Standing up against Tory xenophobia: Carwyn Jones leads the way

Those who have wondering when Labour would hit back against the appalling rhetoric on post-Brexit immigration and employment  coming out of the Conservative Party conference will have been delighted by the clear, unequivocal statement issued today by Wales’ First Minister and Labour Leader, Carwyn Jones.  In an email to all Labour supporters in Wales he […]

The Duncan Smith resignation: fundamentally shifting the economic debate

With the departure of Ian Duncan Smith from the Cabinet, commentators are spending much time and effort analysing how the balance of politics within the Conservative Party has changed.  However, the text of Duncan Smith’s resignation letter raises some absolutely fundamental economic questions – and these have big implications for Labour too. The key paragraphs […]

Rachel Reeves’ alternative budget: taking the politics out of economics?

Rachel Reeves, former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has published her own “alternative Budget”.  It sets out a set of six proposals which, she argues, George Osborne should follow later this month. As proposals, they’re all excellent.  There’s nothing there one would seriously want to challenge.  Some are extremely important. But, equally, they don’t make […]

Rachel Reeves and social security – looking beyond the short term

Unlike a lot of people on the Left, I thought it worth waiting to read what Rachel Reeves actually said in her keynote speech on Labour’s social security policy before taking a view.  Indeed, it has been interesting to see large numbers of people who presumably are not among the Sun or the Telegraph’s most ardent […]

Deconstructing Rachel Reeves: how to reframe the social security debate

It didn’t last long. The cheering had barely died down after Liam Byrne’s removal as Labour DWP spokesman when along comes his successor, Rachel Reeves, apparently using much of the same rhetoric.  It wasn’t that she didn’t have important points to make – about the fact that Tory austerity has contributed massively to the overall […]