Tactical voting is not enough. To stop Brexit – and save democracy – we need a Coupon Election.

The General Election that will take place on 12th December is the most important in modern British history. It is an election that will decide not just whether the UK leaves the European Union – and hence whether the Brexit project, a project of the far Right that aims to embed austerity, succeds: it is […]

A question of balance: on what basis was last night’s Question Time audience selected?

Last night, the BBC’s Question Time was broadcast from Cardiff. Events leading up to the programme – as well as the programme itself – give rise to further questions about audience selection; an issue that has given rise to considerable concern over a long period. Inevitably, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament were issues on […]

For as long as Labour talks the language of delivering Brexit, a Labour vote in the European Elections is a vote for Farage

The apparent rise of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has caused a fair degree of panic among the mainstream political parties, and nowhere more so in the Labour Party. If the polls are to be believed – and in an age of fluid politics that’s a bigger “if” than it may have been in the past, […]

Mapping out the European Elections in Wales – and how remainers could make a difference

A public briefing by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre this morning set out some of the issues around the forthcoming European Elections in Wales. With a little more than two weeks to go until polling day, it emphasised the uncertainties around this election that most people expected would not happen in the UK, but also […]

The Brexit time bomb ticking under Wales’ public finances

Across the political spectrum, there has been much discussion about what Brexit would mean for Wales, which has been a substantial beneficiary of structural funding from the EU and whose economy – more dependent than the rest of the UK on manufacturing and agriculture – is potentially much more exposed to the effects of Brexit […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Posted Workers Directive is an excuse, not a reason, for opposing the Single Market

In recent speeches, most notably to the Scottish Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn has cited the Posted Workers Directive as a reason for resisting membership of “the” Single Market, on the grounds that it allows workers from abroad to undercut the pay and conditions of local workers, and is therefore an example of how the […]

Corbyn’s position on EU state aids and privatisation is mired in ignorance and casual racism – Labour needs to be so much better than this.

In an extraordinary speech to the Scottish Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn has set out a position on the EU that is both ignorant and racist. The offending passage reads as follows: We cannot be held back inside or outside the EU from taking the steps we need to develop and invest in cutting edge […]