Ten Labour MPs that Tories should vote for

The Conservatives are going to win the election — that much we know.  The question is what kind of opposition Britain is going to be left with. If a slew of moderate Labour MPs are swept out, the Corbynite grip on the party will strengthen. The leader will not go and Labour will take aContinue reading “Ten Labour MPs that Tories should vote for”

Labour’s manifesto reveals one thing: the Left has run out of ideas

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Labour, Noam Chomsky goes and endorses Jeremy Corbyn.  ‘If I were a voter in Britain, I would vote for him…He’s quiet, reserved, serious, he’s not a performer,’ Chomsky told the Guardian. But the more you read of Chomsky’s endorsement, the more you wonder if heContinue reading “Labour’s manifesto reveals one thing: the Left has run out of ideas”

My survival plan for Labour (it’s not to get Diane Abbott to count the votes)

At risk of giving away the ending, the Labour Party is probably done for. Assuming the polls aren’t fantastically wrong and the British people haven’t lost their minds, Jeremy Corbyn is heading for defeat on June 8. The potential scale of the routing is being described as ‘historic’, since it looks set to be unparalleledContinue reading “My survival plan for Labour (it’s not to get Diane Abbott to count the votes)”

The moral agony of the lifelong Labour voter

It’s the dilemma facing millions of moderate Labour voters: can they in good conscience support their party this time around without endorsing Jeremy Corbyn? This is no mere academic puzzler. Many are horrified at the transformation of their party from Europe’s most successful social democratic movement into a glorified protest group, and one with moreContinue reading “The moral agony of the lifelong Labour voter”

Len McCluskey’s hollow victory

Len McCluskey has seen off a challenge to be elected to a third term at the helm of Unite. And what a seeing off it was. When the votes starting to come in, and reportedly showed the top two contenders neck-and-neck, McCluskey’s rival was promptly suspended. Gerard Coyne was stripped of his duties as West MidlandsContinue reading “Len McCluskey’s hollow victory”

Labour has abandoned workers. Trade unions must avoid doing the same

I’m not a member of a trade union but I should be. As a freelance journalist, my employment situation is precarious — yet it still wouldn’t occur to me to join the National Union of Journalists. My reasons are both personal and political, but mostly practical: the NUJ talks tough but, in the end, seldomContinue reading “Labour has abandoned workers. Trade unions must avoid doing the same”

Enter the janitor – merrily mixing up MSPs and the SNP

He could have been the janitor, or a weary geography teacher begging the lower fifth to set his car the right way up again. But the shambling figure who made his way to the podium was the leader of the Labour Party. At least for now. Not because he’s likely to be opposed as LabourContinue reading “Enter the janitor – merrily mixing up MSPs and the SNP”

The light on the hill is growing dim but still worth fighting for

It is not over. There is still hope. A single scarlet petal blooms defiantly on the withered stalk. The Labour Party lives yet. Jeremy Corbyn will be on the ballot paper for the forthcoming leadership election. Per the bizarre decision of the national executive committee, he will not require as much as a single nomination. ItContinue reading “The light on the hill is growing dim but still worth fighting for”

You won’t hear about this in the mainstream media

It started with a hiss. Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC News political editor, was trying to ask Jeremy Corbyn a question at a Remain event on Thursday. When she was introduced, a chorus of hisses and boos went up from the crowd. Kuenssberg has become a hate figure for Corbynistas, who are convinced she is pursuingContinue reading “You won’t hear about this in the mainstream media”

Labour is worth saving now, but by 2020…

Catherine McKinnell has resigned from the shadow cabinet. Yes, that Catherine McKinnell. The shadow attorney general. I honestly hadn’t heard of her until her resignation statement dropped on the news wires on Monday morning. I understand the pinnacle of her career thus far has been a spat with Gary Barlow, the Take That star, about taxContinue reading “Labour is worth saving now, but by 2020…”