The last thing Labour needs is ‘unity’

3 Apr

Unity. According to Sir Keir Starmer, it’s the pre-requisite for Labour to re-establish itself as a serious party of government. As he put it recently (and has said repeatedly): “I don’t think there’s any victory without unity.” Yesterday, back on the theme, he thanked the party for the unity it has shown during the leadership […]

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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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Let’s scrap the Human Rights Act

3 Mar

It is only to be expected that the Conservative manifesto pledge to review the Human Rights Act should provoke a liberal moral panic. Floating in the empyrean, human rights are supposed to transcend mundane political divisions. Without a judiciary with the authority to override political decisions, there is no freedom or justice for individuals or […]

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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

After a momentous 2019, it’s time to feast on the delicious opportunities afforded by Brexit

6 Jan

Optimism abounds as people return to work. Millions of people have new-found enthusiasm, energy and hope, akin to a delicious cake baked with the trusty ingredients of political stability and economic potential. What a difference a few months can do for a major nation’s fortunes. It’s worth reflecting on and correcting some misleading impressions of […]

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Labour paid the electoral price for failing to take several chances to put Brexit to bed

5 Jan

In 2016, workers voted to leave the EU. Three and a half years later, they confirmed that decision by voting Tory. And they were right to do so. Labour lost, heavily; it was foiled by both its strategy and its tactics. A general election called before Brexit was delivered was bound to be a Brexit […]

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The Brexitlands of Wales have shown complacent Welsh Labour that they have somewhere else to go

18 Dec

Lord Mandelson once said: “The people of south Wales will always vote Labour because they have nowhere else to go”. The former EU Commissioner was proven wrong by voters last week as Welsh Labour saw the collapse of its North Wales red wall and major inroads from Boris Johnson’s revived Conservatives in South Wales. Labour’s […]

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The failure of the left to grasp Brexit

16 Dec

The Labour party was eventually persuaded to back a second referendum. This was a historic mistake which led to defeat in the General Election, says Michael Wilkinson (LSE). Labour should have respected the vote to Leave and offered a platform for change based on a future outside of the European Union. Thursday’s General Election was … Continued

If the Labour is to recover from this defeat, it must work with the Government to get Brexit done

13 Dec

The general election was always going to be about Brexit. Three years since the referendum, with a Parliament doing everything within its power to thwart the democratic wishes of the people, an election was necessary to break the deadlock. The British people were fed up with the bickering, the delay and the filibustering. They were […]

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A Conservative majority is the only chance we Leavers have to get Brexit done

12 Dec

The choice is clear in a general election which will define the future of our country and its place in the world for decades to come. I implore every single person to vote Conservative – and to those moderates in the Labour Party who respect the democratic process, I ask only that they do the […]

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If you want a Christmas without more Brexit indecision hanging over us, Boris Johnson needs a healthy majority

8 Dec

A couple of days after the European elections in May I wrote an article setting out the lessons I had learnt as the lead Conservative Euro candidate in Wales, which was published by BrexitCentral on the day that Boris Johnson became Prime Minister. My key recommendation was that whoever took over as Prime Minister from […]

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The gaping contradictions between Labour’s promises and its refusal to get Britain out of the EU

6 Dec

Over the last week or so we have seen the Labour Party dream up an extra £58 billion to fund repayments to the so-called ‘WASPI Women’ who lost out on thousands of pounds each when the State Pension age was increased with little notice back in 2010. This policy was intended to keep the UK […]

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The backtop is back in business after Johnson’s denial is nakedly exposed

6 Dec

It’s not actually  news that there will “be a border down the Irish Sea” if Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement is passed. But if the document Jeremy Corbyn has been waving this morning is an authentic Treasury paper, it shows that Johnson is lying or at best or in denial.   He will surely be pressed to explain himself in tonight’s BBC debate with Jeremy Corbyn.  Taken at face value it means Johnson will denounce his own withdrawal agreement as soon as … Read more

Freed from the shackles of EU rules, we can unlock the potential of towns like Workington

5 Dec

Workington is a town with a proud industrial heritage, situated on the west coast of Cumbria. A town where iron ore and coal were the base ingredients for a technological revolution, with the Bessemer converters running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Where steel was rolled by ever narrower milling machines to produce […]

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Voters want to Get Brexit Done because they’re sick of Remainer MPs seeking to stall the process

4 Dec

After three years of dither and delay, it really is time now to Get Brexit Done. In the constituency I’m hoping to represent, Bishop Auckland (Labour majority: 502) Brexit regularly comes up on the doorstep. Local residents feel they have been cheated out of their democratic right – even Remain voters, most of whom are […]

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The Labour left have won the party battle but with ammunition like this, they look like losing the war

3 Dec

Andrew Murray Andrew Murray is an easy man to demonise. Born to Scottish gentry, he’s a Unite official and former Communist, joining Jeremy Corbyn’s team only in 2016.  Accused of being a Russian spy, he  claimed he was a victim of the British “deep state.”  Nevertheless  the Financial Times has paid Murray the compliment of objectively reviewing his new book “The Rise and Fall of the British Left. “ Like it or loathe it, the Left critique of   post-recession capitalism … Read more

How might the EU react to the possible outcomes of the general election?

29 Nov

The upcoming general election may well turn out to be a de facto second referendum on Brexit. Here is an overview of the different scenarios that are possible and how the EU is likely to position itself in each case: The first scenario, which is taken by most as the base case, is for the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that the NHS is ‘up for sale’ in post-Brexit US trade talks does not stack up

27 Nov

The Labour Party has proclaimed that leaked documents from trade talks between the UK and the US are “evidence that Boris Johnson has put the NHS up for sale”. The party also claims there have been two years of talks “about how drug companies can rip off the NHS”. But under scrutiny, neither claim holds […]

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This high-stakes Brexit election of gambles is currently too tough to call

26 Nov

With the party manifestos now released, the respective party positions on Brexit remain an area of contention.  The Labour Party – sticking with its position of “Brexit triangulation” – have pledged to renegotiate the UK’s withdrawal deal with the EU if it is elected to power, and subsequently put this new deal to the British […]

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Ignore Labour’s scaremongering – post-Brexit trade deals will bring huge benefits to the NHS and its patients

23 Nov

One of the most frequent attacks made by Europhiles during the General Election campaign so far has been that Boris Johnson will – post-Brexit – supposedly do a ‘dodgy deal’ with US President Donald Trump, sending £500 million a week of NHS money to American pharmaceutical companies. This charge was repeated by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn […]

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Jeremy Corbyn would rip up the rulebook and make his second EU referendum a travesty of democracy

23 Nov

Jeremy Corbyn’s bizarre policy on Brexit is not only marred by his personal inconsistency on whether he was, or still is, for Leave or Remain – or, it now turns out, neither. His policy also plans to circumvent the legislation which ensures that referendums are fair: the Political Parties and Referendums Act 2000, known as […]

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