History and Strategy

The Fight Of Our Lives

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(Picture credit: https://twitter.com/faizashaheen/status/1190647615962144775?s=20) We’ve been warned before. Kinnock warned us in 1983 not to be old, or sick, or young, or ordinary. We now face an election against a backdrop of falling life expectancy, thousands dead due to the economic policy of an uncaring government, a hostile environment against those who we deem ‘Other’ to us, a mental health crisis, stagnating wages, a…

Liminal Time

I don’t know what happens next. We’re in the between time, the fractal time. Anything could happen next. Election day is always strange, I think. A strange quiet after the long loud, the calm before the chaos and Curtice and all the rest. But stranger for me is the campaign itself – after however long a period of waiting, hoping, needing, finally…

Labour members asserted themselves at conference, but we need a more democratic party

This year’s Labour Party conference in Brighton was probably the most significant since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Leader in 2015. We saw, arguably for the first time, a significant portion of the pro-Corbyn membership asserting themselves and promoting radical positions that made the leadership uncomfortable.  These are the early signs of a Corbynism that is able to act without first looking to…

LEFTA: A Credible Leave Option

Alberto Smith & William Sorenson for LEFTA Cameron gambled, lost, and now we are all paying off his debts.  The past three years have been squandered due to political manoeuvring in all the major parties. And instead of bridging the expectations gap and having an internal debate over what could heal the divides that have been laid bare by the EU referendum,…

How the Labour Party should approach EU participation

The Labour Party’s divisions over Europe have always existed, although Brexit has brought them to unprecedented prominence. Instinctively, any strategist (armchair or otherwise) looking to unite the party on this issue is going to want to find a compromise position that combines a clear-eyed view of the necessity of at least avoiding No Deal, with the appearance of a streetwise aloofness towards…