From the category archives:


The Inconvenient Truth of Tory Britain

October 15, 2015

Credit where credit is due. The Tories are an election winning machine. They have reduced their former coalition partners, the Lib Dems to a parliamentary rump, and they have reduced UKIP to the margins and they have reduced Labour to infighting and potential civil war. But that is as far as I am willing to […]

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Tories, Blairites and the “Centre-Ground” Myth

October 7, 2015

It is all about narrative. The current narrative within British politics is that the Tory Party has captured the “centre ground” of politics, a place vacated by Labour’s “lurch to the left.” It is yet another example of a narrative and trap being set by Tories and right wing commentators to hoodwink the public into […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech: New Labour is Dead. Long Live Real Labour.

September 30, 2015

“There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.” – Buffalo Springfield Jeremy Corbyn may well be onto something. Jeremy Corbyn has just bought himself a lot of time. A hell of a lot of time. His Labour Conference speech was a success. It was a speech packed full of compassion, sincerity, authenticity and […]

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What Pig-gate really tells us about David Cameron

September 23, 2015

According to a book authorised by Lord Ashcroft and written by Isabel Oakeshott, David Cameron may have performed an obscene act on a dead pig’s head while attending a braying toffs-only private members club at Oxford University. Who knows if this is true. But, the reason that this sordid little story received so much coverage […]

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Scottish Independence Referendum: One Year On

September 18, 2015

A year ago today, Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom. A year on from this historic day, it seems pretty clear that the genie has been let out of the independence bottle, and we have entered the world of Neverendum. The No vote secured a reasonably comfortable 55% of the vote on 18th […]

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Britain & The Middle East: An Idiot’s Guide to Failed Geopolitics

September 11, 2015

Syria before and after… The Middle East is a mess. Right across the region we have civil war and an escalating humanitarian disaster that has now created an unprecidented refugee crisis that is spilling across EU borders. It is heartening to see the huge surge in Western solidarity for the refugees, but rather worryingly, this […]

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Labour leadership: some reflections and analysis

August 22, 2015

I’ve been in Washington DC for a couple of days. Halfway between Capitol Hill and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue is the monumental old Post Office building, its tower a Washington landmark. The Postal Service sold it a few years ago to a certain hotel chain. The hoarding outside announces the process of the […]

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Why a Corbyn-led Left Wing Labour Could Win in 2020

August 14, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn, on current polling, is on course to win Labour’s leadership campaign. The latest polling has him 32% ahead of his rivals. This is staggering stuff. But, something more than just a new wave protest movement is rumbling on behind all of this. There are a number of factors behind this – ranging from […]

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Corbyn: Hero or Disaster?

August 12, 2015

It’s fair to say that the Labour leadership contest has caused some sharp differences of opinion among the All That’s Left team. We thought about each of us writing a separate piece for the blog but instead we’ve decided to go for full disclosure, Hilary Clinton style, with publication of our recent private email exchanges […]

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The Political Battle Between Principles and Power

July 27, 2015

What would you rather have? A political party in opposition that believes in something or a political party in government that believes in nothing? For me – principles must come first, ideally then followed by power. We have seen too many political parties completely ignoring principles for power. The current surge towards Jeremy Corbyn in […]

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Why Jeremy Corbyn Must Win The Labour Leadership Contest

July 22, 2015

The Labour Party is in an absolute mess. This once proud political organisation currently faces a greater existential crisis than either the Lib Dems or UKIP. It is disheartening for loyal Labour supporters and for any left-leaning voter in the UK. The country urgently needs an opposition with real clout and heft. As the Tories […]

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Will Last Night’s Welfare Vote Make Corbyn Labour’s Leader?

July 21, 2015

Labour’s leadership got it disastrously wrong yesterday. In choosing to abstain at the first reading of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, they decided that it was more important to chase the phantom promise of votes they think they might be able to win from the Tories by agreeing to punish the poor whilst forgetting […]

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So what will Osborne’s ‘One Nation’ look like?

July 9, 2015

The phrase made me want to hurl: ‘One Nation’. In Tory world that is supposed to make you a caring honourable person, someone who really cares about his fellow man, someone who is actually kind and gentle and genuinely ‘on your side.’ They have no idea. As Charlie said earlier, the ‘living wage’ is a […]

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Something About England: Welcome to the Tory Reich

July 9, 2015

They say immigrants steal the hubcaps Of respected gentlemen They say it would be wine an’ roses If England were for Englishmen again There was masters an’ servants an’ servants an’ dogs They taught you how to touch your cap But through strikes an’ famine an’ war an’ peace England never closed this gap The […]

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Budget 2015: Failed Osbornomics & Failed Opposition

July 8, 2015

George Osborne stands up in Parliament to announce his additional 2015 Budget today. This is a budget for the affulent elderly, Middle England and hefty inheritance beneficiaries. It isn’t a budget for those struggling on welfare. In essence, it is a classic Tory budget. Tax cuts for those who don’t really need it, and screw […]

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Great Political Speeches #4: Ken Livingstone Responds To The 7/7 Attacks

July 7, 2015

Ten years ago today terrorists attacked the London transport system in the middle of the morning rush hour with four separate suicide bombs, killing 52 people. Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister was at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.   His reaction was platitudinous and has been rightly wholly forgotten by history. The then Mayor of London, […]

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Left Wing Reasons for Leaving the EU

July 1, 2015

Should Britain remain in the EU? Yes or No? Pretty soon we will be asked that question in a referendum. As someone who feels European and is proud of the fact that we live on this wonderful continent of huge diversity and culture, my heart will always be towards as Yes vote. Increasingly however, I […]

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A New Model of Austerity: How to Eliminate the Deficit and Remove the Debt

June 25, 2015

Austerity isn’t working. Since the Tories came into power in 2010, the national debt has almost doubled to a staggering £1.5 trillion. The Tories have created more debt in five years than the entire period of the 1997-2010 Labour government. In fact, the Tories have created more debt than all Labour governments combined. – The […]

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Labour Leadership: The Zero Sum Game of Liz Kendall

June 19, 2015

The battle for the Labour leadership is a dispiriting affair. The campaign is too long (allowing the Tories to ratchet up their own nasty set of early parliamentary policies with little opposition) and the campaign offers not much in the way of big ideas and long term vision on how to make Labour a political […]

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Nailing the Lie – Seriously Good From Paul Krugman

June 15, 2015

Just read this (particularly if you are a candidate for the Labour leadership) and link to it.  That’s all.

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Trainspotting Guide to the Tories

June 9, 2015

Since the Tories won the election, I have felt angry, saddened and disheartened by the consistently bad choices that voters (predominantly in the South of England) make. I have come to the conclusion that the South of England is locked into the mindset of perpetual right-wing ideology and brainwashed by a cabal of political elite, […]

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Charles Kennedy – Principled. Charismatic. Liberal. Normal.

June 2, 2015

“Ignore things that don’t matter. Question things that do matter.” – Charles Kennedy, 1997. Charles Kennedy gave me these words of wisdom when I left my job as a Scottish Liberal Democrats researcher in 1997. Wise words indeed. These words reflect the man. News of his death has left me deeply saddened. He was a […]

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EU and NATO: Spot The Inconsistency

May 27, 2015

From today’s Queen’s Speech… “My government will renegotiate the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union and pursue reform of the European Union for the benefit of all member states. Alongside this, early legislation will be introduced to provide for an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union before the end of 2017.” And […]

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What the Next Labour Leader Should Say…

May 18, 2015

As Labour faces an existential crisis after a disastrous general election, we now have four months of hand wringing as Labour make the important decision of choosing their next Leader and Deputy Leader. This new appointment is possibly the most important decision of the history of the Labour Party. At present, Labour are in tatters. […]

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What Next for the Liberal Democrats?

May 14, 2015

Paddy Ashdown. David Lloyd George. William Gladstone. David Steel. Jo Grimond. Nick Clegg…your boys and girls took a hell of a beating… The biggest loser on election night was the Liberal Democrats. A party that prides itself on its resilience was reduced to a parliamentary husk. The Lib Dems are now left with a meagre […]

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Welcome to the Tory Vision of Orwellian Britain

May 13, 2015

According to media reports, David Cameron is going to tell his National Security Council this as he announces plans to crack down on radicalisation:- “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have […]

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Shy Lefties and the Tory Assumption

May 12, 2015

This afternoon the place where I work is having a champagne celebration of the election result. I don’t work at Conservative Party Central Office, but sometimes it feels like it.  I have had to endure weeks of a straight up assumption that I vote Tory and that a Labour minority government in an arrangement with […]

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Should Labour Go Short or Long?

May 11, 2015

Following the shortest resignation in history, Nigel Farage is back as the leader of UKIP this afternoon.   The Lib Dems (or what is left of them) have announced that they will resolve their two bald men fighting over a comb leadership contest by the middle of July.  But what of the official opposition.  What of […]

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#11: The Secret MP – A New Member Of Parliament

May 11, 2015

I am the new Secret MP. But, you can call me Douglas. My friends call me Deadly Doug, due to my eurosceptic views, pro fox hunting, pro austerity, One Nation Tory ideology. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I am now a Member of Parliament somewhere in the South West. I defeated my rival Keith, incumbent […]

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The Labour Party Need 2020 Vision

May 11, 2015

The Labour Party is dead. Long live the Labour Party. As Labour faces an existential crisis after a shattering election defeat, a period of navel gazing and endless discussions about whether they are more electable as a left-wing or centre ground party has begun. Welcome to the battle for the soul of the Labour Party. […]

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