Strategy

Bad Education: The UCU and Casualisation

I’m very boring, and so I read a lot of reports by charities, think tanks and trade unions. The University and College Union (UCU) last month released a new report, “Second class academic citizens: The dehumanising effects of casualisation in higher education”. Based on research by Olivia Mason and Nick Megoran of Newcastle University, the report makes for interesting yet profoundly depressing…

Election 2019 – The Social Review’s Audit

In line with the best traditions of Superforecasting, at The Social Review we’ve decided to keep ourselves accountable and do a roundup of how our various pre-election predictions went down – and what we’re learning from them for future elections. Hugh Brechin – ‘I realised it wasn’t going to be 2017 again – except when I didn’t’ Predictions: Conservatives 38%, Labour 33%,…

Labour Isn’t Reflecting

On Sunday 15 December, Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby announced to staff the proposed timetable for the next party leadership election. The “period of reflection”, which Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would oversee as leader, will effectively end just 3 weeks after the party’s election defeat. Considering the state of the 2015 leadership contest up until the first BBC hustings, it is astonishing…

The View From The Ground

I joined the Labour Party on 13 December 2014.. In the five years since then, I’ve campaigned in three general elections, all three of which Labour has lost. I distinctly remember seeing “Conservatives Largest Party” flash up at 10pm on the 7th of May 2015 and thinking “oh god.” It was a feeling I knew I never wanted to feel again. But…

The election was a disaster but Labour activists give me hope for the future

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As a Corbyn fan, second referendum remainer and a member of the metropolitan elite (whether real or imagined), I am bracing for the incoming tide of blame after the result last week. In the last couple of days I have felt painful and true sadness like never before. Before this gets washed away with the introspection to come, I want to remember…

Saving Labour

Tony Blair opens the foreword to Phillip Gould’s The Unfinished Revolution with a piece of advice for the Labour party: “Start with an honest analysis of why you are in opposition”. It is a demand that moderates never cease to make of the membership, and it feels brutally necessary now.  It is impossible to understate how bad Labour’s defeat was. In every…