Welsh Labour Grassroots and antisemitism: time for Mark Drakeford to act?

In the wake of the suspension of Chris Williamson MP from the Labour Party, following comments he made that the Labour Party had been too ready to respond to accusations of antisemitism, Welsh Labour Grassroots (WLG) – the self-styled home of Momentum in Wales – has issued a statement condemning Williamson’s suspension. It describes the […]

Brexit and antisemitism, coercive control and gaslighting: why I have left Labour

After a long period of agonising, I resigned from the Labour Party earlier this week; in the end, I decided that while I remain a believer in the party’s democratic socialist values, events have got to the point where staying and arguing for change makes one complicit – especially in the party’s appalling institutional antisemitism […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s anorak matters: it’s a symbol of arrogance and entitlement

On the day after the Armistice commemorations around the world, the London media are full of stories about one topic – Jeremy Corbyn’s inappropriate choice of attire for the Cenotaph ceremony in Whitehall yesterday morning.  It is being argued that his choice of a blue anorak rather than the sombre smart overcoat of the other […]

In search of clear red water: thoughts on Welsh Labour’s leadership election

The months of phoney war are now over, and the nominations have closed for Welsh Labour’s leadership election.  Three candidates have been nominated: Mark Drakeford, the current Finance Secretary; Vaughan Gething, the current Health Secretary; and Eluned Morgan, Minister for lifelong learning and the Welsh language. It’s an election that comes at a turbulent time […]

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 […]

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 […]