Labour

Keir Starmer and the 'Pasokification' of Labour

12 May 2021 4:00 pm

As the Greek debt crisis took hold in the wake of the financial crash, there was one big political casualty.…

Nine lessons from the elections

10 May 2021 10:44 pm

Here are the big things I learned from Thursday’s elections and their aftermath. 1. The Scottish parliament will vote to…

Starmer is Labour's Iain Duncan Smith

10 May 2021 9:25 pm

After a gruelling election campaign the most important thing to do is to have a rest and have a think. Everyone…

Who is more upset about Labour's results: Starmer or the BBC?

9 May 2021 6:00 pm

It’s not just the Labour Party which is institutionally incapable of understanding why the Conservative Party kicked the hell out…

Andy Burnham makes life more difficult for Starmer

9 May 2021 3:40 am

As Keir Starmer spends the weekend working out how exactly to bounce back from disappointing results for his party in the…

Welsh Labour proves again it's a distinctive, winning brand

9 May 2021 1:25 am

After the news of a Tory landslide in Hartlepool was announced early Friday morning, senior Welsh Labour figures were worried.…

Boris shouldn't take the red wall vote for granted

7 May 2021 7:49 pm

There are two popular reactions to the Hartlepool by-election, which one you favour depending largely on your political tribe. The…

Can Starmer reverse the horror of Hartlepool?

7 May 2021 6:55 pm

The Tory victory in Hartlepool, with a swing of 16 per cent and the biggest increase in a governing party’s…

How Labour will spin defeat in Hartlepool

6 May 2021 1:23 am

Campaigning in the Hartlepool by-election is reaching its feverish final hours as the Labour party tries to hold onto the…

Hartlepool and the theft of the Labour party

5 May 2021 4:00 pm

When the unthinkable happened in 1882 and England lost a test match on home soil to Australia there followed a…

Can Labour make the Tory sleaze allegations stick?

27 April 2021 7:53 pm

One of the reasons the row isn’t fading about Tory sleaze allegations and the Prime Minister’s conduct is that there…

Has the shine come off Saint Jacinda?

20 April 2021 7:47 pm

For a short time it seemed as if Jacinda Ardern, the popular premier of New Zealand, could do no wrong…

Labour’s union trouble

15 April 2021 11:40 pm

It’s arguably been a good week for Labour, as the Tory party becomes more and more implicated in the Greensill…

Momentum's cunning plan would keep the Tories in power forever

11 April 2021 3:45 pm

Momentum, the Labour campaign group dedicated to keeping Corbynism alive, this week demanded that Keir Starmer commit to introducing a…

Has Starmer already missed his chance?

5 April 2021 10:00 pm

Hindsight is the easiest weapon to employ in politics — as Keir Starmer of all people should know. When you…

Sadiq Khan's victory could be bad news for Labour

4 April 2021 3:45 pm

Let’s take a look into a political crystal ball: it is Friday 7 May and a beaming Sadiq Khan is…

Can Starmer overcome his Hartlepool problem?

23 March 2021 6:00 pm

Labour have picked their candidate in Hartlepool ahead of the rest of the pack. Unfortunately for them, they have chosen…

The Bristol riots show the danger of ignoring anti-police extremism

23 March 2021 2:49 am

The ugly scenes in Bristol last night make it plain to see that Britain can no longer turn a blind eye…

Diane Abbott has exposed Keir Starmer's Red Wall dilemma

20 March 2021 6:15 pm

Were Keir Starmer more like Gordon Brown in temperament then by now he’d be throwing his mobile phone at a…

There's the kernel of a good show in this copycat Hamilton: Treason the Musical reviewed

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Copycat Hamiltons are everywhere. Lin-Manuel Miranda led the way by turning an unexamined corner of history into a smash-hit show.…

When will Eddie Izzard get the message?

13 March 2021 12:46 am

Eddie Izzard is a serial election loser, but try telling him that. The comedian has tried – and failed –…

Labour has stumbled into the royal culture war

9 March 2021 5:45 pm

Given Starmer’s aim of getting red wall voters back on side, Labour should not have touched the Harry and Meghan…

In defence of Keir Starmer

24 February 2021 6:14 pm

Now that we’ve finally heard Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, a key question remains: when will we see a…

Can Labour capture the spirit of the post-war era?

21 February 2021 6:00 pm

The right is usually much better than the left at harnessing the awesome power of the folk memories that surround…

Keir Starmer is attacking a Tory party that no longer exists

18 February 2021 11:50 pm

There has been a bit of a commentariat pile-on against Starmer in the last couple of weeks; not just from…