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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…

Notes on Labour’s Loss

Over the next six months (and sadly, possibly longer) a lot of people are going to write a lot of ‘takes’ on why Labour lost this election. Judging by the stack that have already been written less than a week after the election, these takes will mostly be single-minded, arguing that one particular factor was the sole reason behind the Labour Party’s…

The TTIP of the Iceberg: Why Labour can win on the NHS and trade

Earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn revealed that the Government has held secret trade talks with the US on healthcare and medicines – despite Boris Johnson’s repeated claim that the NHS is “not on the table in any way”.  The 400 pages of leaked documents confirm what many who work in trade policy already knew: the US’s absolute priority in a future trade…

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…

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…