This book tells you more about the demographics of party members than anything you will hear from the usual commentators.
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There is deprivation and lower educational attainment in the southern new towns, coastal communities, inner cities and rural coldspots.
Robert Halfon: This time round, let’s keep the schools open – and not risk an epidemic of education poverty
And if the Chief Medical Officer says that the situation is rapidly becoming much worse, and that urgent action is needed, who am I to argue?
Robert Halfon: We should be pro-private enterprise, anti-mega corporates – which plunder the taxpayer again and again
Plus: Let’s cut VAT on energy bill as soon as we leave transition – deal or no deal. And: first Ardern, then Biden?
Robert Halfon: Delivering social justice means feeding children properly. We’re not doing so – and we must.
The Government’s own calculations of welfare payments do not cost in the provision of a healthy diet.
Plus: by stealth, under the cover of Covid-19, Starmer is changing the Labour Party to one based on social democracy, rather than red-blooded socialism.
Robert Halfon: Seven education heroes of the lockdown. All credit to them for putting the interests of children first.
They followed the guidance from Sir Nicholas Winton: “if it is not impossible, there must be a way to do it”.
Support small businesses, focus on the skills deficit, have the public sector set a stronger example, and more degree apprenticeships.
I’m haunted by how media propagation of tribalism in Rwanda helped to desensitise people – and was followed by genocide.
Robert Halfon: Helping our friends and allies the Kurds, beacons of pluralism and democracy in the Middle East
They deserve more attention in our developing foreign and security policy – since the Middle East matters massively to global peace and prosperity.
Never underestimate the power of Labour. Its message of helping the underdog and the poor is enduring, still popular and extremely potent.
Robert Halfon: The Government was wise to give way to Rashford. Now let him head up the Social Mobility Commission.
Plus: vision from the top for left-behind pupils, a National Education Broadcasting Service, and Alan Turing summer schools.
Robert Halfon: There must be no tax rises for lower income voters to help meet the costs of the virus
No fuel duty rises, self-employed taxes, income tax rises, more taxes on food and drink – and the like.
Plus: Don’t force MPs who are sick or shielding back to Parliament, Jacob. And: let’s divert aid money to seek a vaccine.
Robert Halfon: Let’s not risk ending lockdown, the virus then claiming yet more victims – and having to impose shutdown all over again
I just think that it is better to be cautious for a few weeks more, be clear that we are over it, and are not risking a second wave now, or during the winter.