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, […]

Mapping out the European Elections in Wales – and how remainers could make a difference

A public briefing by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre this morning set out some of the issues around the forthcoming European Elections in Wales. With a little more than two weeks to go until polling day, it emphasised the uncertainties around this election that most people expected would not happen in the UK, but also […]

The Weimar Formulation: how Labour’s respect for the 2016 EU referendum undermines democracy

The National Executive Committee of the Labour Party yesterday decided that it would be prepared to support a confirmatory vote on any deal agreed to take Britain out of the EU, but only in certain circumstances; if there was no general election, or if it failed to get the changes it wanted to the withdrawal […]

Labour’s NEC EU manfiesto vote: a defining Leninist moment?

Today the Labour Party’s National Executive will be asked to vote on a draft manifesto for the EU elections to be held on 23 May. The draft has been prepared by Jeremy Corbyn’s head of policy Andrew Fisher and the most significant question is whether the NEC’s decision will reflect what appears to be the […]