History and Strategy

The Way Forward for the Labour Right

With the prospect of a General Election looming once again, many in Labour are panicking. Much of the debate is reaching a fever pitch within the Labour right amongst former Blairites, Brownites and social democrats who never truly accepted Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. As in early 2017, many dread the prospect of electoral annihilation, whereas others fear a Corbyn victory even more. The…

Rethinking Scottish Labour

Since the advent of devolution and the subsequent re-emergence of the independence movement, Scottish politics has changed beyond recognition. Successive elections and the Brexit process seem to suggest that Scottish and English politics are now on completely different trajectories, calling into question the stability of the union. Independence is now seen by many as an inevitability, with a recent poll showing only…

What Next?

Jeremy Corbyn will not lead the Labour Party forever. This is true whether you think he is to step down within the next five months as opposition leader or within the next five to ten years as Prime Minister. The shape of the post-Corbyn left is, therefore, as yet undecided. The future is absolutely up for grabs. It is important to start…

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…

Towards Federalism? Part Three

Part One Part Two The Politics of a Federal UK While it’s fun to imagine structural alterations to the UK’s constitutional arrangements, there must of course be a point to this tinkering. Aside from rationalising the present devolution settlement and addressing the problem of inadequate local government accountability and provisioning, these federalising changes could go some way towards calming some of the…