Greens, Jeremy Corbyn and uniting the Left

A prominent Brighton blogger, Dani Ahrens, recently posted a piece reporting that she had signed up as a Labour supporter in order to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour party leadership election – from the perspective of someone who has publicly supported the Green Party.  It’s a sentiment that closely matches comments by Caroline […]

Rebuilding the broad church: why Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy is vital to Labour’s future

Jeremy Corbyn getting on the ballot paper for the Labour Leadership is the best news the Party has had since the election. Not because he stands a realistic chance of winning (although early indications are that he commands a substantial level of grass-roots support), but because of the effect that he will have on the […]

Labour did not overspend in office. So why do Labour’s leadership candidates keep saying so?

Perhaps the most depressing aspect of the Labour leadership contest is hearing the candidates acquiescing in the myth that Labour in office overspent – and, by implication, accepting the Tory framing that Labour crashed the economy.  Of course it is more nuanced than that, but the outcome of the recent election shows that this is […]

Deconstructing aspiration

“Aspiration” has become the buzzword of the Labour Party leadership campaign.  Candidates are telling us that Labour under Ed Miliband failed to understand or encourage it, and if Labour is to win again it must embrace it.  What does it mean, and what does it tell us about the nature of these candidates’ politics? As […]

The choices before the Labour Party

Countless gallons of cyber-ink have been spilled over Labour’s unexpectedly disastrous performance in the 2015 General Election.  A leadership campaign is now under way – one that so far has produced, in my view, little that is positive.  Among much muttering about Blairism, aspiration and were we too left-wing, there is little suggestion that we […]

Caroline’s cuts

Today’s Brighton and Hove Independent carries a full description of the Greens’ proposed City budget for 2015-16 – leaked in apparent breach of Council rules.  Green finance lead Ollie Sykes seeks to justify his Party’s proposed 5.9% Council Tax increase in terms of staving off the threat to services for adults with learning difficulties, voluntary […]

Electioneering and grandstanding: how to tell the difference between a moral political party and a moralistic one.

Originally posted on Politics and Insights – kittysjones :
This past four years or so, I’ve watched the media distort the truth, often removing it from a meaningful context and twisting it out of recognisable shape. Or very often avoiding it altogether. I’ve watched minor parties claiming to be on the Left do the same, too,…