Brexit and antisemitism, coercive control and gaslighting: why I have left Labour

After a long period of agonising, I resigned from the Labour Party earlier this week; in the end, I decided that while I remain a believer in the party’s democratic socialist values, events have got to the point where staying and arguing for change makes one complicit – especially in the party’s appalling institutional antisemitism […]

A new party is a pointless distraction. We need Labour to rediscover its central values

The Observer has led today with a story that a group of Labour MP’s is looking to start a new “centre” party. It is the latest in a series of persistent rumours, that resurface from time to time as the Labour party lurches between crises. Granted, the Labour Party isn’t doing its job at the […]

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 […]

Everybody out – time for Labour members to strike over Brexit?

Like many Labour Party members, I have watched with horror (but not really surprise) at the Labour Party leadership’s refusal to respond to the looming catastrophe of Brexit. In recent weeks, as the implications of the Brexit vote become clearer, the Labour position has not changed. The official position is that any deal needs to […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s anorak matters: it’s a symbol of arrogance and entitlement

On the day after the Armistice commemorations around the world, the London media are full of stories about one topic – Jeremy Corbyn’s inappropriate choice of attire for the Cenotaph ceremony in Whitehall yesterday morning.  It is being argued that his choice of a blue anorak rather than the sombre smart overcoat of the other […]

The Brexit time bomb ticking under Wales’ public finances

Across the political spectrum, there has been much discussion about what Brexit would mean for Wales, which has been a substantial beneficiary of structural funding from the EU and whose economy – more dependent than the rest of the UK on manufacturing and agriculture – is potentially much more exposed to the effects of Brexit […]

In search of clear red water: thoughts on Welsh Labour’s leadership election

The months of phoney war are now over, and the nominations have closed for Welsh Labour’s leadership election.  Three candidates have been nominated: Mark Drakeford, the current Finance Secretary; Vaughan Gething, the current Health Secretary; and Eluned Morgan, Minister for lifelong learning and the Welsh language. It’s an election that comes at a turbulent time […]