Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he feels he now has to say that he is a Jew “when reporting on the toxic question of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party”. Peston, 59, said he has not been a member of a political party since he was 24 “because I never wanted to be seen as a pamphleteer … Continue reading “Robert Peston: ‘Now I feel I have to say I’m Jewish when reporting on Labour anti-Semitism claims'”

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Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare’

9 Mar

Robert Peston has said he was “not spun” by Dominic Cummings in wrongly claiming a Labour activist had hit a Tory adviser in a fracas during the general election campaign. The ITV political editor tweeted, along with a number of other political journalists, that an adviser to Matt Hancock had been “whacked in the face … Continue reading “Robert Peston says he was ‘not spun’ over hospital ‘punch’ error and interviewing May was ‘nightmare'”

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Brexit in GE2019 political advertising: an asset for some, a liability for others

24 Jan

Yes, Brexit was key to the 2019 General Election campaign – but it wasn’t all that voters wanted to hear about. Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) analyses Facebook advertising in the run-up to the vote and finds that while the issue proved an asset to the Conservatives and a liability to the Lib Dems, Labour … Continued

In a devastating election, is Northern Ireland the crack where the light gets in?

13 Dec

I spent last night watching the election with my da. As is customary, we allowed ourselves to hope for a decent Labour result, and were then crushed by the 10pm exit poll. We’ve been doing this since Kinnock. We know how it goes. But the scale of defeat this time was breathtaking. Rather than going to bed in despair, we decided to wait up for North Down – Northern Ireland’s first result. Stephen Farry was close they said. It turned … Read more

Hard, soft or none at all: what the election result will mean for Brexit

9 Dec

The General Election will set Britain on the path to a hard or softer Brexit – or perhaps no Brexit at all. Ros Taylor (LSE) explains what each possible outcome means for the next stage of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Conservative majority Supposedly, a vote for the Conservatives is a vote to ‘get … Continued

The State We’re In

24 Nov

Last Sunday a homeless man died in a car park in Glasgow. It was minus eight out. The tragedy spoke to the multiple social crisis we face: of poverty, mental health, disfiguring inequality and lack of affordable housing which ranges from rough-sleeping…

Peston’s War

22 Nov

Darren McGarvey, author and musician challenges the media narrative that Jeremy Corbyn is waging “class war”. The near hysteria about Labour’s manifesto betrays a media framing that is telling in its mass of contradictions and hypocri…