Paul Dacre has done more than just shoot himself in the foot

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There are three groups of people who have a right to be angry, to varying degrees, at the Daily Mail’s unwarranted attack on Ralph Miliband last weekend.  Number one, and of course most importantly, is the Miliband family.  Ed Miliband is behaving entirely properly in defending his father’s reputation and demanding an apology and retraction.  Any son would do the same. Continue reading Paul Dacre has done more than just shoot himself in the foot

Small businesses don’t deserve this Pavement Tax

Please note this post is from my previous blog. To read my posts during the 2017 General Election campaign click here.
I’m writing this, after a busy few weeks away from the blog, on the train up to #cpc13 in Manchester – the first chance I’ve had to commit words to screen since Thursday’s public meeting on Labour’s new Pavement Tax in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
 
Supporting small businesses are three words guaranteed to get a good airing in Manchester this week – and it was curious to hear these same words bandied about a fair bit by Ed Miliband last week at the Labour Party gathering in Brighton.  In Ed’s case, his warm words about cutting business rates sound pretty hollow here in Greenwich, where his own Labour council has introduced a punitive new charge on local traders who use the pavement outside their shops.  Think grocers, florists, cafes – and in actual fact almost every type of business that is being hit by this Pavement Tax at a time when many are struggling and need support. Continue reading Small businesses don’t deserve this Pavement Tax