The choices before the Labour Party

Countless gallons of cyber-ink have been spilled over Labour’s unexpectedly disastrous performance in the 2015 General Election.  A leadership campaign is now under way – one that so far has produced, in my view, little that is positive.  Among much muttering about Blairism, aspiration and were we too left-wing, there is little suggestion that we […]

Coming home

There is a cynical view that party conferences are so much hot air – three weeks in which the party faithful essentially look inwards, with little that is relevant to the need of the wider world.  That may be true at times, but this years conference season – and the events that have immediately followed […]

The bedroom tax: where does Labour really stand?

Where does Labour stand on the bedroom tax?  The stance of many – probably most – Labour activists is clear; at a personal level they completely oppose this penalty on those whose social housing has a “spare” bedroom, and for very good reasons.  The implication of the penalty for “under-occupancy” is that social housing is […]

Eastleigh: a fascinating contest

After the lies, the by-election.  The resignation of Chris Huhne as MP for Eastleigh, following his guilty plea to a charge of perverting the course of justice, opens the way to what could be a defining by-election contest. At the 2010 General Election Huhne held the seat with a majority of nearly 4,000 over the […]

Why culture wars are breaking out in the Tory party

It’s been an interesting couple of days in the evolution of the Tory party.  Ahead of tomorrow’s House of Commons vote on equal marriage a group of Conservative party constituency chairmen hands in a petition at No 10 urging Cmaeron to delay the vote; while the Mail on Sunday carries an interview with Chris Grayling – […]