Posts under ‘Politics’

A left approach to Brexit

by Peter Rowlands.

Paul Mason and Chuka Umunna would normally be expected to come up with radically different proposals with regard to Labour’s policies, yet they are putting forward more or less the same solutions to the most pressing problem underlying Brexit, that of Free Movement of Labour (FML), Mason in an article in the New Statesman, Umunna in […]

What can we learn from the by-elections in Witney and Batley and Spen?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Is the new normal the same as the old normal? As previously argued, the 2012 Corby by-election called so former Tory MP Louise Mensch could spend more time trolling 17 year olds on Twitter was the last political contest in England and Wales where UKIP wasn’t a factor. For every parliamentary by-election after, they were. They […]

NEC did not agree “rule package” before it was put to Conference

by Newsdesk.

The Labour Party National Executive Committee (NEC) did not agree a rules “package” for conference as was previously believed, as sources from the NEC claim that no decision was taken to submit the NEC’s rule changes as a single item. Sources claim that at the nine-hour NEC meeting before conference, a range of rule changes […]

UKIP after Steven Woolfe

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s been a torrid time for UKIP since the referendum in June. And not in a good way. On no less than three occasions, the cause of the purple party’s discomforts have, ostensibly, centered upon the person of Steven Woolfe. There was the farce of the leadership campaign where, readers will recall, Woolfe demonstrated his lightning fast organising […]

We’re all socialists now. But what does it mean?

by David Pavett.

After a year of left leadership the word “socialist” is in vogue again. Not so long ago even the word “equality” had become suspect. Few now would be “intensely relaxed” about people getting “filthy rich so long as they pay their taxes” (Peter Mandelson, 1998). Nearly everyone agrees that massive inequality reveals a deep social fault […]

How leaving the single market will crash the economy

by Tom O Leary.

The British economy is extremely dependent on inflows of overseas capital. As a result, it is one of the last countries that should ever contemplate leaving the EU without a serious plan for reviving the economy with investment and trade. As we now know, no such plan exists, serious or otherwise. Instead the theme of […]

Why Theresa May is lying to you 

by Luke Davies.

In her party conference speech Theresa May promised to transform the Conservatives into the ‘party of the workers, the party of public servants, the party of the NHS’. She declared: ‘it’s time to remember the good that government can do’. Journalists on both right and left have been queuing up to announce a new era in […]

Jeremy Corbyn delivers another strong performance at PMQs

by Newsdesk.

Following on from his grilling of Theresa May on grammar schools, Jeremy Corbyn won a further round of plaudits for his performance yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions. Corbyn’s opening salvo against Amber Rudd’s policy to “name and shame” workers received a flat denial from May, who claimed that public lists of which companies hire large amounts of […]

Labour forces U-turn on Brexit debate as it sets government 170 questions on the terms of leaving the EU

by Newsdesk.

Labour piled the pressure on the Tories over Brexit yesterday, winning the right to debate Article 50 from Theresa May while also submitting 170 questions to her government on leaving the EU. This represents a significant climbdown from the government’s previous position that there would be “no running commentary” on negotiations. May accepted Labour’s case for a parliamentary debate […]

The Return of Tony Blair

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

You can’t keep a good man down. Or, depending on preferences, a bad stench always lingers. Yes, Saint Tony has pre-announced a possible comeback. Caught between the rock of ruinous Toryism and the hardplace “ultra-leftism” of the Labour Party, His Blairness has identified a yawning gap where the centre ground should be. We’ve been here many times before, including quite recently. […]

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