Category Archives: Comment

Comment pieces and rants, including articles that first appeared in my former column on LabourList.

Rape 101

Ooookay. Thanks, the internet. I’d got most of my column written at about half seven last night – wasn’t about much, had a few jokes. And then Twitter informed me that some Missouri Republican Congressman I’d never heard of had

Rape 101

Ooookay. Thanks, the internet. I’d got most of my column written at about half seven last night – wasn’t about much, had a few jokes. And then Twitter informed me that some Missouri Republican Congressman I’d never heard of had

Where will Labour’s money come from?

This post originally appeared on LabourList earlier today. Last week’s news that, like all parties, Labour’s income was down in 2011, comes as no surprise, as we’d just spent rather a lot of it on a general election – but

Where will Labour’s money come from?

This post originally appeared on LabourList earlier today. Last week’s news that, like all parties, Labour’s income was down in 2011, comes as no surprise, as we’d just spent rather a lot of it on a general election – but

Why the country is like Marge Simpson and you might want to avoid the Noddy wallpaper

(This post originally appeared on LabourList on Monday June 25th.) Living under this government is starting to feel a bit like being the wife or mother in a certain kind of family sitcom. A Marge Simpson, Lois Griffin, Jill Taylor, all the

Why the country is like Marge Simpson and you might want to avoid the Noddy wallpaper

(This post originally appeared on LabourList on Monday June 25th.) Living under this government is starting to feel a bit like being the wife or mother in a certain kind of family sitcom. A Marge Simpson, Lois Griffin, Jill Taylor, all the

ballot box

I finally got my sodding ballot papers. Am I happy now? Not exactly…

Here’s how it went: Last week I wrote this post for LabourList, expressing my growing alarm that my ballot papers for the NEC and NPF elections – along with those of a number of other members, particularly councillors – hadn’t

ballot box

I finally got my sodding ballot papers. Am I happy now? Not exactly…

Here’s how it went: Last week I wrote this post for LabourList, expressing my growing alarm that my ballot papers for the NEC and NPF elections – along with those of a number of other members, particularly councillors – hadn’t

Manchester from the clock-tower

Disability bullies, City fans and Batmobile lessons

What I’ve been reading today: Ah, the Telegraph. It really is the Daily Mail with longer words, isn’t it? But where the Mail Online borders its spittle-flecked articles of incitement to hatred by captioning pictures of women with twenties slang

Manchester from the clock-tower

Disability bullies, City fans and Batmobile lessons

What I’ve been reading today: Ah, the Telegraph. It really is the Daily Mail with longer words, isn’t it? But where the Mail Online borders its spittle-flecked articles of incitement to hatred by captioning pictures of women with twenties slang

me with andrew leask

In praise of…Trafford (Labour)

(This post first appeared yesterday on LabourList.) A  couple of weeks ago I wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, criticising his comparison between Manchester’s Labour council and Tory-run Trafford. It was ridiculous, I said, to compare our city with

me with andrew leask

In praise of…Trafford (Labour)

(This post first appeared yesterday on LabourList.) A  couple of weeks ago I wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister, criticising his comparison between Manchester’s Labour council and Tory-run Trafford. It was ridiculous, I said, to compare our city with

manchester_town_hall

Dear David Cameron…

(This post first appeared on LabourList.) Dear David Cameron, My name is Grace Fletcher-Hackwood and I’m a Labour candidate in Manchester, the greatest city in the world. You might remember Manchester as the city whose budget you slashed by 21%, causing 2000

manchester_town_hall

Dear David Cameron…

(This post first appeared on LabourList.) Dear David Cameron, My name is Grace Fletcher-Hackwood and I’m a Labour candidate in Manchester, the greatest city in the world. You might remember Manchester as the city whose budget you slashed by 21%, causing 2000