Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

Convince me, Ed, by convincing Josephine and Xiomara

by David Osland.

Labour could elect a leader equipped with movie star sex appeal, a double first in applied astrophysics, Churchillian oratory, the ability to juggle three flaming torches simultaneously and serious talent as a hard bop tenor saxophonist. And still the first thing the Tory media would say about her is that she was ‘unconvincing’. Such is the […]

How to manage Ed Miliband

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’ve said this before, and I’ll repeat it until I’m blue in the face. There is a current leader of a political party. His time in office has been marked by division, of colleagues going to war over who would be his successor, of backbench rebellions and open disloyalty, of habitually prevaricating in the face […]

With a 25% threshold, Labour would’ve had just 3 or 4 Leadership elections in 100 years

by Jon Lansman.

Mark Ferguson at Labour List reports today that “credible reports suggest that in future a leadership candidate will need to secure the support of 25% of MPs to get onto the ballot paper rather than the previous figure of 12.5%.” By my estimation (see below), had there always been a 25% threshold for valid nominations […]

The battle for the soul of the Labour Party (part 47 – the unions are sold a dummy)

by Jon Lansman.

Sometimes, news stories simply distract the reader from what is really happening. Yesterdays ‘news’ on the Collins review of the Labour Party — trade union link is that Ed Miliband’s reform plans are faltering: there’s a hiccup in the negotiations between Paul Kenny on behalf of the affiliated unions and the Leader’s office, but it’s about […]

Labour leaders and intellectual self-confidence

by Bryan Gould.

The outstanding feature of the political scene over recent decades has been the catastrophic loss of the left’s intellectual self-confidence. It has been particularly marked in the UK and reached its most extreme form with New Labour; as I observed at the time, the short three-letter word with a capital ‘N’ was meant to convey […]

Thatcher’s legacy for the Left

by Michael Meacher.

If there is one thing, and perhaps one thing alone, that the Left should draw from Thatcher’s hegemony, it is the need for a leader with the same uncompromising conviction and steely determination as she repeatedly demonstrated.   She interpreted her mission in 1979 as confronting trade union power, rolling back the State, instilling unabashed individualism, […]

Don’t be derailed by Progress confrontation

by Ben Folley and Calum Sherwood.

This week, former General Secretary of the CWU Alan Johnson has issued an unabashed attack on trade union influence within the Labour Party in an interview with Progress, part of an increasingly confrontational and destructive approach to dictating Labour Party policy from the Blairite wing. Jacqui Smith’s now regular articles, including hers on Osborne’s welfare trap before the […]

Does Ed want to clean up the party or not?

by Jon Lansman.

We hear that a post is to be created in the Leader’s office for Alicia Kennedy (née Chater), Labour’s former deputy general secretary whose post was deleted last November in a “restructuring” designed to  clean up the party. We have no doubt that Alicia has many skills and talents; unfortunately they are skills and talents which […]

The Miliband magic

by Michael Meacher.

What political leader in Opposition has ever stopped in its tracks what looked like irresistible momentum towards a disaster? No, I can’t think of one either. Certainly not Cameron – can you remember any of the positions he took during the 5 years before the 2010 election, apart from slyly posing beside a dog-sleigh in […]

The real divisions in the Labour Party and what Ed should do about it

by Jon Lansman.

Most Labour party members are, above all, loyal to their party. They have a strong inclination to back their leaders, even when they disagree with what they’ve said or done. And disagree they did, by and large, when Ed Balls announced that “the starting point….is we’re going to have to keep all these cuts” and accept […]

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