Corbyn may weather the storm of the Independent Group, but he must act now if he is to retain Labour’s moral legitimacy

Jeremy Corbyn, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Harold Wilson said of the Labour Party that it is either “a moral crusade, or it is nothing”. Much of Labour’s identity lies in its moral aspirations, positioning itself in opposition to the ‘nasty’ Conservative Party. It is an effective political message, one that has attracted many voters around the world. In the eyes of… Continue Reading ➤

The Independent Group: a Grey Wave?

Luciana Berger, former Labour MP and founder of the Independent Group. Source: Flickr

Wednesday morning saw the crisis unleashed by the resignation of seven Labour MPs take a new turn. Two days after the formation of the ‘Independent Group’, amidst criticisms of Corbyn’s Brexit policy, the party’s handling of antisemitism and concerns about Labour no longer being the ‘broad church’ it had once been, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston… Continue Reading ➤

A Broken Shame-Machine: the Shameful State of Political Shamelessness

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I can remember, years ago, possibly inspired by an early incantation of the long-running Steve Bell cartoon which depicted David Cameron as a condom, rather naively asking my father why politicians were not embarrassed, as most of us might be, to be so universally hated. He reminded me that the politicians who filled Westminster generally… Continue Reading ➤

Has the Left Lost its Way? – An Interview with Aaron Bastani

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Aaron Bastani is the co-founder of Novara media. He holds a PhD from the New Political Communication Unit, University of London and has written for Vice, London Review of Books, The Guardian and Open Democracy. It is commonplace that the past half-decade, from Brexit to the US presidential election, has been tumultuous for the political… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Nick Cohen

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Nick Cohen is a writer and political commentator. He contributes to the Observer, Guardian, Spectator, Time and Standpoint magazine. Nick has published a number of books, including What’s Left? How the Left Lost Its Way (2007) which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing. Alastair: We’d like to start off by talking about liberalism and… Continue Reading ➤

Forget the SNP: what about the DUP?

Peter Robinson at a DUP party conference. The leader of the 4th largest party after the last election may become a key presence in any coalition talks after May 7.

The next general election is less than a month away, and although everyone is as ignorant as each other about what will happen once the country goes to the polls on May 7th, everyone has their own prediction. What will Sturgeon offer? How will the Greens do? What are the chances of a Conservative-UKIP deal?… Continue Reading ➤

The Lib Dems’ big problem: and how to solve it

A Lib Dem 'Facebook flashmob' in Trafalgar Square before the 2010 election, when Lib Dem fortunes were at their apex. But a failure to articulate a clear message is making this election battle significantly more difficult.

Becoming a Lib Dem was never a fashionable choice. But never in my lifetime has my party been as unpopular as it currently is. Much of the dissatisfaction arises from our decision to join – and, to some extent, our priorities during – a Coalition which our leader always said he was open to considering,… Continue Reading ➤

The Greens: unprincipled and incompetent?

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“They have fine ideals, they’re just very naïve.” So remarks a resident of Brighton & Hove about the Greens, the party running the local council. Even a cursory glance at how the authority has been managed since 2011 when the Greens took office reveals a great deal to support this view. They doubled parking charges… Continue Reading ➤

Fourth past the post: what 2015 could mean for electoral reform

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With the general election now six weeks away, the political landscape of the United Kingdom could hardly seem more fractured. Divided between the establishment parties and the surging forces of UKIP, Green and SNP, it is seeming increasingly unlikely that the electorate will provide a clear winner on May 7th. This chaotic state of affairs… Continue Reading ➤

Playing politics: Do the numbers stack up?

Spot the George: Has the Budget merely become an exercise in political theatre?

As we approach the General Election in May, there will inevitably be a steady flurry of manifesto pledges and pre-election bribes from all of the major political parties. Just recently, Labour announced plans to cut tax relief for the wealthiest pensioners in order to fund a slash in university tuition fees by one-third. Add this… Continue Reading ➤