Labour's leadership contest is proving it: the only way forward for progressive politics lies with the Liberal Democrats

For those of us who walked away from the Labour Party, unable to stomach the party’s failure to oppose Brexit and to deal with the institutional antisemitism that shows no sign of abating, that party’s period of reflection and long-running leadership election has provided little comfort. I have looked in vain for any sign that […]

We Remainers built a huge mass movement. Where do we go now?

For those of us in the movement to remain in the EU, this has been a grim few days. It appears inevitable that we will leave the EU on 31st January – and lose our freedom of movement, so many of our rights as citizens, our jobs and services. But, along the way, we did […]

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 […]

Clear Red Water? How Labour’s UK leadership humiliated Welsh Labour – and Wales

During the Welsh Labour leadership election last year, the victorious candidate, Mark Drakeford – an early supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and with a campaign largely organised by the Corbynist Welsh Labour Grassroots, which styles itself as the voice of Momentum in Wales – argued that Labour in Wales needed to support and trust Jeremy Corbyn. […]

Labour’s expulsion of Alastair Campbell: the politicising of party discipline

Following his admission on the BBC’s European Election results coverage on Sunday night that he had voted Liberal Democrat, Alastair Campbell – leading remain campaigner and Tony Blair’s Director of Communications in Government – has been expelled, summarily, from the Labour Party. His offence was allegedly that he breached Labour Party rules forbidding support for […]

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, […]