Posts Tagged ‘Political Strategy’

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 […]

It is the Tories who have a 30% strategy

by Michael Burke.

Ed Miliband is accused of having a ‘35% strategy’, meaning that he is banking on doing only just enough to win an overall majority at the next general election. Polling models suggest that 35% would be enough for Labour to achieve an overall majority in Parliamentary seats. This is because the Tory vote is increasingly concentrated, while Labour’s […]

The Blairites are wrong about the deficit

by Michael Meacher.

It’s always good to know that the Blairites are worried because it normally means that Ed has taken another step which will help win the next election. And so it is this time again, with Ed promoting proposals to stop exorbitant rent rises and looking to end some of the privatised rail franchises. In response […]

Labour’s hiring of David Axelrod won’t work without solid, inspirational policies

by Michael Meacher.

You really can’t expect to win an election by importing an election guru from abroad – even one as well-proved as David Axelrod who helped win two presidential elections for Obama as his political adviser – unless there is a foundation of strong and resonant policies to inspire voters with in the first place. At […]

Why Scottish Labour needs a new vision for 2016

by Dave Watson.

Scottish Labour’s electoral recovery continues with last week’s Scottish Parliament by-election win in Cowdenbeath. However, in 2016 the party will need to develop a new narrative and polices to attract the voters it needs to form a government. In 2011, Scottish Labour suffered a major electoral defeat and the hands of the SNP who mobilised […]

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