Christabel Cooper

Labour must offer a ‘better Brexit’

Christabel Cooper  |  29 March 2017

Build a winning coalition of Remain and Leave voters is possible if Labour displays the competence to deliver a better post-Brexit Britain than Theresa May, argues Christabel Cooper It seems a very long time ago that the United Kingdom Independence party was regarded as an existential threat to the political establishment. In the last few weeks they …

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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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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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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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The real meaning of #traingate

Christabel Cooper  |  31 August 2016

Is a train completely full only when every seat is occupied by a live human being, or is a train full when all the seats are merely reserved (either officially, or unofficially through the strategic deployment of a handbag on an empty chair?) There are valid arguments on either side, but whilst being a worthy …

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