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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]