David Miliband has delivered a harsh critique of his brother’s election campaign, saying it appeared to push the Labour party backwards from the principles of aspiration and inclusion. Speaking to the BBC on Monday from New York, where he works as president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, Miliband said last week’s election result was “devastating” for the Labour party and its supporters. But he cautioned against blaming the electorate for failing to understand the party’s message. “There’s absolutely no point in blaming the electorate. Any suggestion that they didn’t ‘get it’ is wrong. They didn’t want what was being offered.” Miliband said: “I think that the voters have delivered a very clear verdict. And unless Labour is able to embrace a politics of aspiration and inclusion, a politics that defies some of the traditional labels that have dogged politics for so long, then it’s not … [Read more...] about David Miliband launches stinging attack on brother Ed’s election campaign
Quad cities election results
Ranchi: One person was killed as security personnel opened fire on assailants who police claimed tried to snatch their arms outside a polling booth in Jharkhand, where 59.27 per cent votes were cast till 3 pm in the second phase of assembly elections in 20 constituencies. The voting commenced at 7 am amid tight security arrangements. Polling in 18 seats ended at 3 pm, while voters in Jamshedpur (East) -- where Chief Minister Raghubar Das is in fray -- and Jamshedpur (West) constituencies can exercise their franchise till 5 pm, an Election Commission (EC) release said. According to reports, the problem began at booth no 36 of Sisai constituency of Gumla district when people got angry due to delay in voting. They started pelting stones on the police, who retaliated with firing in which one youth sustained bullet injuries who later died in the hospital. He has been identified as Mohammad Geelani (28). Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Murari Lal Meena said the man … [Read more...] about Jharkhand Election Phase 2 Voting: 59% Turnout Recorded Till 3 PM Amid Violence, 1 Killed
In the 1980s, long before his thoughts turned to the US presidency, Bernie Sanders – then mayor of Burlington, Vermont – took it upon himself to try to decelerate the development of the Lake Champlain waterfront. Rejecting a plan to turn it into a series of luxury condominiums, Sanders also worked to preserve public housing by passing ordinances that made it harder for developers to evict tenants, and created a community land trust to allow residents to purchase their units. In addition, he supported the local Onion River Collaborative market (now City Market), instead of accepting a proposal for a large, unpopular supermarket in the centre of town. Whatever one thinks of his subsequent political career, Sanders’ efforts in Burlington remind us that the impact of – and concerns over – urban gentrification are nothing new. These days, however, gentrification is perhaps the most widely used term in any discussion about contemporary cities, and invariably … [Read more...] about Is the gentrification of cities inevitable – and inevitably bad?
To leave or not to leave It's still the same old question. For Boris Johnson and the Conservatives, the central message of the whole campaign is clear — "Get Brexit Done." The currently ruling Conservatives are eager to capitalize on impatience among a large part of the electorate 3 1/2 years on from the referendum. They have pledged that Britain will leave the EU on January 31 next year — albeit with a transition period until the end of 2020. Question marks remain over any trade deal. Some within the party would prefer a hard form of Brexit that would prioritize a trade deal with the United States over maintaining close relations with Europe. Read more: UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? The Labour Party fears losing voters in parts of the country that voted for Brexit in 2016 — particularly in the north and Midlands — if it adopts an anti-Brexit strategy. Instead, its policy since the referendum has been one of … [Read more...] about UK election: What are the big issues?
Owen Jones Ed Miliband doomed his party to calamity A catastrophe. Labour lost Scotland, its heartland, the birthplace of its first leaders, by allying with the Tories in a campaign of fear during the referendum. Its supporters – many of whom, like their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, had voted for Labour their whole lives – turned on their party. Labour became the detested “red Tories”, pillars of a political establishment with no roots in their communities. Voters have defected en masse to a party that positioned itself – certainly in rhetoric – to the left, with a populist anti-austerity message. Yes, Labour’s Scottish collapse and the rise of the SNP enabled the Tories to cynically stir up English nationalism and resentment. Yes, the rightwing media, acting as the outright propaganda wing of the Tory party, ran a spiteful, venomous campaign. But the Labour leadership has to take the blame. They failed to even bother rebutting … [Read more...] about Election 2015: Guardian columnists on a shocking night