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 […]

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 […]

A leader who will stand up for Wales: why I’m backing Eluned Morgan for Welsh Labour leader

With ballot papers about to arrive for the Welsh Labour leadership election, it’s been a time to think about what sort of Labour Party and indeed what sort of Wales I want to see in the years ahead.  Carwyn Jones will be an enormously difficult act to follow; thankfully, in this election Welsh Labour members […]

Labour’s readmission of Derek Hatton and the rejection of serious politics

On Wednesday, those of us who listened to Jeremy Corbyn’s speech heard a plea for party unity.  Today, on Friday, comes confirmation that Derek Hatton of Liverpool Militant has been readmitted to the Party.  Not only does this news show how shallow that appeal for unity was, but serves as a powerful reminder – if […]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Conference speech: still miles away from Government

Jeremy Corbyn’s closing speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool this morning was long and appeared to cover a large amount of ground.  It offered a grand tour – often to the point of tedium – of the issues of the day.  But it was, at the same time, a speech that still sounded […]

John McDonnell and the People’s Vote: a Leninist moment

Following an exhaustive compositing meeting last night, the Labour Party agreed on a motion that will go to this week’s conference on the next steps on Brexit.  This morning, in a widely-reported interview, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said that Labour would respect the decision to leave and, should there be another referendum, the option to […]