Posts under ‘Labour’

No going back: Labour needs a clean break

by Jon Trickett.

History, Marx remarked, often repeats itself. The first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. If we don’t understand history we will certainly be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. And so it is that we can learn a lesson from the Conservatives. Mrs Thatcher showed the Tories how to win […]

What’s the best we can expect from the next leader? More deaf ears to party members?

by David Pavett.

It is difficult to discern from a lot of the discussion on the left just what is at stake in the leadership election. There is discussion about whether Andy Burnham is to the right or left of Miliband and of how dreadfully right-wing most of the candidates and potential candidates are. Some are waiting for […]

What if David Miliband had won …

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The polls were with Labour. The feedback on the doorstep was very encouraging. It looked like all the naysayers and the problems of the previous five years had been put to bed. Until that exit poll flashed up on the nation’s TV screens. It gave the Tories a clear lead, and one several seats away from […]

Peter Willsman’s report from Labour’s May executive

by Peter Willsman.

National Executive Committee, 19 May 2015 The central focus of today’s meeting of Labour’s executive was how to explain Labour’s defeat. The outcome was the creation of a taskforce to analyse the reasons for the result in order to learn the lessons. Harriet Harman opened the meeting with her report which covered: fighting the Tories: an effective shadow cabinet front […]

Leadership election: inspired anyone?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

There’s one thing to be said for political leadership contests. It’s the one time politicians are honest about each other. It’s also an occasion for an airing of views, of setting one’s stall out in public about the strategies and policies that are likely to capture the imagination, and get party and country out of […]

Why Labour lost – the disturbing perspective of Annette from Scotland

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I certainly don’t agree with all of what is said here. For instance, it assumes much of the English and Welsh political landscape is similar to Scotland. The piece below, however, contains some very uncomfortable truths for all Labour people. It behoves us all to pause and reflect on some of the disastrous decisions made […]

So where does each Labour leadership candidate stand on austerity?

by Michael Meacher.

It really is distinctly premature to hold the first leadership hustings, with the usual banalities of a beauty competition, just 8 days after the heavy defeat when there has been next to no analysis of what went wrong, how it should be put right, what direction the country should now be taken, and why. Since […]

The left should place its trust in democracy – not in leadership candidates

by Jon Lansman.

After the catastrophic defeat by the SNP in Scotland and the extremely disappointing results in England and Wales, Labour needed a period of debate and reflection about what went wrong and what to do about it. What we have instead is a leadership (and deputy leadership) election. Do not expect an election to provide the […]

After the debacle: why Welsh Labour should work with Plaid Cymru

by Nick Davies.

The election result was terrible  for Wales. If five years of self-defeating, poverty creating state-shrinking austerity from the coalition was bad enough, five more years of the Tories governing alone will be worse. The assault on the public sector threatens thousands of Welsh jobs, the £12 billion in ‘welfare’ cuts will make life even more […]

On the resignation of Jim Murphy

by Guest.

The following statement was published yesterday on Revitalise Scottish Labour, the website associated with the trade union left in Scotland and Scottish Labour activists involved in the Campaign for Socialism Today’s Scottish Executive (SEC) was, to put it mildly, something out of the ordinary. The meeting was presented with a report on the general election that […]

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