Labour's leadership contest is proving it: the only way forward for progressive politics lies with the Liberal Democrats

For those of us who walked away from the Labour Party, unable to stomach the party’s failure to oppose Brexit and to deal with the institutional antisemitism that shows no sign of abating, that party’s period of reflection and long-running leadership election has provided little comfort. I have looked in vain for any sign that […]

Why electing Jess Phillips – or anyone else – won't save the Labour Party.

Leaving the Labour Party is not easy; nearly a year after the event, you still follow the debates, discuss things with your former comrades, still feel a certain emotional pull. The Labour Party is far too much like a family – admittedly one, to misquote Orwell, with the wrong members in control – for its […]

Labour’s readmission of Derek Hatton and the rejection of serious politics

On Wednesday, those of us who listened to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech heard a plea for party unity.  Today, on Friday, comes confirmation that Derek Hatton of Liverpool Militant has been readmitted to the Party.  Not only does this news show how shallow that appeal for unity was, but serves as a powerful reminder – if […]

John McDonnell and the People’s Vote: a Leninist moment

Following an exhaustive compositing meeting last night, the Labour Party agreed on a motion that will go to this week’s conference on the next steps on Brexit.  This morning, in a widely-reported interview, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour would respect the decision to leave and, should there be another referendum, the option to […]

The Labour’s leadership’s position is illogical: a general election will not resolve the Brexit debate

On this morning’s Today programme, John McDonnell was once again arguing Labour’s case that a General Election was one way in which the electorate could make a decision on a Brexit deal – an option that Labour clearly prefers to another referendum on any deal that Theresa May might conclude. There are, however, both theoretical […]