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The elephants in the room of British politics

The cover of this week’s New Statesman caught my eye. ‘WANTED: AN OPPOSITION’ it reads, next to a picture of a glowering, moustachioed Lord Kitchener. Inside, an impressive array of pundits and politicians hold forth on the parlous state of … Continue reading

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Crisis? What crisis?

The New Statesman this week has a special section devoted to ‘the crisis in Labour and the future of the Left’, with contributions from all twelve remaining members of Britain’s centre left. It’s not exactly a diverse group of contributors: … Continue reading

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If we’re going to build a new politics, we have to move beyond left and right

When I saw a headline on the New Statesman website last week about “a budding progressive alliance”, my first reaction was excitement. I’ve been boring friends for at least a year now about the need for a realignment of British … Continue reading

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A history lesson for David Cameron: EU referendum won’t heal splits in Tory party

This piece was first published over at The Staggers. David Cameron has borrowed Harold Wilson’s tactics. He may get the same outcome. When Harold Wilson announced in early 1975 that he would hold a referendum on Britain’s EEC membership, the … Continue reading

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May 2020: a possible future

This morning, from the steps of Downing Street, the new Prime Minister David Miliband channelled the spirit of Winston Churchill, saying: “just as we did 80 years ago, Britain today stands alone in Europe as a beacon of hope for … Continue reading

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Why I’m voting Labour

I was born in 1989, just as history, according to American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, ended. The Berlin Wall fell when I was six months old. Liberal democracy and free market capitalism were triumphant. And, according to Fukuyama and friends, … Continue reading

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The trouble with Ed Miliband

The trouble with Ed Miliband isn’t that he’s too intellectual and can’t communicate with ordinary people. It isn’t that he’s too socialist and in the pocket of the trades unions. It isn’t even that he looks like Wallace; nor that … Continue reading

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