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Coalition’s Welfare Reforms Will Hurt The Poorest

In Jonny Roberts on October 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

Duncan-Smith doesn’t want to hurt the poor but Osborne will force his hand, says Jonny Roberts. Read the rest of this entry »

Castro’s Quieter Revolution

In Jonny Roberts on September 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Jonny Roberts asks what is Fidel up to at the moment? And how should we direct British foreign policy towards him?

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Just how left should New New Labour pitch?

In Jonny Roberts on September 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

Tony Blair says Labour need not move a millimetre from New Labour or face electoral suicide. He may be right…but Jonny Roberts doesn’t think so. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Business Society

In Jonny Roberts on August 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm


Moving the burden of socio-economic responsibility away from the state and on to the markets, says Jonny Roberts Read the rest of this entry »

Gordon’s revenge and Clegg’s betrayal

In Jonny Roberts on August 12, 2010 at 10:09 am

By Jonny Roberts

How will history view the recessionary period 2008-2010? Indeed, who knows when the recovery will be complete? As things stand you’d be forgiven for imagining Gordon Brown’s premiership will be remembered as a total flop and David Cameron and Nick Clegg will be remembered for forging the first successful post-war coalition in British politics. That works but only if the recovery works – the budget slashing, capital cuts and reduced corporation tax serves its intended purpose of balancing Britain’s books and bringing in growth all while Gordon Brown sulks in Scotland writing books about how he saved the world and was repaid with a boot in the bum from the British electorate. Read the rest of this entry »

Elected police commissioners is another hypocrisy

In Jonny Roberts on July 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

By Jonny Roberts

More and more it becomes clear that on the three big public services the Lib Dems don’t get a say. This coalition is Conservative-led on education, health and police and Lib Dem supporters will have to like it or lump it. Read the rest of this entry »

Does “New Politics” Really Involve Localism?

In Jonny Roberts on July 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

By Jonny Roberts

Local Government Minister Eric Pickles has been active in bringing politics to the people, especially in his chairmanship of the Conservatives during the election

The coalition claim to love localism but their reforms are destroying Town Halls, not Whitehall, and leave the case for regionalism wide open. Read the rest of this entry »

Labour needs all these leaders

In Jonny Roberts on July 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm

By Jonny Roberts

I decided I was backing Ed Miliband in the Labour leadership campaign a few weeks ago, since then i’ve thankfully been reassured by his performances in the media and hustings. I’ll explain more on why I think Ed is the right man to sit atop the party pyramid later but for now I want to share a thought that dawned upon me in the past few days – Labour doesn’t need just one of these five, it needs all of them.

Whoever wins I hope they are wise enough to offer a place in their shadow cabinet to the other contenders (and I hope they are humble enough to accept). After a opening few weeks that were, frankly, as dull as watching people watching paint dry, the campaign for leadership seems to have sprung to something resembling lively as the candidates appear to have realised that just as ‘I agree with Nick’ didn’t work for Gordon, ‘I didn’t agree with Gordon’ wasn’t a particularly great line for them to each spew out. Suddenly policy has become the subject of the leadership race, each contender sharing their core ideas across a variety of subject areas. Read the rest of this entry »

A Chaos Theory

In Jonny Roberts on June 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

By Jonny Roberts

A few days ago a very strange feeling hit me. I turned on BBC News and there appeared Tony Blair. As someone who is dismayed to the core of his soul to call David Cameron the Prime Minister of his homeland this was a, albeit seconds-long, welcome jump back to the 2005 and before. For those who didn’t catch it; Blair was being interviewed in his capacity as Middle East Envoy for the ‘Quartet’ of the UN, EU, Russia and the US (which by my reckoning means the 27 European nations, Russia and US get twice the representation?). As Blair has been called in to try and sort out this utter mess in Gaza it struck me that back in 2005 when Blair left office we may have been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan but the world seemed more stable. It should be noted at this point – I do not credit Blair much for this, this is observation on a nasty seismic global shift that would prove beyond even Alistair Campbell’s inflated view of the former Prime Minister’s powers.

I’m not sure if it’s the global economic meltdown that has seasoned the feelings of international chaos but things certainly seemed more stable in the middle of the last decade. Terrorism had rocked the world at the beginning (in 2001 and 2003) but that all seemed to be coming from one place – Afghanistan, or so we were told and so happy to believe. Now, looking across the pages of the more globally-minded newspapers war, division and chaos seem to reign as much as they did in my early childhood where I hated my parents watching the news – why interrupt the tales of mutant pizza-loving ninja turtles to watch people being blown apart in a place called Yugoslavia or see sights of Irishmen walking away from rubble, faces covered in blood. Children shouldn’t have to see these things. I fear its time to put the kids in the other room again. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex-workers need support – not ‘tuts’ and ‘sighs’

In Jonny Roberts on May 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

By Jonny Roberts

The alarming case of murdered prostitutes in the news at the moment, echoing the Ipswich murders years before, is bringing out some ugly feelings amongst the British public. The response from many is to express sadness at this tragedy but quickly move on, uncomfortable to stick on a subject that centres on such a taboo as women who offer their body in exchange for money. An even worse response comes from a few who mutter about these women ‘asking for it’ by taking the decision to enter prostitution.

Its always dangerous to stereotype and indeed many women selling sex in this country do so because they know they can earn a pretty good wage from a task that takes up much less time than 40 hours a week in a mainstream job and every now and then can even be relatively enjoyable. However we cannot escape the fact that many, quite probably the majority, of women who engage in prostitution (or ‘escorting’ as our society demands we call it to make it more acceptable) do so because they find themselves unable to cope with financial problems whether this be simply covering rent as they cannot get another job they would prefer or dealing with spiralling debts from two decades of British society’s laissez-faire attitudes to credit or worse, from the cost of drug addictions – addictions which of course hold them back from engaging in the aforementioned ‘mainstream’ employment.

With the terrible story of these poor women in the news at the moment now is the time for our politicians, and indeed our media and society, to stop pretending this industry doesn’t exist or making villains out of the women who engage in it when they do recognise its existence. The time has come for a full debate on how best to find and support the women caught in debt, drugs or other problems so bad that prostitution is their only alternative by ensuring an amnesty to all sex workers thus taking away their fear of turning to police, health and social workers etc. It is also the time to debate legalising the formation of so-called ‘co-operative brothels’ where sex workers would be able to operate in safety instead of the street.

There’s a long way to go to sort out all of society’s problems that lead women to desperately engage in prostitution but this is a moment for change that begins supporting those who have fallen into these situations.