The ESA assessor who told a paranoid schizophrenic to join a golf club: a morality tale for modern Britain

The issue of how the Department of Work and Pensions administers its assessments for ESA and PIP has been in the news recently, following a damning report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published in February 2018.  The Committee sought to set out the stories of some of those who had undergone […]

Why Warren Morgan is a better socialist than his critics

Back in early 2015, when I was standing as a Labour candidate in Preston Park ward in Brighton, I was approached by a very prominent member of what has since become the Momentum left in Brighton and Hove, who asked whether I would be willing to take part in ousting Warren Morgan as Labour Group […]

Corbyn’s EU speech: right direction, but still serious misunderstandings

Jeremy Corbyn has made his much-trailed major speech on the EU.  As widely trailed, Corbyn appears to have accepted the principle of a customs union with the EU.  It was a fascinating and wide-ranging speech, although still concerned, as ever, with generalities rather than detailed policy proposals. Corbyn structured the speech around three main themes: […]

New evidence shows that the Brexit vote was not the revolt of the left-behind. Will Labour respond?

A week ago, I attended a Welsh Labour Brexit Summit in Cardiff  and heard Labour’s Shadow Spokesman for Exiting the EU, Keir Starmer MP, give a passionate speech about how the vote to the leave the EU was an expression of the political will of the people who had been left behind; and that we, […]

How the Greenstein verdict falls short of addressing Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

The expulsion – after many months – of Brighton-based activist Tony Greenstein from the Labour Party is seen by many as long overdue, and as an indication that the Labour Party is serious about dealing with anti-Semitism in its ranks. I’m not going to comment on the Greenstein case, but on the reasons given by […]

For the sake of liberal democracy in Britain, we must defeat Brexit in 2018

If there is one political narrative that has dominated late 2017, it is the unravelling of the Brexit project.  The evidence has mounted, not just that leaving the EU will make the UK a much poorer and meaner society; but that the polticians who are leading it are simply clueless.  The furore over blue passports […]

So who wrote those Brexit sectoral analyses? And why does it matter?

The recently-published sectoral analyses apparently prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union have been received with an avalanche of ridicule.  As if some of the content were not banal enough (for example the unsurprising claim that fishing is concentrated in coastal towns), it’s now become clear that some passages were lifted directly from […]