Articles by Christabel Cooper
Christabel Cooper is a Labour party member

Philip Hammond’s deficit denial

Christabel Cooper  |  17 March 2017

With a hard Brexit looming, the government is keen to forget all about the deficit – it is Labour’s job to make sure it does not, argues Christabel Cooper Back in the summer of 2015 – those halcyon days when Labour were a piffling eight points behind in the opinion polls – I attended a Progress …

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Theresa May: The Enigmatic Prime Minister

Christabel Cooper  |  9 March 2017

Rosa Prince’s uncritical biography does little to uncover the real prime minister, finds Christabel Cooper ‘The Enigmatic Prime Minister’ is a highly appropriate subtitle for this new biography of Theresa May. Huge contradictions continue to surround her: between the party chairman who declared in 2002 that the Tories had to stop being seen as the …

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Preventing a disastrous Brexit

Christabel Cooper  |  1 February 2017

Labour must accept the result of the referendum, but it does not have to accept Theresa May’s warped version of Brexit, argues Christabel Cooper Much of Theresa May’s Brexit speech two weeks ago came as little surprise. The announcement that the United Kingdom would not seek to remain a member of the single market had the …

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Hard Brexit is not in the Labour interest

Christabel Cooper  |  10 January 2017

Labour does not need to support a hard Brexit in order to recast itself as a nation-building party, argues Christabel Cooper. This article is part of The Labour Interest series. Anyone seeking an explanation for Britain’s vote to leave the European Union without reference to culture and identity is on a hiding to nothing. So when Jonathan …

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Defending diversity

Christabel Cooper  |  12 December 2016

If there is any philosophy underpinning Donald Trump’s assorted ramblings, it is the idea imported from his ultra-capitalist approach to business, that life is a zero-sum game; that you can only prosper if someone else is diminished. One of the messages that seems to have resonated strongly with rural white voters in particular, was that …

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In defence of pollsters

Christabel Cooper  |  21 November 2016

Social liberals and anyone on the progressive side of politics were not the only people to have a terrible night on Tuesday 8 November. The polling industry again found itself under fire as Donald Trump defied their predictions and defeated Hillary Clinton to become president-elect. Following the complete misreading of the 2015 British general election …

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Parking trouble

Christabel Cooper  |  2 November 2016

Many Labour supporters found Theresa May’s keynote speech to the Tory conference disheartening for (at least) two reasons. The speech signalled a worrying lurch towards hard Brexit, but it also contained the ominous rumbling sound of tanks lining up to park themselves on Labour’s lawn. The prime minister went through a list of policy areas …

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There is no mandate for hard Brexit

Christabel Cooper  |  18 October 2016

I remember the morning of 23 June very well. I remember leaving home to run a committee room in west London in a state of unhappy dread. I remember the rain starting and worrying about the effect on turnout. I also remember that the ballot paper I received in the polling station had nothing to …

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Unity should be earned, not demanded

Christabel Cooper  |  3 October 2016

Who doesn’t want a unified Labour party? It is obvious that civil war costs us dearly. Following Jeremy Corbyn’s decisive victory in the leadership election, calls for unity came thick and fast at Labour’s conference in Liverpool. But, given the depths of the divisions within the party, this will not be an easy task. The …

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Early evening socialism

Christabel Cooper  |  13 September 2016

Like many working mothers, the news that I was the victim of discrimination by being excluded (because of my gender) from after-work drinks, came as something of a surprise. An analysis of after-work drinking (or ‘early evening socialising’ as it is apparently known) in my own workplace, plus a wider sample drawn from walking past …

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