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Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn’s Copeland Catastrophe?

March 1, 2017

There is no doubt that Labour’s performance in the Copeland by-election last week was historically bad: a government last won a by-election seat off an opposition in 1982. But Jeremy Corbyn’s most die-hard supporters have tried to explain this poor result away. Do their arguments hold any weight? You have read the headlines: this is […]

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Jeremy Corbyn and the Cult of Personality

July 25, 2016

Battle is joined. After Angela Eagle had the balls to step up and challenge Corbyn for the Labour leadership and then nobly stood aside for Owen Smith so there was a unity challenger, we now have maybe the last chance to save the Labour Party as a coherent political force. Something that after Brexit and […]

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Does Jeremy Corbyn Need the Support of 51 MPs to be on the Leadership Ballot?

July 11, 2016

By the end of Wednesday we will have a new Prime Minister, as Theresa May succeeds David Cameron, without challenge. The Tories will to power is once again triumphant – they made the mistake once in 2001, choosing IDS over Ken Clarke – we know now that they won’t make it again. Andrea Leadsom will […]

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Labour’s Catch 22

July 10, 2016

Given that there is now going to be a leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn, as he refuses to stand down despite losing the confidence of the Parliamentary Labour Party, the position seems to be: (i) Labour’s NEC implementing the Rules keep Jeremy Corbyn off the ballot (as he will not be able to get the […]

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Week 4: Hero – Jeremy Corbyn

January 24, 2016

This week’s hero of the week award goes to Jeremy Corbyn for visiting the Calais ‘Jungle’ and Grande-Synthe (Dunkirk) refugee camps and for his call for a more concerted effort by Britain to tackle the problem of the refugee crisis. Corbyn may be swamped by the internal destructive forces within the Labour Party, but no […]

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King of the Mountains Award 2015

January 3, 2016

Our annual end of year King of the Mountains prize is awarded to whoever has seen their reputation make the most significant climb upwards over the past year. In 2010, this went to Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan, for transforming himself from a Manchester United joke figure to one of the stars of the 2010 World […]

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Week 52: Prat – Jeremy Corbyn

December 29, 2015

The final Prat of the Week award goes to Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn for not shutting the fuck up One thing remarkable about the new Labour leadership is just how incompetent it is. There are all kinds of things that can be said about the ideological direction of the Labour Party under Jeremy […]

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Week 49: Prat – The Stop The War Coalition

December 14, 2015

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the Stop the War Coalition for showing ISIS some love Let’s be honest for those of us on the democratic left, there are few things more annoying than trots.   Always hijacking every protest going, selling their asinine papers, chanting their trite slogans, bringing along a thousands […]

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Week 48: Prat – John McDonnell MP

December 14, 2015

The long overdue Prat of the Week award from a fortnight ago goes to Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell You’ve got the chancellor of the exchequer exactly where you want him. He has u-turned on the centre piece policy of his ‘necessary’ welfare cuts, the abolition of tax credits. The bullshit that somehow a measily […]

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By-election special: Oldham West and Royton

November 29, 2015

Thursday sees the first Parliamentary by-election of this Parliament and with it the first true electoral test of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. With some electoral symmetry, Oldham was the scene of the first by-election of the previous Parliament, which saw Labour hold on to Oldham East and Saddleworth. Below is the May General Election result for […]

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Week 45: Villain – General Sir Nicholas Houghton

November 20, 2015

Last Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Nicholas Houghton One of the defining differences between developed democracies and authoritarian regimes is that the armed forces in democracy don’t involve themselves in politics. It is one of the reasons that the impression given in certain countries in […]

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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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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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Week 30: Prat – The Parliamentary Labour Party

July 31, 2015

The very belated Prat Award for Last Week goes to the Parliamentary Labour Party My my it has been a busy time – hence the lateness of this post, but better late than never… Oh dear. George Osborne sets a trap with the reduction in the benefits cap and sadly but predictably the Labour Party […]

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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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