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A movement without motion

Gabriel Gavin  |  16 February 2017

The agonising descent of Labour under Jeremy Corbyn is a symptom of the party’s lack of ideas, argues Gabriel Gavin Last week’s rumours of Jeremy Corbyn’s political demise now seem to have been greatly exaggerated. For some, the inevitable departure of the worst leader of the opposition in living memory is a cure-all for Labour’s ailments. …

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Corbyn’s fragile grip loosens

Conor Pope  |  13 February 2017

Compared to past reshuffles, Jeremy Corbyn’s latest shows him at his weakest, writes Progress deputy editor Conor Pope This is the fifth shadow cabinet reshuffle since Jeremy Corbyn became leader just 17 months ago, and the first that I have not had to cover as a reporter. It has not been the most eventful of his term …

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Anti-west

Grace Skelton  |  3 February 2017

It is anti-imperialism that drives Jeremy Corbyn and his hard-left cadre, argues Grace Skelton Speak to most Momentum activists and they will proudly tell you that for decades Jeremy Corbyn has stood shoulder to shoulder with those struggling against the establishment and has expressed solidarity with civil rights causes across the world. So why has …

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Last resort not never resort

Ian McKenzie  |  13 December 2016

It turns out they were wrong, those people who told us that the only outcome to the Syrian genocide was a political solution. It turns out that there were two military solutions after all. One was to arm the secular moderate opposition to the fascist Assad, who were asking for a few MANPADS to down …

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Not enough

Stephen Bush  |  2 December 2016

The rise of Brexit and Trump means Labour must deal with ‘very real concerns’, writes Stephen Bush While it is overly simplistic to see the triumph of Donald Trump as only the American progressives’ film adaptation of the European left’s novel, it bore some of the hallmarks of the continental original. The left ran up …

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A sober statement for sober times

Allen Simpson  |  23 November 2016

There is a well trodden formula to government finance announcements. The chancellor rumbles on about why the economy is heading in the right direction under his watch but doom would surely result if the feckless opposition were in charge. Then after the cleansing sorbet of one of those jokes only politicians find funny, they say …

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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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The constitutional talking shop

John McTernan  |  10 November 2016

What is it about Labour and the constitution?  After a series of electoral setbacks, there always comes the demand for constitutional reforms. The Labour party has suffered shattering defeats over the last six years – two general elections, two Scottish elections, the Brexit referendum and, most damaging of all, two elections of Jeremy Corbyn as leader. …

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Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics

Roger Liddle  |  10 November 2016

Ed Balls’ Speaking Out will be regarded as one of best written and readable political autobiographies of his generation. It is not in the class of Denis Healey’s The Time of My Life, though there are some interesting parallels between Balls and Healey – serious intellectuals with brilliant minds, both bruisers in build and temperament, …

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Mountain to climb

Jade Azim  |  7 November 2016

Jade Azim describes the five steps the Labour leadership must now take Conference season is long over, but the Conservatives have continued their pitch to the nation of a hard Brexit and insular country. Labour, meanwhile, lags in the polls by 17 percentage points. This historic margin should be regarded as a betrayal of our voters – or, …

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