Owen Smith: sacked by Corbyn for expressing Labour values, and supporting Labour policy

On the day that Owen Smith was sacked from the Shadow Cabinet for publishing an article that called for the question of whether Britain should leave the EU to be re-opened, I couldn’t help on the two occasions that I saw Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn on the same platform. The first was the launch […]

John McDonnell’s supermarket checkout tax: bad economics, bad Socialism

The Labour Party is considering a tax on supermarkets that use self-service checkouts, with the aim of preserving jobs.  A motion proposing such a tax was passed by St Ives constituency Labour Party in January and John McDonnell has welcomed it on his “People’s Chancellor” Facebook feed. The problem is that it is both very […]

The ESA assessor who told a paranoid schizophrenic to join a golf club: a morality tale for modern Britain

The issue of how the Department of Work and Pensions administers its assessments for ESA and PIP has been in the news recently, following a damning report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published in February 2018.  The Committee sought to set out the stories of some of those who had undergone […]

Labour’s £59bn elephant in the room

John McDonnell’s response to the Autumn Statement on this morning’s Today programme offered a fascinating insight into a growing political problem that seems to be passing unnoticed.  McDonnell, as ever, talked about fair taxation – dealing with tax avoidance, stopping tax giveaways to business and wealthy individuals, while struggling to defend Labour’s acceptance of proposed […]

Voting with their feet: Labour’s economic advisers desert Corbyn

What is happening to the team of economic advisers that Labour established after Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election win last year?  The answer is that many members of that team are increasingly dissatisfied with the Labour leadership’s response to their work and in some cases are now backing Owen Smith in the present leadership election. It’s […]

A vote for soft fascism

Yesterday’s vote to leave the EU is a leap into the unknown. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the winning side hasn’t a clue what happens next.  No exit strategy, no negotiating brief.  Only a vague perception that “we have taken our country back”, and a lot of noise and fury about immigration;  a vote distinguished […]

How one interview destroyed the economic case for Brexit

On this morning’s Today programme on Radio 4, Mishal Husein interviewed Employment Minister and Leave campaigner Priti Patel, following Leave’s pledge to match all the EU funding lost as a result of Brexit for every region of the UK.  In a masterclass in political interviewing, Mishal Husein effectively  destroyed the Leave campaign’s case, by asking […]