Miliband’s Bad History

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Saturday, 21 May 2011 at 12:35 pm Ed Miliband has an article in The Guardian this morning, which sets out the themes on which he will elaborate in a speech to Progress shortly. It sets out, in stream-of-cliché form, the leader’s strategy. It is to “chart the future” by being “the optimists, the party with … Continue reading Miliband’s Bad History

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Tough on the rich as well as the poor

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Sunday, 4 September 2011 at 11:06 am David Cameron is in danger of missing the mood, which is curious for a leader so well attuned to the “musicality” of politics, as one of his back benchers put it to me. He writes about responsibility in the Mail on Sunday today (scroll down), but notably … Continue reading Tough on the rich as well as the poor

The cliché-myths of inequality

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Tuesday, 6 December 2011 at 2:48 pm An OECD report yesterday was written through the prism of one of the hardiest cliché-myths, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”. It is rarely true, and certainly not in the period covered by the report. The report was then reported today through the same … Continue reading The cliché-myths of inequality

Rottweilers on Speed Tax

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye  Saturday, 24 March 2012 at 10:27 am For a former Accountancy Age journalist I have been reprehensibly slow to catch up with the finer detail of the Budget. I must amend my post on the day, which said that one of the three main features of the Budget was a good thing. It turns … Continue reading Rottweilers on Speed Tax

We ARE all in this together, after all

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Saturday, 7 July 2012 at 12:18 pm Britain has become a more equal society, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, in important research published three weeks ago, on 15 June, which went almost entirely unreported. It showed that post-tax incomes fell sharply in the first year of the coalition Government (April … Continue reading We ARE all in this together, after all

Why oh why didn’t we see it coming?

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 11:11 am I shouldn’t bother, but it annoys me. There is a throw-away line in the excellent review by John Lloyd (pictured) of the current state of progressive politics: At gloomy meetings of UK and US progressives in Oxford and London earlier this month, the former Blair adviser Roger … Continue reading Why oh why didn’t we see it coming?

The broadest shoulders, the greatest burden?

By John Rentoul Eagle Eye Sunday, 28 October 2012 at 9:55 am The Treasury has finally supplied an answer to my question about the basis on which the Prime Minister and the Chancellor claimed in their party conference speeches that the rich are paying a greater share of tax than under the previous government. I have written about … Continue reading The broadest shoulders, the greatest burden?