“Meanwhile, the fabled ”red button” lies behind some large metallic door; speakers were overhead playing a modern techno rendition of ”Rule, Britannia” on repeat as our intrepid leader dances giddily towards it.” (Read More)
In the Labour Party split, there are two main factions that formed after the general election. They both hold different outlooks on the same conventional wisdom in British politics. This division derives from those who are seen as more left within the party and those that are seen as more moderate. The conventional narrative of British politics, which both sides have a different reading of, is that the Labour party was unelectable for 18 years because of disputes over how left wing or moderate the party should be. The party took unpopular far left policies thereby ruining its electability.
This narrative is what has pushed the party to see the situation with two different truths. The moderates read the Corbyn left, as disconnected with what the country would desire and is unelectable, just like the Labour of the 80s. The more left-wing in the party see Corbyn as having formed a different left. The similarities between them and 80s Labour are not problematic because the change in the world since the Cold war has made it so the issues should be viewed in a different light, such as nuclear disarmament. (Read More)
Leadership aside, Labour has some huge hurdles to overcome before the 2020 general election. The ‘full of what we already knew’ Beckett report into Labour losing the 2015 general election does contain one particularly shocking paragraph. (Read More)
Jeremy Corbyn has now concluded his first visit to Scotland since becoming Labour Party Leader but what chances does the veteran left-winger have of reviving the Party north of the border?
So Corbyn’s phone attributations are neat, but not new, and if a leader was not asking the questions that the public wanted to know anyway then something has gone awry. As for the speak softly, carry a big stick approach of Corbyn, he should do as he does with his questions and attribute to the source of his ‘different’ approach. Namely, Ruth, Kezia, Willie and Nicola fae Scotland. (Read More)
The pundits are busy punditting away, the same pundits who said David Cameron would never be Prime Minister, that the winner of the 2010 election would have a poisoned chalice and be doomed in 2015, that 2015 would see Labour as the largest party and that the SNP would never break through as it has done. They have been wrong before, they may well be wrong again. Jeremy Corbyn was written-off from the start and won with an astonishing majority. His victory is neither that of a rank amateur or a fool. To write him off now as many will try and do would be an act of astonishing arrogance. (Read More)