New deal? Or the same old deal with different spin?

July 15, 2020Featured, Home page featured

A fortnight ago, Boris Johnson compared  himself to US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.   FDR’s New Deal turned round the economic collapse of the Great Depression.   He created the first ever US state pensions and unemployment insurance.   He promoted collective bargaining, improving wages and working conditions.   The Public Works Administration built dams, … Read More

PALESTINE EVENT – THURSDAY 16 JULY 2020

July 14, 2020Featured, Home page featured, International, News

HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NEWCASTLE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN INVITE YOU TO A TALK featuring BEN JAMAL DIRECTOR, PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN and LOUISE REGAN VICE CHAIR OF PSC, EX-PRESIDENT OF NEU speaking on: ANNEXATION, AND BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS (BDS) INTRODUCED BY ANN SCHOFIELD, Newcastle City Councillor and PSC member.  The session runs for … Read More

“Please sir, I want some more.”  – what does Oliver Twist have in common with the North?

June 29, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Oliver Twist sums up the relationship between central government and the North. There’s a dependency on grants from Westminster, often tied in with the electoral cycle.  Restrictions come from Whitehall on to how to spend it, with priorities optimised for the Home Counties. Oliver needed the handouts because the playing field was tilted against him. … Read More

This U-turn government

June 21, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Politicians are terrified of U-turns. They look indecisive. 200,000 kids have had to skip meals because their family couldn’t afford enough food during lockdown.  Yet thanks to England footballer Marcus Rashford, 1.3 million kids will now get fed this summer.  When the cupboards are bare, that £15-a-week voucher will stop kids becoming malnourished. For the … Read More

Hexham CLP host talk on Palestine

June 17, 2020Featured, Home page featured, International

HEXHAM LABOUR PARTY ACTIVISTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN, AND NEWCASTLE LABOUR FRIENDS OF PALESTINE INVITE YOU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GAZA AND PALESTINE We’re hosting a talk by two Durham University students from Gaza, Hala and Ahmed.  Hala, who is studying MSc in Sustainability, Culture and Development, is a dentist, and surgical assistant.  She volunteered … Read More

Culture

June 15, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor, News

Culture is the sum total of how we express ourselves as humans.  Culture is our collective soul. For some it’s theatre, museums, art galleries, opera.  For others, a live music gig, a beer festival or a home game. I don’t see culture as a “sector”, an opportunity for economic growth.  We can live in concrete … Read More

North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll’s weekly column in The Journal and The Chronicle

June 7, 2020Featured, Home page featured, Mayor

Why is it that when someone supports #BlackLivesMatter, someone replies, “All lives matter!” If someone told you, “I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer,” you wouldn’t reply, “Well some people get prostate cancer!” The protests in America are the confluence of three recent killings of black citizens by US Law Enforcement Officers. On 25th February this … Read More