Labour Party

Labour vs the unions

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The Labour party is preparing for power and the unions are deciding what role they might play. Friend or foe?…

Jonathan Ashworth: ‘We are at risk of a lost generation’

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Jonathan Ashworth on Labour’s plans to cut unemployment

Can Labour win back Scotland?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

When the political cabinet met on Tuesday, by-elections were on the agenda. The Prime Minister is facing four of them.…

Is Labour bluffing on Lords reform?

22 June 2023 9:22 pm

Is Labour really going to reform the House of Lords? The party has ended up in a bit of a…

Red Rishi: the Prime Minister’s political makeover

3 June 2023 9:00 am

The Tories are trying on Labour’s clothes

How Rishi Sunak should react to the Ely riot

27 May 2023 9:00 am

‘There’s a lot of societal issues in Ely,’ said an anonymous caller to BBC Radio Wales the morning after the…

A Lib-Lab coalition would be hilarious

15 May 2023 11:10 pm

Talk of a new Labour-Lib Dem coalition is in the air. This is piquantly nostalgic to those of us whose…

After 50 years: where next for VAT?

1 April 2023 7:26 pm

What is the appropriate act to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Value Added Tax in the UK? Are we celebrating?…

Is it time to ban second jobs for MPs?

27 March 2023 4:59 pm

There are some genres of newspaper story that never die. Among them are sightings of Lord Lucan, public moralists discovered…

Things can always get worse

8 October 2022 9:00 am

As I was saying, way back in July, it is hard to love the Conservative party. Every time it tries…

I feel sorry for Kwasi Kwarteng

8 October 2022 9:00 am

In Singapore last week, I was asked: do ministers just come in, reach for the dumbest available policy and go…

Rupa Huq and the politics of prejudice

1 October 2022 9:00 am

The Labour party’s contribution to the national debate this week has included the idea that someone can be ‘superficially’ black.…

Portrait of the week: Chancellor unveils his unBudget, Hilary Mantel dies and corgi prices soar

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Home Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented a far-reaching ‘fiscal event’ (ineligible to be called a Budget), said…

‘We’re so close’: there’s a cautious optimism at Labour conference

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Cautious optimism at the Labour party conference

After Boris: what will politics look like?

3 September 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has so dominated politics for the past few years that it is hard to imagine things without him.…

British politics is stuck

25 June 2022 9:00 am

One of the favourite phrases of British political commentators is ‘oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them’. As with all…

After Starmer: what’s next for Labour?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

What’s next for Labour – and the Tories?

Has Putin saved Boris?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

It was with some relief that I heard that Labour’s Diane Abbott was opposed to the Russian invasion of Croatia,…

No one has done more to save Boris than Keir Starmer

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Boris Johnson has a lot of people to thank for his survival in 10 Downing Street, but Keir Starmer should…

Boris will never recover from partygate

5 February 2022 9:00 am

When a political party is hit by a crisis, the tendency these days is for both the politicians and their…

Why scrapping business rates is a bright idea

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A worthwhile policy proposal amid the Labour conference dogfight? Now there’s a surprise. But shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’s scheme to…

Portrait of the week: Petrol panic, Labour’s meltdown and China’s crypto crackdown

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Home The crisis of the week was a shortage of fuel at garages. ‘There is no need for people to…

Its own opposition: Labour’s conference was all about in-fighting

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Labour’s conference was all about in-fighting

Labour has gone back to 1983

2 October 2021 9:00 am

One day quite soon someone at a petrol pump is going to get a tyre iron wrapped around their head.…

The tactics of victimhood

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Late last week the Labour deputy leader was the subject of a glowing profile in the Times. The piece described…