Labour’s readmission of Derek Hatton and the rejection of serious politics

On Wednesday, those of us who listened to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech heard a plea for party unity.  Today, on Friday, comes confirmation that Derek Hatton of Liverpool Militant has been readmitted to the Party.  Not only does this news show how shallow that appeal for unity was, but serves as a powerful reminder – if […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Conference speech: still miles away from Government

Jeremy Corbyn’s closing speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this morning was long and appeared to cover a large amount of ground.  It offered a grand tour – often to the point of tedium – of the issues of the day.  But it was, at the same time, a speech that still sounded […]

John McDonnell and the People’s Vote: a Leninist moment

Following an exhaustive compositing meeting last night, the Labour Party agreed on a motion that will go to this week’s conference on the next steps on Brexit.  This morning, in a widely-reported interview, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour would respect the decision to leave and, should there be another referendum, the option to […]

The Labour’s leadership’s position is illogical: a general election will not resolve the Brexit debate

On this morning’s Today programme, John McDonnell was once again arguing Labour’s case that a General Election was one way in which the electorate could make a decision on a Brexit deal – an option that Labour clearly prefers to another referendum on any deal that Theresa May might conclude. There are, however, both theoretical […]

Will Hutton on Labour’s lost opportunity

At the weekend, I was in the audience for a talk by Will Hutton, formerly of the Guardian and now Principal of Hertford College, Oxford – but, more importantly, for a generation a critical and powerful voice on the centre-left.  The talk was part of the Cardiff Book Festival and was linked to the book […]

Enfield North and Press TV: a question of safeguarding?

Last night, the Enfield North constituency Labour Party passed a vote of no confidence in its MP, Joan Ryan, who is the Chair of the Labour Friends of Israel.  What was perhaps most notable about this meeting was the fact that it was streamed and live-tweeted by the Iranian state TV service, Press TV. There […]