Martin Bright

Martin Bright is Political Editor of The Jewish Chronicle and founder of New Deal of the Mind.

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Visionaries, poetry and a game that turned deadly serious

11 March 2012 9:13

There is a certain poetry to the leaking of Vince Cable’s‘vision thing’ memo and the departure from Downing Street of…

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David Cameron, A4e and subcontracted policy

27 February 2012 17:51

It has taken some time, but the media has now worked out that the government’s back-to-work reforms are a story…

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The Coalition must not create the modern workhouse

18 February 2012 17:04

I have warned on this blog before that the reforms of the welfare-to-work system risk embedding unpaid labour into the…

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Making the Work Programme work

11 February 2012 18:28

Last week David Milband showed some real class when he presented the recommendations from his Commission on Youth Unemployment. This…

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Opening up Westminster’s closed shop

4 February 2012 19:03

I was immensely proud to co-host an event at the House of Commons with Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for…

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The brave men of Camp E715

27 January 2012 16:10

Last year I travelled with the Holocaust Educational Trust to Auschwitz and the experience had a profound effect. I had…

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Matthew Norman, David Brenteron and the end of the compassionate Conservative

21 January 2012 15:34

Until now I haven’t seen Matthew Norman as a radical figure in British journalism. But his column in the Independent…

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Labour is the third party, get used to it

14 January 2012 10:43

This has been a terrible week for the Labour leader – truly, bone-crunchingly awful. Inevitable comparisons have been made with…

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It’s not about you, Ed

7 January 2012 10:23

One thing you learn in life is that most people have no idea how they are perceived by others. This…

Nazis, Aidan Burley and memories of the bad old days

13 December 2011 16:48

News of the antics of Aiden Burley and his friends at a Nazi-themed stag party in France made me think…

Cameron proves he is a politician of the eurosceptic right, but he still seems like a reasonable guy

12 December 2011 17:47

I have just been at the Conservative Friends of Israel Business Lunch, which can best be described as a triumphalist…

Jewish divided loyalty: the old lie

5 December 2011 20:21

In all the furore over Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘joke’ about shooting strikers, people can be forgiven for missing a second row…

So this is what the Lib Dems are for…

25 November 2011 16:33

Nick Clegg should be congratulated for doing the right thing by reviving the Future Jobs Fund and the Young Person’s…

Wise up Mr Grayling: youth unemployment is no mere distraction

18 November 2011 15:36

Could it be that Matthew Taylor, the RSA’s chief executive, is even more influential in Downing Street today than he…

Miliband’s bind

12 November 2011 9:47

Ed Miliband is in a bind. He really should be concentrating on the competence argument, but keeps falling back on…

Ken’s adventures in Israel

4 November 2011 15:24

There is a very peculiar passage in Ken Livingstone’s memoirs, “You Can’t Say That”, about a visit he made to…

Opening the doors to power

31 October 2011 14:04

Three young people start work in Westminster for the first time today. Breon Finch, Alice Hannam and Rachel Shackleton are…

How the Tories turned generous donors into sinister lobbyists

21 October 2011 16:53

The Fox-Werritty story took an interesting turn this week with the news that Conservative Party treasurer Howard Leigh had been…

Cameron should continue to resist knee-jerk reshuffle politics

17 October 2011 22:37

When things get rough, especially in the area foreign policy, I have the distinct feeling David Cameron asks himself the…

In it together

13 October 2011 9:56

Governments worth their salt know that a single young person out of work is a tragedy, but a million young…

A genuinely New Generation

8 October 2011 12:17

Labour’s reshuffle is the best thing Ed Miliband has done since he became leader. I say this mainly because I…

What Miliband must learn from Cameron: a speech is not a policy paper

2 October 2011 10:22

I have been so annoyed by Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Party conference that I haven’t been able to bring…

Why all the apologies, Ed?

27 September 2011 15:04

The Labour Conference 2011 has turned into a horrible misery-fest. What a daft idea to make the theme of the…

What Ed Miliband should say at Labour conference, but won’t

23 September 2011 14:17

It is now beyond question that Ed Miliband is moving his party to the left, or redefining the centre ground…

Political Stepford Wives

21 September 2011 16:16

At the beginning of the conference season I mused on Twitter that these occasions were very tribal, but that I…