Posts under ‘Politics’

What’s in the NPF draft policy statements?

by David Pavett.

According to the Labour Party Rulebook: “Party conference shall decide from time to time what specific proposals of legislative, financial or administrative reform shall be included in the Party programme. This shall be based on the rolling programme of work of the National Policy Forum.” (Emphasis added) The results of that “rolling programme of work” […]

The Collapse of the Labour Right

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In calling out Jon Lansman and Momentum publicly for the temerity of, you know, organising, Tom Watson has made a fool of himself. Worse than that, in attacking a mooted alliance between Momentum and Unite he has gone so far as to suggest there is something improper about unions seeking to maximise their influence in the Labour Party. It’s only […]

The world of skulduggery, smears and secret plots

by Len McCluskey.

For the last three months I have been touring the country meeting working men and women as I campaign to be re-elected as Unite’s General Secretary. I have been listening to their hopes and fears in the factories, bus garages, building sites and hospitals. They are worried about their jobs above all, about Theresa May’s […]

Will Brexit kill the Boundary Review?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’m breaking that rule, again. You know, the one forbidding ventures into the realm of political predictions. Perhaps the recent foray into long range forecasting has empowered me to speak about matters in the nearer term. So here it is: the redrawing of constituency boundaries isn’t going to happen. Okay, let me rephrase that, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that […]

Who’s who in the race to be Gorton’s next MP?

by James Elliott.

Last night the race to replace Gerald Kaufman as Gorton’s MP entered its final stages, as the NEC shortlisting panel met to confirm the five names that will go forward to the membership of Gorton CLP. Sam Wheeler, the preferred candidate of Momentum and Unite, was excluded as the shortlisting panel (three out of five […]

Together We’re Sombre

by Aiden Anthony O Rourke.

When I started writing this, I wanted it to be a simple piece on Scottish Labour after our conference this month, but when one thinks about politics it’s hard to shut up about it (maybe that’s just me). The fact is, all of the issues I want to discuss are related, because we can’t take […]

Cohen versus Corbyn: The fucking praise of fucking folly

by David Osland.

It has been a while since I last read How to Win Friends and Influence People, but I do not recollect Dale Carnegie advising Sunday newspaper columnists to win over readers by branding them “fucking fools” who need to change their “fucking minds”. But such is now the level of debate in the Observer, which yesterday carried […]

The Audacity of Osborne

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I hear tell of George Osborne applying for the Evening Standard vacancy only after other people came to him for advice on their applications. What a charmer. Still, his landing the editorship of London’s biggest free sheet is as shocking as it is audacious. How is it someone barely able to string a sentence together, […]

Labour NEC announces Gorton longlist

by James Elliott.

The Labour Party’s longlist of candidates for the Manchester Gorton selection contest has been revealed by the news site WriteYou. There are no surprises to be had so far. Sam Wheeler, from Abbey Hey in Gorton, is the preferred candidate of Unite and many new members, who make up 60% of the CLP, and is […]

Hammond’s National Insurance Nightmare

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

George Osborne may have been the worst chancellor of modern times, but he understood one thing. Subordinating the national interest, i.e. those of British business-in-general to the narrow concerns of the Conservative Party, allowed for good press and the accumulation of political capital. It didn’t matter if these actions weakened the economy or made life worse […]

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