Posts Tagged ‘Political Strategy’

Is Scotland’s Radical Independence movement a Class act?

by Cailean Gallagher.

There was a touch of class about last weekend’s Radical Independence conference (RIC): slick presentation, businesslike suits, and bold stage-lighting that shone a pinkish tint on the pale faces that packed the Clyde Auditorium one bright November day. If the job was to give RIC a new sheen, the organisers can be pleased with the result. There […]

“We are the vote for hope”: Interview with Pablo Iglesias of Podemos

by Tom Gill.

He’s MEP of the European Left in the GUE-NGL grouping “that defends the dignity of the people and democracy”. He’s also leader of Spain’s Podemos movement, which to general surprise won 8% in the Continent-wide elections in May and is accredited in opinion polls today as the leading political force in the country with a […]

A tale of two Labour coups

by Jon Lansman.

Today’s Times (£) reports last night’s reshuffle as having been to prevent a coup (later clarified to say a “backbench coup“). The BBC are trying to give the story legs. There certainly was concern about the possible actions of two right-wing backbenchers to further undermine Ed Miliband’s leadership, and the reshuffle was designed to strengthen the small band […]

Labour’s crisis: It’s the sense of security, stupid

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

At the start of the summer, prospective parliamentary candidates enjoyed a breakfast audience with His Royal Blairness. There was none of the “proper” post-prime ministerial coyness that our Tony normally pretends to. He was frank and open. Sort of. He was asked what he thought of Labour’s chances going into the next general election, to […]

How Labour can see off the Greens

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Political parties are always coalitions of interests, and nowhere is that truer than in our dear old Westminster parliament: practically the last bastion of winner-takes-all parliamentary elections in the world. All it takes to form a majority government is 325 seats, a feat that can be managed without winning an absolute majority of votes. And […]

A revolution of the mind: why Labour must target young voters

by Daniel McAteer.

In the 1964 general election, turnout for 20-24 year olds (18 year olds couldn’t vote until 1969) was 77%, the same as the turnout for those aged over 65. In 2010 however turnout for 18-24 year olds was just 52%, yet for those aged 65+ it was 75%. We are all familiar with the story; ‘there […]

Making it another 1945

by Bryan Gould.

Steve Richards (David Cameron will lose the battle of ideas if he keeps firing 1979’s bullets) is right to say in The Guardian (and Ed Miliband obviously agrees with him) that next year’s election will not, and should not, be decided by personality politics.  So what is it that will determine the voters’ preferences? It would […]

The lesson of Hetton and the basis of a new vision for the British working class

by Dave Anderson.

I write this as the immensely proud Member of Parliament for Blaydon. I write it in the aftermath of what has been described as a political earthquake and I write it based on four decades of activity in the Labour movement alongside 36 years of working in coal mining and as a care worker in […]

TUSC’s exercises in self-deception

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Under-appreciated they may be, but local elections are a vital component of any party-building project. UKIP certainly accept this wisdom. They know that a base in local government can give them a foundation on which to build. And theirs is an ambitious project. It’s not about taking Britain out of the EU, but replacing the Tories. As such, […]

Lazy thinking and the election results

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Some points challenging the avalanche of lazy thinking tumbling off Mt Politics about the local election results. Complacency, part one. UKIP did very well, they won 161 seats. It is very silly, as some do, to bang on about the party having zero MPs and not winning any councils. Outside of London, UKIP have put […]

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