For the sake of the Left, Corbyn must go

Like hundreds of thousands of Labour members and supporters, I voted for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader a year ago.  I voted for Corbyn because I believed that he was the only candidate who would be willing to break out of the reactive, negative politics of his opponents and set out a real economic and […]

Leanne Wood, UKIP and that Progressive Alliance

The last time Neil Hamilton was national political news was in 1997 when he lost his Tatton Parliamentary seat to Martin Bell, following the “cash for questions” affair.  Nineteen years on, he is headline news again; elected to the Welsh Assembly for UKIP, rapidly gaining the UKIP leadership in Wales and – if reports are […]

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 […]

2016 could be a great year for Labour – if the Party lets it

As the year turns, the political commentators are preoccupied with Labour’s apparent difficulties.  It’s hard to remember that in any normal times it would be the Tories that would be on the ropes.  There are three key issues on which the Tories are, potentially, in the most serious trouble: On Europe, the Tories remain as […]

Momentum and Lewisham – is the Left blowing Corbyn’s victory on gesture politics?

Faced with an unprecedented assault on local government finances, the Lewisham branch of Momentum is reported to have called on the Labour council in the borough to set a “no-cuts” – i.e. an illegal – budget.  It’s an issue that was bound to come to the surface after Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in Labour leadership election […]

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 […]

After Corbyn

Labour’s leadership campaign has turned into a far more fundamental debate than many would have predicted.  The intervention of Jeremy Corbyn – nominated by, among others, a number of MPs who would not under any circumstances vote for him, in order to ensure a genuine debate – has turned what could have been a bland personality […]