A vote for Owen Smith is a vote for democratic socialism

With the ballot papers about to be despatched in Labour’s increasingly testy leadership election, it’s a good time to take stock of the debate so far, and to summarise what we’ve learned from a contest that has tended to generate more heat than light. The most important thing is that this is a historic contest.  […]

Open Labour: looking outward at last?

Today has seen the launch of a new, activist-inspired grouping within the Labour Party; Open Labour. It positions itself as an expression of the mainstream democratic Left within the Party. Its launch document, a letter in today’s Guardian, talks of the need for a clear anti-austerity stand from the Party, developed through open, constructive debate; it […]

Labour’s Economic Advisory Committee – mainstreaming anti-austerity economics

The announcement of Labour’s new Economics Advisory Committee is perhaps the most important development in the Party since Jeremy Corbyn became leader.  It’s a powerful statement of intent that Labour is determined never again to be accused by the Tories of lacking economic credibility, but it is something far more than that. To grasp its […]

Tony Blair and the politics of insurgency

Tony Blair has made his second intervention in the Labour leadership election, in a piece in the Observer that accuses the Jeremy Corbyn campaign as being fantasy politics from the world of Alice in Wonderland.  He writes: There is a politics of parallel reality going on, in which reason is an irritation, evidence a distraction, […]

After Kids Company: the problem with charity

The closure of the Kids Company charity amid a flurry of allegations has raised much controversy; opinion is divided between support for its charismatic founder and former chief executive, Camilla Batmanghelidjh, and serious concern about the way in which the charity, dealing with some of the most vulnerable people in society, has operated. Batmanghelidjh was […]

After Corbyn

Labour’s leadership campaign has turned into a far more fundamental debate than many would have predicted.  The intervention of Jeremy Corbyn – nominated by, among others, a number of MPs who would not under any circumstances vote for him, in order to ensure a genuine debate – has turned what could have been a bland personality […]

Jeremy Corbyn to top leadership poll? His opponents should stop panicking and up their game

The panic among some Labour people on social media after two private polls suggested that Jeremy Corbyn will top the Labour leadership poll has been wondrous to behold.  Time to get some perspective. First, the electoral system means that Jeremy Corbyn will only win if he gets something approaching 50% of the first preference vote […]