Monthly Archives: January 2017

Labouring the Article 50 point

Some Labour MPs say they will vote against Article 50 because their constituents voted remain but this makes no sense. It leaves Labour looking shambolic and incoherent since twice as many Labour constituencies voted leave than remain. 74% of all … Continue reading

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Shame about Momentum

The under-reported ‘political coup’ by Jon Lansman and his supporters to impose a new constitution on Momentum  was designed to ward of supposed threats from ‘hard-left’ groups. The threat was actually quite small. Lansman probably had enough support among the … Continue reading

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Paul Mason clinging on by his fingernails

Paul Mason is still fighting the last war, his vision of the politics obscured by economics. Theresa May is right: there is no feasible political stopping off point short of exiting the single market and the customs union. Membership of … Continue reading

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Will Hutton joins the chorus of Corbyn critics

Will Hutton attacks Jeremy Corbyn in the Guardian because he is against pay caps although he thinks ‘pay should have a just, proportional and deserved link to the contribution that has been made’. Well, OK but pay caps (or ratios) reflect … Continue reading

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The Politics of Free Movement

Is the ‘free movement of people’, one of the four founding freedoms of the EU a principle that the left should defend? The pressure group ‘Another Europe is Possible’ seems to think so. But why? Strip away the associations of … Continue reading

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Demographics and Politics

It makes you think. The long term advice to Labour from the commentariat (and Labour’s right) has always been to go beyond the party’s ‘natural supporters’ in the working class. Most standard history reflects this view. Here is Martin Pugh … Continue reading

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