the victims of crime are put first.
  • A multilateral foreign policy to tackle climate change, poverty, nuclear proliferation, genocide, terrorism, and disease.
Below is an extract from my first contribution to the blog, entitled "Who can cut the hardest? The narrative firms up". You can follow
this link to read the article in full and to check out the rest of the site - it's full of excellent comment and analysis!

"Anyone listening to the Today programme this morning, as discussion began of the Conservatives’ plan to raise the retirement age, could be in no doubt as to how much the media consensus has firmed up behind a virility contest among politicians over who will cut ‘hardest’.

The BBC’s news-media team were clearly delighted to be able to start talking not just about where the ‘inevitable’ cuts had to fall, but about what things that people like (such as pensions, as opposed to bureaucracy or waste) politicians would now promise to cut, as reported earlier on Left Foot Forward.

Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror has described this as “macho politics”; and who can afford not to look macho? The agenda has been set: there must be massive public service cuts, and some at least of those cuts will cause real pain..."


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Excellent News! I have recently been invited to join the exciting new political blog 'Left Foot Forward' - a non-partisan blog for progressives providing evidence-based analysis on British politics, news and policy developments.

Left Foot Forward is focused purely on the quality of policies and furthering progressive goals, particularly:
Below is an extract from my first contribution to the blog, entitled "Who can cut the hardest? The narrative firms up". You can follow
this link to read the article in full and to check out the rest of the site - it's full of excellent comment and analysis!

"Anyone listening to the Today programme this morning, as discussion began of the Conservatives’ plan to raise the retirement age, could be in no doubt as to how much the media consensus has firmed up behind a virility contest among politicians over who will cut ‘hardest’.

The BBC’s news-media team were clearly delighted to be able to start talking not just about where the ‘inevitable’ cuts had to fall, but about what things that people like (such as pensions, as opposed to bureaucracy or waste) politicians would now promise to cut, as reported earlier on Left Foot Forward.

Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror has described this as “macho politics”; and who can afford not to look macho? The agenda has been set: there must be massive public service cuts, and some at least of those cuts will cause real pain..."


http://www.leftfootforward.org/2009/10/who-can-cut-the-hardest-the-narrative-firms-up/
http://www.leftfootforward.org

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