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Corbyn Clarification Clarified

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell say Labour will negotiate a free trade agreement outside the EU single market. Maybe yes, maybe no say Barry Gardner, shadow secretary for international trade and Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary, the following day. It … Continue reading

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Corbyn Clarity

I stand corrected already! Labour wants a ‘jobs-first’ Brexit, but one in the form of a bespoke agreement with the EU providing tariff free access outside the single market (Corbyn on Andrew Marr, McDonnell on Peston on Sunday). Well, it … Continue reading

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What do we know about Brexit and what should Labour do?

Apologies for a long post. Its that bloomin’ Brexit again! I should state a view from the outset. The starting point is Britain’s place in a world dominated by international corporations and a global financial elite, trade blocs and regional … Continue reading

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Cross Party Brexit?

Maybe it was a Brexit election after all? From the following day, and with increasing force, people are saying that hard Brexit is now impossible, that there is a parliamentary majority for soft Brexit – essentially membership of the single … Continue reading

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Labour’s Manifesto

Or Labour’s Santa vs. The Tory Scrooge according to Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian. He  thinks Labour largesse will be rejected despite the popularity of the party’s proposals because people still believe Labour crashed the economy in 2008. You might … Continue reading

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The Mélenchon Uprising

In France, Mélenchon, the candidate of a ‘left movement’ has drawn level with other leading contenders in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday (23rd April). If he goes into the second round with Le Pen Brexit will … Continue reading

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Don’t agree an election on June 8th!

How desperate am I, writing this on an unread blog on the morning after Jeremy Corbyn agreed to holding an election on 8th June? If there is a reason for 5-year parliaments it is precisely to stop prime ministers exploiting their … Continue reading

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