Labour

Starmer secures a narrow victory against the left

27 September 2021 7:07 am

Keir Starmer this evening managed to scrape through his reforms to how Labour elects its leader. The victory follows a…

How Labour wins

26 September 2021 6:13 am

Labour can win the next election. The winds that blew apart their electoral coalition in 2019 can change in their…

Starmer's essay is gold dust for Boris

25 September 2021 3:30 pm

Keir Starmer’s incredible shrinking pamphlet was initially said to run to 14,000 words, then 13,000, then 12,500 and now 11,000…

Keir Starmer’s essay is a cliché-ridden disaster

23 September 2021 9:48 pm

Many years ago, a tabloid newspaper played an unkind prank on the author of a very long and much talked-about…

Keir Starmer: my vision for the future of the Labour party

23 September 2021 7:00 pm

Below is the full text of Keir Starmer’s essay, published by the Fabian Society, on his vision for the Labour…

Starmer's shameful silence on the Rosie Duffield trans row

21 September 2021 3:45 pm

One of the most shocking images from the Corbyn years of the Labour party was Luciana Berger flanked by police…

Boris and Priti can't blame France for the Channel migrant crisis

7 September 2021 9:17 pm

The sun is beating down again, the waves are less choppy in the English Channel and the small boats full…

Why Boris Johnson’s opponents keep failing

30 August 2021 4:13 pm

Which Boris Johnson should Labour fight? There is little doubt about the personality traits most left-wing activists think they have…

Why are Labour politicians siding with Ken Loach?

17 August 2021 3:31 am

Richard Leonard, former leader of the Scottish Labour party, has posted a photograph of himself standing beside Ken Loach on…

Boris's poll slump isn't such good news for Starmer

2 August 2021 8:10 pm

Labour narrowing the poll gap with the Conservatives has got to be good news for Keir Starmer, right? Wrong, actually.…

Floods force Labour reconciliation

29 July 2021 3:07 am

The morass of flooding politics have claimed a fair few scalps over the years. Those with long memories will recall the…

Starmer faces a difficult summer

27 July 2021 10:20 pm

Like Covid data, polling data has a built-in time lag of several days. Those sifting the evidence on coronavirus typically…

Kicking out the cranks won't save Labour

20 July 2021 3:30 pm

There is a problem with Sir Keir Starmer’s reported plan to expel 1,000 Labour members associated with ‘poisonous’ groups, and…

Jess Phillips and the assault on biology

18 July 2021 6:35 pm

Jess Phillips thinks that transwomen — like me — are not female, but we should be treated as women. She…

Keir Starmer's fundamental problem

17 July 2021 4:05 pm

Half a century ago, Willie Whitelaw accused Harold Wilson of ‘going around the country stirring up apathy’. I can think…

Why are Labour MPs excusing Cuba’s authoritarian regime?

16 July 2021 2:37 am

Thousands have taken to the streets in Cuba this week to protest against the authoritarian government that rules over them.…

Labour's unlocking problem

7 July 2021 1:20 am

Labour is unhappy with the government’s plan for unlocking, with leader Sir Keir Starmer calling it ‘reckless’. In the Commons…

Labour’s disastrous switch to economic nationalism

5 July 2021 8:48 pm

The government will ‘Buy British’ whenever possible. A new law would force every public body to publish the percentage of…

The problem with linking trade deals to human rights

4 July 2021 5:30 pm

Trade deals are in the air post-Brexit, but not everybody is happy. In a speech this week Frances O’Grady, the…

Can Labour afford to continue its culture war?

2 July 2021 9:51 pm

After being soundly beaten by the Tories in Hartlepool and winning a paltry 1.6 per cent of the vote share…

How Keir Starmer can rescue his leadership

2 July 2021 8:23 pm

In January 1990 things looked truly bleak for Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. He had not won a trophy…

What does Starmer actually stand for?

29 June 2021 11:55 pm

The biggest reason Keir Starmer has proved a flop is not that he leads an unelectable rabble, or that Labour’s…

How crises shape government

28 June 2021 9:14 pm

Crises often exhaust the capacity of governments to renew themselves. All consuming problems do not allow prime ministers to have…

Why Labour should stick with Starmer – even if he loses Batley

28 June 2021 8:19 pm

Things could be bleak for Labour in the Batley and Spen by-election this Thursday. Throughout an ugly and dispiriting campaign…

Labour's worrying descent into communalism

23 June 2021 12:26 am

Labour’s candidate in Batley and Spen, Kim Leadbeater, reportedly pulled out of a hustings featuring George Galloway over the weekend.…