A new establishment

Editorial  |  7 July 2017

There are lessons for all sides from this general election Just weeks ago Labour looked consigned to the opposition benches for decades. The Tories had a lock on older voters, a prime minister with impressive personal ratings, and talented campaigners in the back rooms. They had plans to use the levers of power to manipulate …

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Celebrating success

Editorial  |  4 April 2017

There is no going back to New Labour, only going forward with its ‘attitude of mind’ The Labour party finds success a challenge. It is much more au fait with failure – it expects it. The Conservative party ran Britain for 57 years of the last century. This century started with an attempt to change those numbers. However, …

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Another wake-up call

Editorial  |  3 March 2017

The Copeland byelection was a rejection of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics The February byelection results are so bad it is taking some time for them to sink in. Jeremy Corbyn becomes the first Labour leader since Michael Foot to lose a seat in opposition to the government. Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian asks, ‘Was it the worst result for an opposition since 1945 …

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British workers for British jobs

Editorial  |  9 February 2017

A future Labour government must shake-up skills on the scale the last transformed the NHS ‘We toured the country to talk about immigration and came back talking about skills’, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer tells this magazine (page 20) in his exclusive interview. Putting together this edition went on a similar journey. Whether it was commissions on Brexit, …

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The un-Clinton campaign

Editorial  |  5 December 2016

Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory are consistently understood as a working-class uprising against the establishment and blunt messages from the voters that they want more action on immigration. Like it or not, both were votes for change. While 2.8 million ‘non-voters’ in the United Kingdom mean Britain is leaving the European Union, in the US relatively …

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Permission politics

Editorial  |  3 November 2016

The prime minister closed her party’s conference with a bold pitch for the ‘centre-ground’ of British politics. It lacked real vision, it certainly lacked consistency, and it lacked policy commitments. But it did not lack chutzpah. Simply saying you are on the centre-ground does not make it so. The public, not prime ministers, decide where the centre-ground lies. Politicians play …

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‘Clause One socialists’ will win the day

Editorial  |  22 September 2016

The long Labour summer has been drawn-out and frustrating. No more so than for Owen Smith who trudged around the country making his case to the Labour party membership, significant proportions of which believe either Labour can win under Jeremy Corbyn or do not care about Labour winning. The Corbyn project moves Labour away from being …

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Heart-breaking times

Editorial  |  23 August 2016

‘We’re in interesting times’ – this is how moderates describe Labour’s turmoil when they want friends and family to know they are aware Labour is in a bad place but do not want to increase further the alienation from those who voted Labour at the last election, let alone from the million switchers it needs to win …

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Labour must remain ‘Remain’

Editorial  |  13 July 2016

The independence referendum in Scotland loomed large over last month’s European Union referendum. It became a convenient truth for Labour that one of the things that led to Scottish Labour’s current predicament was the cross-party nature of Better Together, the designated and official ‘No’ to independence campaign. This was a truth manufactured by the Scottish National party …

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We need to take a lead

Claire Kober  |  7 July 2016

Come along to this weekend’s conference, Governing for Britain: Local answers to national questions – get your ticket here ———————————— Julia Langdon, former political editor of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Telegraph, said on Radio 4 recently that she did not want to predict what was going to happen over the next week as it …

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