Why Welsh Labour’s commitment to Remain is meaningless

After yesterday’s controversial – and disputed – Labour Conference vote not to back remaining in the EU, numerous figures from Welsh Labour, including its leader Mark Drakeford, reminded us that Welsh Labour and the Government it forms are committed to campaigning to remain in the EU However, there are a number of reasons why that […]

Liberal Democrats and Article 50: a revealing window on the state of British democracy

The Liberal Democrats’ conference decision to campaign for the revocation of the UK’s notification under Article 50 of its intention to leave the EU has caused something of a storm. Obviously there is a debate to be had among Remainers as to what is the best strategy to achieve that goal, but this goes much […]

Why Corbyn’s call for a General Election misses the point and traduces Labour values

With the Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal imminent – and defeat looking overwhelmingly likely – there has been a certain amount of focus on Jeremy Corbyn’s line, based on a fudged Labour conference resolution. Britain needs a general election, he argues, so that a Labour government can deliver the better Brexit that people […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Posted Workers Directive is an excuse, not a reason, for opposing the Single Market

In recent speeches, most notably to the Scottish Labour Party conference, Jeremy Corbyn has cited the Posted Workers Directive as a reason for resisting membership of “the” Single Market, on the grounds that it allows workers from abroad to undercut the pay and conditions of local workers, and is therefore an example of how the […]