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 […]

Early days of a better nation: why progressive politics and Welsh independence are now inseparably linked.

Among the twenty-four inscriptions that line the walls of the Scottish Parliament, one – attributed to Alasdair Gray but, as he freely admitted, borrowed from the Canadian poet Dennis Lee, seems hugely apposite to the position of we in Wales who still have faith in progressive politics: “Work as if you live in the early […]

We Remainers built a huge mass movement. Where do we go now?

For those of us in the movement to remain in the EU, this has been a grim few days. It appears inevitable that we will leave the EU on 31st January – and lose our freedom of movement, so many of our rights as citizens, our jobs and services. But, along the way, we did […]

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 […]