Interviews

Charlotte Nichols MP interview: “To me, Judaism is about sanctifying life on earth rather than securing a reward in a world to come, and that … really focuses me.”

Charlotte Nichols has been the MP for Warrington North since December last year. Charlotte’s Jewish, and for Jewish people this is a significant time of the year, the Omer, which is the counting of the days from Pesach, the festival of freedom, to Shavuot, the festival of revelation. On Shavuot, the story of Ruth, the archetypal Jew who became Jewish later in…

James Meadway Interview: “There are ways to end neoliberalism globally that are not progressive, and this will (increasingly) be the terrain the left is fighting on.”

James Meadway is a former advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Previously, he was the Chief Economist at the New Economics Foundation and he is currently writing a book on left wing economics. In his interview with this website, he outlines the principles of Corbynomics, discusses a Green New Deal and explains why he thinks MMT would be such a misstep for…

Jo Swinson Said Trans Rights

In recent years, the Mumsnet Q&A has become a staple of British politics. Senior politicians such as David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have all run the gauntlet of answering questions from the parenting website’s users at some point or another. Interviews typically range from light-hearted personal questions – “what is your favourite biscuit” being a favourite which Gordon…

Stephen Bush: “Our political discourse happens in an arena we don’t regulate, don’t control, and where the business model is cat pictures.”

Part IV: What does social media mean for the future of political campaigning? The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the Labour leadership elections. The second part covered what Labour’s centre-left can learn from the new media landscape, and the third…

Stephen Bush: “There are loads of reasons why the Tories are going to have a bad night.”

Part III: Is two party politics back again or dead again? The effect of social media on general and local election campaigns, and the future for Change UK and the Lib Dems The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the Labour…

Stephen Bush: “The problem is that the centre-left has learned from Corbyn, but not the Corbyn of 2015.”

Part II: Arguing from values: what Labour’s centre-left can learn from the new social media landscape The first part of our interview with New Statesman political editor Stephen Bush on how social media has changed the political landscape covered the effects it had on the last two Labour leadership elections and the last general election. In part two, we discuss what the…

Stephen Bush: “In an odd way, I think all of this would’ve happened anyway”

Part I: More in the country than in the party? How much of a difference the new social media landscape made for Corbyn in the Labour leadership elections and in 2017 The Social Review at the end of April had the chance to meet with Stephen Bush, the political editor of the New Statesman. Bush covered both Labour leadership elections after the…