Strategy

The Social Preview: Brecon and Radnorshire by-election

It was meant to be a relatively quiet year in Welsh politics, with the Labour – Liberal Democrat coalition in Cardiff Bay trundling on after the election of new First Minister Mark Drakeford. Meanwhile Plaid Cymru’s new leader Adam Price planned to take the time to find his feet and modernise the party, starting a ‘root-and-branch’ review of its internal machinery. With…

A Steel Spine for Ed Miliband

If Ed Miliband did not have a past, then he would surely have a future.  If the non-Corbyn left had to come up with a politician for leader post-Corbyn, it would probably look a lot like him. Ever since his electoral defeat in 2015, the former Labour leader has proved himself to be an interesting, engaging, empathetic man: quoting Gramsci at Rory…

New Labour’s Lessons

Two things can be true at once. In our increasingly febrile, fractured, and factional political morass, it is incumbent that we don’t lose sight of this fact. One can be wary of the ramifications of a second referendum, yet still reluctantly accept that it may be the best route out of our internecine impasse. One can support remaining in the European Union,…

A Second Referendum: What should Labour’s strategy be?

Photo Credit: Wiki Political historians like to talk about ‘watershed’ elections—elections that, either immediately or in retrospect, act as milestones for a paradigm shift within the electorate and a tangible sea change in wider society. The UK is more than familiar with such moments. For students of politics, years like 1931, 1945, 1979, and 1997 are etched so indelibly in their consciousnesses…

Aussie Rules: Trade Unions and Capitalist Realism

Capitalist realism maintains its cold, grey grip over Australian society. Australia’s conservative parties managed to barely win a majority at the federal election on May 18. The result was generally seen as a surprise with the election reported as Labor’s to lose. The conservatives lacked vision, were internally divided and putting the third parliamentary leader of their  six-year term of government to…

Go Local: the American Left and Tea Party

It is difficult to question that American leftism is enjoying prominence unparalleled in recent years. No longer is left-wing politics viewed as a vote-splitting sideshow, represented by third-party figures such as Ralph Nader or Jill Stein. Much of the Democratic Party, inspired by its activist base and the 2016 primary campaign of Bernie Sanders, has come to accept many ideas previously seen…