Within Westminster

Parliament, Maternity Leave and the Dehumanisation of Female MPs

Parliament is an institution that attracts deep disdain. It is home to a political class hated by its people. It is also a workplace. It is an archaic workplace. Its workers are all points of derision. Protesters crowd outside everyday on Parliament Square to wave placards that read ‘Parliament versus the People’. These protesters will yell at any parliamentarians they identify, who…

The very real limits of Chris Leslie’s non-ideological ideology

If we’re to move entirely past the rather ideologically bankrupt centre-left consensus that emerged in the aftermath of 2008, we need to get into what the defining issues of that consensus are — its main tenets and its main flaws. A good case study of this is a pamphlet authored by former Shadow Chancellor and notable opponent of the hard left, whoever they are,…