Jeremy Corbyn and Sure Start

As voting opens in the Labour Party leadership election, a rather extraordinary meme has been doing the rounds on social media. It shows a frame from a Jeremy Corbyn promotional video, and claims that Sure Start centres are “our” creation. It’s worth examining this claim briefly, because it’s instructive about the debate currently under way […]

Labour and Entryism – three questions

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn appear to be at war over the former’s claim that there has been some infiltration of the Labour Party by the old Left – along the lines of Militant – who are influencing new and especially younger members; Jeremy Corbyn’s camp is dismissing it as nonsense, relying on the claim […]

Why I’m voting Owen Smith for Labour leader

A year ago, I cast my vote in the Labour Party leadership election for Jeremy Corbyn.  I felt strongly at the time that this was the only vote that would wean Labour’s leadership off its taste for austerity economics, with all his opponents implicitly accepting the framing behind it.  I’d been appalled when Labour failed […]

Jeremy Corbyn to top leadership poll? His opponents should stop panicking and up their game

The panic among some Labour people on social media after two private polls suggested that Jeremy Corbyn will top the Labour leadership poll has been wondrous to behold.  Time to get some perspective. First, the electoral system means that Jeremy Corbyn will only win if he gets something approaching 50% of the first preference vote […]

Economic fatalism and the Labour Party leadership election

Perhaps the most dispiriting feature of the Labour Party leadership economics has been the standard of – one is tempted to say the absence of – the economic debate.  There is an emerging – and vague – narrative around the need to be more business-friendly, to reward “hard work”, to cut the deficit, to enable […]

Rebuilding the broad church: why Jeremy Corbyn’s candidacy is vital to Labour’s future

Jeremy Corbyn getting on the ballot paper for the Labour Leadership is the best news the Party has had since the election. Not because he stands a realistic chance of winning (although early indications are that he commands a substantial level of grass-roots support), but because of the effect that he will have on the […]

The choices before the Labour Party

Countless gallons of cyber-ink have been spilled over Labour’s unexpectedly disastrous performance in the 2015 General Election.  A leadership campaign is now under way – one that so far has produced, in my view, little that is positive.  Among much muttering about Blairism, aspiration and were we too left-wing, there is little suggestion that we […]