Editorial

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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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Nothing leftwing about leaving

Editorial  |  2 June 2016

The biggest decision facing Britain for a generation comes before voters at the end of the month. The question is simple: ‘Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’ The only choice is ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’. There is no third way, no protest vote option, no ‘reopen …

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Khan and must

Editorial  |  1 April 2016

London is the world’s most brilliant city. Whether it is its response to the 7/7 atrocities or as the city that hosted the globe’s best Olympics yet, it is the coming together of culture, diversity and opportunity that makes it so. Labour in Sadiq Khan has a candidate who in many ways is the personification of that melting pot …

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Power behind the throne

Editorial and Ayesha Hazarika  |  5 March 2016

Six years out of power and Labour party members are – rightly – still damn proud of its record on women. Passing the Equality Act on Labour’s last day in office is something that inspires talk of the first act of a future Labour government. The achievements are a testament to all the Labour women who …

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Time to stop blaming the media

Editorial  |  28 January 2016

‘Imagine my initial confusion’, tweeted Labour member of parliament Jess Phillips, ‘as I worked in sexual health MSM means Men who have Sex with Men’. The MSM, or the so-called ‘mainstream media’, has become the scapegoat for many about the grievances they feel with the world. If it is not going their way, it must be …

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