Conservative Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn’s offensive comments prove the Nasty Party never went away

Candidates standing for the Bournville & Cotteridge ward in the 2018 local elections take part in a hustings hosted by The Cotteridge Church
On Thursday evening, I attended the local elections hustings event for Bournville & Cotteridge Ward, arranged and hosted by the ever civic-minded The Cotteridge Church. As a Labour activist, I came along to support our two excellent candidates, Councillor Liz Clements and Fred Grindrod, and to speak up for the socialist policies in Birmingham Labour’s […]

Uncertainty over pensions presents an opportunity to demand a more progressive future for all

I recently read about planned changes to university pensions which could leave average scheme members £200,000 worse off in retirement. In the context of ongoing deeply unfair austerity cuts and research published today by Joseph Rowntree Foundation showing almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years the plight […]

Has the science and technology committee struck a blow against the Investigatory Powers Bill?

As an organiser for Open Rights Group Birmingham, I have followed with interest and not a little weariness the twists and turns as the government’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill makes its way through the pre-legislative scrutiny phase. Today, the House of Commons science and technology committee published a highly critical report on the bill, with […]