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 […]

Welsh Labour Leadership Election: if you’re serious about 21st Century Socialism, you have to back a People’s Vote

In a BBC Wales televised debate last night between the three candidates for the Welsh Labour leadership, there were sharp exchanges once again between Mark Drakeford and Vaughan Gething on the issue of a People’s Vote on the Brexit Deal.  Vaughan Gething roundly criticised Mark Drakeford’s tone – he supports the Westminster line that Labour […]

Will Hutton’s speech to Wales for Europe: three key points

Last night, Will Hutton gave a passionate and powerful speech to a Wales for Europe gathering in Cardiff.  The event had been scheduled to include Andrew Adonis, and was focussed around their book Saving Britain; in the event, rail chaos at Paddington meant that he was unable to attend. Much of the material in Hutton’s […]

Brexit and nostalgia: a narrative for social democrats?

The return of blue passports, or the royal yacht Brtiannia; gunboats being sent to Gibraltar; the return of imperial measures – it’s not difficult to see the world of Brexit Britain as a sort of contemporary version of Passport to Pimlico, with the symbolism of empire once again dominating Britain’s political discourse.  And it is […]

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.  […]

Voting with their feet: Labour’s economic advisers desert Corbyn

What is happening to the team of economic advisers that Labour established after Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership election win last year?  The answer is that many members of that team are increasingly dissatisfied with the Labour leadership’s response to their work and in some cases are now backing Owen Smith in the present leadership election. It’s […]

Why I’m voting Owen Smith for Labour leader

A year ago, I cast my vote in the Labour Party leadership election for Jeremy Corbyn.  I felt strongly at the time that this was the only vote that would wean Labour’s leadership off its taste for austerity economics, with all his opponents implicitly accepting the framing behind it.  I’d been appalled when Labour failed […]