The commentators 03-02-15
...on UK politics
What Labour is floating on university funding sounds like an unworkable policy based on a soundbite, which would leave a costly black hole in delivery. We looked in forensic detail at proposals like Labour’s and found that, in practice, they simply don’t work.
- Vince Cable, The Guardian
What if the polls are right and the SNP trounce Labour? This opens the potential for a Labour/SNP coalition government that does not have a majority of seats or votes in England. What mechanism can be devised to stop them imposing laws and additional expense on England that the English do not want?
- Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph
The Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that the fault line of the 1980s, in which rich pulled away from poor, has been replaced by one in which old pull away from young. That will be the defining issue for whoever is prime minister after May 7 — but it will be hard for him to bring the two sides together because he will either have been elected on the back of the grey vote or with the support of the young.
- Rachel Sylvester, The Times
Each party faces the challenge of contributing to a new set of broad and durable political alliances that command public support. Some of them will seize the crisis of the established party system as an opportunity for realignment, just as their predecessors did 100 years ago. Who will be the most successful power brokers? On their identity, Britain’s political future will turn.
- Nick Pearce, Financial Times
The cost of ignoring women is huge for any political party. The actual cost of austerity has been paid by women and children, often to devastating effect. Austerity, as it has been practised, has been gendered. You don’t have to be “a mummy” or “a millennial” or whatever new daft phrase they decide to call us to know that.
- Suzanne Moore, The Guardian
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