Michael Dugher MP

Working hard for Barnsley East

Blog Archive 2010

Replacing nanny with a nudge is no joke

Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, recently announced the government’s plans to improve public health in the white paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People.  So what exactly is the plan?  Well… it’s to “nudge” people more.  They want to nudge people to make the right decisions when it comes to their health, rather than the so-called “nanny state” approach taken by Labour, where the “man in Whitehall” was telling people how to live their lives.  The idea is that people can be enticed, instead of being coerced, into making better decisions.  It is, of course, total nonsense.

“Nudging” is one of the government’s new buzzwords. It was made popular by Professor Richard Thaler, an adviser to David Cameron in the cabinet office’sbehavioural insight team or “nudge unit”.  And, no, I am not making this up.  This is the infamous, supposedly civil service, team that includes former Conservative party staffer, Anna-Maren Ashford, Cameron’s personal image consultant and head of “Brand Dave” before the election.

Labour Uncut column: Replacing nanny with a nudge is no joke

Replacing nanny with a nudge is no joke Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, recently announced the government’s plans to improve public health in the white paper, Healthy Lives, Healthy People.  So... Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael argues that investing energy into anything other than being an "effective opposition that listens to the public and develops an alternative is a luxury Labour cannot afford". He says that "we must not fall into the media and Conservative trap that we are in some sort of “leadership crisis”.  We are not. The only crisis was losing the last general election. Getting rid of this government will be no easy task and it will require all our united efforts. The country will never forgive us if we are provoked into a self-indulgent row amongst ourselves".

Labour Uncut column: There’s no crisis and no division, just a duty to oppose

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael argues that investing energy into anything other than being an "effective opposition that... Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael shows that poor communities will be disproportionally hit by the Government's cuts.

Read the full article here: Poor communities will be cut more than rich

Labour Uncut column: Poor communities will be cut more than rich

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael shows that poor communities will be disproportionally hit by the Government's cuts. Read...

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael argues that the civil liberties lobby has a vital role to play in how we deal with the threat of terrorism, but that we "must start from the principle that the most important civil liberty that we possess is for our people to live free from the murderous attacks of those who wish to destroy our fundamental way of life in Britain".

Labour Uncut column: The loony libertarians in the government are not confined to the Lib Dems

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his latest piece for the website, Michael argues that the civil liberties lobby has a vital role to play in... Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his sixth piece for the website, Michael argues that "when it comes to the economy and to the battle over the public finances, we cannot allow the Tories, or the Lib Dems, to re-write our history or negatively caricature Labour’s economic legacy”.

Labour Uncut column: The Tories aren’t winners, so don’t let them write our history, says Michael Dugher

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his sixth piece for the website, Michael argues that "when it comes to the economy and to the battle over... Read more

Michael Dugher MP has written an article in today’s Yorkshire Post about the risk the coalition government is taking with the economy. Read the full article below:

Yorkshire Post article: Coalition runs the risk of triggering double-dip recession

Michael Dugher MP has written an article in today’s Yorkshire Post about the risk the coalition government is taking with the economy. Read the full article below: Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his fifth piece for the website, which is also being featured on PoliticsHome’s Daily Scrapbook today, Michael argues that "supporting and protecting the brave men and women who risk their lives in the service of our country should be central to what Labour does in opposition – even if it means, for the moment at least, supporting Liam Fox in his war with the battalion of bean-counters at the treasury”.

Labour Uncut column: Liam Fox is right (and George and Dave are wrong), says Michael Dugher

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his fifth piece for the website, which is also being featured on PoliticsHome’s Daily Scrapbook today, Michael argues that "supporting and protecting... Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his fourth piece for the website, Michael says that Labour doesn’t just need a new leader, but new leadership.   He argues that a “different style and approach is required, including to policy-making and to working with colleagues.”

Read the full article here: "Give us leadership, not dictatorship"

Labour Uncut column: Give us leadership, not dictatorship, says Michael Dugher

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. In his fourth piece for the website, Michael says that Labour doesn’t just need a new leader, but new leadership.   He...

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for the Labour Uncut website.  In his third piece for the website, Michael says that Labour lost the election because of a cumulative failure of the party and of its leadership. 

Labour Uncut column: Labour lost the election during Blair’s watch, as well as Brown’s

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for the Labour Uncut website.  In his third piece for the website, Michael says that Labour lost the election because of a cumulative... Read more

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for the Labour Uncut website.  In his second piece for the website, Michael argues that Labour needs to learn lessons from electoral defeat, but be aware that the next election will be fought on the basis of who is best for Britain in 2015, not 2010.

Read the full article here: "Michael Dugher digs in for a long campaign"

Labour Uncut column: Michael Dugher digs in for the long campaign

Michael Dugher writes a regular political column for the Labour Uncut website.  In his second piece for the website, Michael argues that Labour needs to learn lessons from electoral defeat,...

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