Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Understanding Corbynmania

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s not the key factor explaining why Labour aren’t doing spectacularly well at the moment, but the never ending tit-for-tat in the press, on the telly, on the internet isn’t helping much. It is a truism that divided parties don’t win elections, after all. Then there were these polling figures of Labour Party members. Some […]

On electing and removing leaders in the Labour Party

by Mike Hedges AM.

Immediately after the defeat at the General election in 2015, Ed Milliband resigned. What if he had decided to stay on? We do not know.What we do know is what happened in Scotland. Jim Murphy was elected Leader in October 2014. Following his defeat and Labour’s rout in Scotland, Murphy said he would remain Leader […]

On tax cedits, Harriet Harman has flunked the basics of leadership spectacularly

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The Labour Party is a mass organisation. Under its banner you find all kinds of people harbouring all kinds of views. It could hardly be otherwise, given the roots it has in the labour movement representing the sectional interests of otherwise quite disparate occupational groupings. It is also a party that has to reach beyond […]

The Labour leadership candidates should turn to Barbara Castle

by Calum Sherwood.

As the Labour leadership election picks up pace, and some of the dividing lines between the candidates are beginning to emerge, I feel that it is becoming increasingly necessary for the some of the so-called frontrunners to revisit the career of Barbara Castle. One of the most esteemed figures from Labour’s history, Castle proved that […]

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 […]

Does Labour’s leader have to be prime minister designate?

by Daniel Blaney.

In less than two years time we will have a new US President. We don’t even know who the candidates are yet. We can speculate but we don’t know.  We also don’t know who will run for French President in 2017 or German Chancellor the same year. In Britain, Labour has just had a shock […]

Cameron gets rattled: where’s the leadership quality he like to boast of?

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron is alarmingly showing increasing signs of losing his cool. He does so quite regularly at PMQs when he gets caught out and his face blushes puce. He did so again under fire from Paxman in the recent TV contest between him and Miliband when, unlike at PMQs, he didn’t have the privilege of the […]

What #WebackEd means

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Tens of thousands of people pouring out onto that there Twitter showing support for Ed Miliband? What has the world come to? Stranger things have happened, just not that often. And so it came to pass that for the best part of 24 hours, #webackEd trended on Twitter. It still is at the time of […]

Plots and rumours of plots

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Even the Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday is sometimes forced to print the truth. But this morning’s front page was not one of those occasions. Apparently, Tristram Hunt “plunges in the dagger” and has joined the much-trailed revolt of Labour MPs. Except he hasn’t. If you read behind the headline he “revealed his doubts in private […]

Labour needs a bold alternative to austerity. Not Alan Johnson. Not any new leader

by Jon Lansman.

Labour MPs are their own worst enemies. Many of them are panicked about losing their seats, and are sufficiently stupid and disloyal to blame Ed Miliband and brief the press accordingly. Deputy chief whip, Alan Campbell, rather than feeding reports of discontent to his leader, is whipping it up. And yet, if Labour MPs keep […]

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