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 […]

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 […]

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. […]