Honeyball’s Weekly Round-up

Labour Party

The French Presidential elections are getting exciting, and the focus of the UK media has turned to French expats living in the UK. Quite how they will vote is uncertain, with vastly different pieces in both the Guardian and the Telegraph; the latter claims ‘Most French expats support Sarkozy and the Guardian meanwhile says ‘support for Sarkozy looks to be wearing thin.’

There are an estimated 300,000-400,000 people who have hopped across the pond to live in the UK. The Guardian article interviewed a professor of French and European politics, Phillippe Marliere, at UCL who said that the idea the French community is inevitably right wing is out dated, and the picture has changed over the last 18 years.

The Telegraph draws on a survey, for the newspaper Le Petit Journal and TV5 Monde, which showed that 37% of French expats would cast their vote for the conservative Sarkozy in the first round of the presidential election on April 22, while only 27% would vote for the other frontrunner, the left-wing François Hollande.

You can read the Telegraph article here. And the Guardian article is available here.

Last month reduced the top rate of Tax to 45p but there are plans to go further. In a pre-election give away the Chancellor is planning to cut further the top rate for high earners to 40p.

I was left angry but not surprised when it was revealed yesterday that senior Tories have told Vincent Moss, political editor of the British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, that Osborne is determined to abolish the 45p rate before the expected election in 2015.

A Tory source said: ‘Osborne wants to get it down to 40p as soon as possible. That is unlikely to be till 2014. But he wants it in place before the election.

‘The 50p rate was Labour policy and we’re determined to cut it back to 40p.’

I wonder where the Lib Dems will stand on this issue.

You can read the full story here.

Yesterday’s Observer had a great profile of Anna van Heeswijk who has just been appointed CEO of Object, an influential feminist organisation in the UK. She will be tasked with spearheading the fight against the “pornification” of society.

The appointment comes only weeks after Van Heeswijk gave powerful and influential evidence to the Leveson inquiry about the sexist portrayal of women in the press.

This will be a great challenge but as the profile reveals Anna was born in to a strongly political household and she says ‘there was no way I wasn’t going to be a feminist’.

You can read the profile in full here.