Corbyn, antisemitism and the politics of disengagement

With allegations that Labour has increasingly become an anti-Semitic political party now widespread in the media, Jeremy Corbyn has written to all Labour Party members arguing that anti-Semitism has no place in the Labour Party.  It is, on the surface, a powerful and emphatic statement that there will be zero tolerance within the Labour Party. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Warren Morgan is a better socialist than his critics

Back in early 2015, when I was standing as a Labour candidate in Preston Park ward in Brighton, I was approached by a very prominent member of what has since become the Momentum left in Brighton and Hove, who asked whether I would be willing to take part in ousting Warren Morgan as Labour Group […]

Corbyn’s EU speech: right direction, but still serious misunderstandings

Jeremy Corbyn has made his much-trailed major speech on the EU.  As widely trailed, Corbyn appears to have accepted the principle of a customs union with the EU.  It was a fascinating and wide-ranging speech, although still concerned, as ever, with generalities rather than detailed policy proposals. Corbyn structured the speech around three main themes: […]

New evidence shows that the Brexit vote was not the revolt of the left-behind. Will Labour respond?

A week ago, I attended a Welsh Labour Brexit Summit in Cardiff  and heard Labour’s Shadow Spokesman for Exiting the EU, Keir Starmer MP, give a passionate speech about how the vote to the leave the EU was an expression of the political will of the people who had been left behind; and that we, […]