Welsh Labour Grassroots and antisemitism: time for Mark Drakeford to act?

In the wake of the suspension of Chris Williamson MP from the Labour Party, following comments he made that the Labour Party had been too ready to respond to accusations of antisemitism, Welsh Labour Grassroots (WLG) – the self-styled home of Momentum in Wales – has issued a statement condemning Williamson’s suspension. It describes the […]

A new party is a pointless distraction. We need Labour to rediscover its central values

The Observer has led today with a story that a group of Labour MP’s is looking to start a new “centre” party. It is the latest in a series of persistent rumours, that resurface from time to time as the Labour party lurches between crises. Granted, the Labour Party isn’t doing its job at the […]

Why Corbyn’s call for a General Election misses the point and traduces Labour values

With the Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal imminent – and defeat looking overwhelmingly likely – there has been a certain amount of focus on Jeremy Corbyn’s line, based on a fudged Labour conference resolution. Britain needs a general election, he argues, so that a Labour government can deliver the better Brexit that people […]

Everybody out – time for Labour members to strike over Brexit?

Like many Labour Party members, I have watched with horror (but not really surprise) at the Labour Party leadership’s refusal to respond to the looming catastrophe of Brexit. In recent weeks, as the implications of the Brexit vote become clearer, the Labour position has not changed. The official position is that any deal needs to […]

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 […]

A leader who will stand up for Wales: why I’m backing Eluned Morgan for Welsh Labour leader

With ballot papers about to arrive for the Welsh Labour leadership election, it’s been a time to think about what sort of Labour Party and indeed what sort of Wales I want to see in the years ahead.  Carwyn Jones will be an enormously difficult act to follow; thankfully, in this election Welsh Labour members […]

Mark Drakeford on 21st Century Socialism: five principles and two big questions

Last night, at Cardiff University, Welsh Labour leadership candidate and current Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford set out his vision of twenty-first century socialism.  This was not a typical hustings speech but an intellectually-serious lecture in which he explained the guiding principles that he would follow if elected as First Minister. He began by […]