Why a Green-Plaid-SNP alliance is neither progressive nor practical

Yesterday’s Independent carried a report that the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru were in discussion about standing down candidates at the 2020 elections in order to create a “progressive alliance” to defeat the Tories. It’s a nice idea in some respects, but it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.  To understand why, you need […]

Why a vote for Corbyn is a vote for electability

Three days before the 1983 election, I attended a rally in Oxford Town Hall. It was in the days when it was still possible to come in off the street to a Labour leader’s rally, and the speaker was Michael Foot. The atmosphere was revivalist, a packed hall cheering on their much-loved leader.  How could […]

Caroline’s militant tendency

The rollercoaster that is Brighton and Hove Green Party politics has just taken another stomach-churning lurch.  At its General Meeting last week the Brighton and Hove Green Party passed two motions which define its approach to politics in the city in the weeks preceding the General and City Council elections. Faced with cuts in Government […]

Brighton’s Greens, Council Tax and a disgraceful act of moral blackmail

There’s an old political saw that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. As they come to the end of four years in office, and as they start the process of setting out their last budget, the peculiar genius of Brighton and Hove’s Green Party may well have been to turn that formulation […]

Why vote Labour in Brighton Pavilion?

Brighton-based blogger Paddy Vipond has recently published an open letter to Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Purna Sen, outlining why he will not vote for her and will support the incumbent Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, instead.  It’s an eloquent piece – in a very different tone from that usually reserved by Green Party […]

Don’t mention the war: Greens, Iraq and Godwin’s law

Earlier this year, Brighton and Hove City Council passed a motion of no confidence in its Green administration.  The debate was a curious affair, illustrating much about Brighton and Hove politics; in particular the way in which, nominally about the record of the administration, it turned into a series of personal attacks on Labour’s leader […]

Ed Miliband’s vision redefines the role of local government – and the Council Tax debate in Brighton and Hove

Ed Miliband has made a major announcement about how local government will be reformed under a Labour administration.  It’s a complete game-changer; a big vision and, for those of us who aspire to be Labour councillors, a hugely challenging one. Building on the Adonis review, which calls for massive devolution of economic power to the […]