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How serious are the Conservatives about full employment?

David Cameron reaffirmed his government’s commitment to full employment back in January. One could cynically say that this commitment followed good news on employment rather than preceded it, but any form of acknowledgement that maximising opportunities for work should be a central plank of economic and social policy should be welcomed. But how deep is this commitment? While it is clearly not a return to Butskellite consensus, is it as the New Statesman asks, a PR coup or empty gesture?1
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Election 2015: Day ∞: Labour’s “Policy Promise” Stone Shouldn’t Be Hidden in the Downing Street Garden. There Should be one in the Entrance to every ASDA Store

Labour unveiled its policy stone over the weekend. Apparently, if Ed Miliband is elected Prime Minister, he’s going to have it planted in the garden of Downing Street. Of all the places to choose, they have to pick one that is away from the public eye. Will it form the centrepiece of a Zen garden, to which Ed will retreat for quiet contemplation? It’s a bit of a change from the 1997 pledge card. Even John Prescott would have trouble fitting this pledge stone in his wallet (Prescott still keeps his battered 1997 card in there).

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Wrong days off? General Election day should be a bank holiday

Today’s Bank Holiday Monday, I hope you used your Sunday well to celebrate the fact you were allowed to sleep in today. That’s really all there is to say about Bank Holidays, they’re completely arbitrary days chosen for working people to get some respite. While a great many Brits aren’t practising Christians, at least they know why they get time off in Christmas and Easter. (more…)

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Human Rights and the General Election: What is at stake?

It seems, to use the worst electoral cliché, everything is “up in the air” with just a few weeks to go until polling day. The vote on May 7 is likely to have a dramatic impact on our constitutional settlement both in terms of the UK’s relationship with the European Union and indeed whether there remains a United Kingdom over the next five years. But, our human rights laws are an equally important part of our fragmented constitution and could face great upheaval depending on the result with serious legal and political consequences. This has so far been unexamined during this election cycle so I have taken a close look at each party to see what really is at stake. (more…)

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