Political cults and democratic deficits

In the increasingly ill-tempered Labour leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are using the word “cult” more and more to describe his support.  And it’s not difficult to see why; on social media in particular some of his supporters adopt a tone of personal adulation that would make Kim Jong-Un blush.  Facts – such as the […]

Brief thoughts on the Labour leadership election voter list

Predictably, the process of verifying those who have signed up to vote in the Labour leadership election has fallen into something approaching chaos.  Today’s Guardian carries letters from long-term Labour supporters and activists who have been denied votes.  Far more than the removal of high-profile comedians and public political figures, this begs huge questions over […]

Greens, Jeremy Corbyn and uniting the Left

A prominent Brighton blogger, Dani Ahrens, recently posted a piece reporting that she had signed up as a Labour supporter in order to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour party leadership election – from the perspective of someone who has publicly supported the Green Party.  It’s a sentiment that closely matches comments by Caroline […]

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 […]

How the Green Party’s national campaigns co-ordinator just backed the case for electing Purna Sen in Brighton Pavilion

In an extraordinary intervention in the debate about the position of the left in the forthcoming General Election, the Green Party’s national campaigns co-ordinator, Howard Thorp, has published a video of a conversation he had on the day that the European election results were announced with Peter Allen, a prominent Green Party activist and candidate […]

Brighton Pavilion: are the Greens losing their grip?

Ever since the results of the European Election vote in Brighton and Hove were announced last Sunday, there has been an outbreak of speculation over what those results could mean for next year’s local and general election results in the city. Almost as soon as the results were announced, the Caroline Lucas camp was tweeting […]

No confidence: an epitaph for Green politics in Brighton and Hove

It’s becoming a truism in Brighton and Hove that the city’s political crises unfold against a background of uncollected rubbish.  Last summer’s crisis was of course all about refuse collection, and the dispute over council workers’ allowances; this time, as the ruling Green administration sets out its plans for a referendum on a 4.75% Council […]

The Tory campaign in Brighton Pavilion: not getting off to a Grand start

The newly selected Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Clarence Mitchell, has not got off to the most auspicious of starts.  This afternoon he tweeted a picture a photo of Brighton beach, taken from his hotel window at the Grand Hotel: It’s a curious tweet, and suggests a certain lack of knowledge of the city’s politics: […]

How the General Election campaign in Brighton Pavilion just got interesting

The Labour Party has today adopted Purna Sen as its candidate in Brighton Pavilion for the next General Election.  That decision promises to turn the Pavilion campaign into one of the most fascinating in the country. Purna Sen is an outstanding candidate.  Reading her cv leaves one in no doubt that Labour have adopted an […]

A perfect Green storm in Brighton Pavilion?

I was fascinated to read an article by Nancy Platts, Labour candidate in Brighton Pavilion at the General Election, on a Labour party website, discussing why Labour lost Pavilion to Caroline Lucas. As someone who voted Green in 2010 and joined the Party immediately after the election I agree with much of her analysis.  Nancy […]