Divisive Politics. July 2016.
David Cameron made a monumental blunder when he promised a referendum on UK membership of the European Union. But his decision to resign and force an election for a new Tory leader and Prime Minister in October killed off further criticism of his premiership both within the Tory party and the anti-Cameron press.
Labour on the other hand, has the difficult problem of reconnecting with its supporters who have become alienated and disillusioned. Corbyn’s opponents expect him to deliver quick positive results. He has a long-term project, the core of which is to re-connect with working class Labour voters deserted by a Blairite Labour party. But they are not prepared to go the long haul. They want Corbyn out.
Corbyn’s Heavy Burden. June 2016.
Since he was elected Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn has been subject to a constant barrage of biting criticism and negative reporting. He won by a huge majority over his three opponents but this has not been respected by many of his Parliamentary Labour Party colleagues. [Written in June, well before the ‘Chicken Coup’ rebellion that happened after the Brexit vote.]
Also old magazine issues now available on-line:
July-August 2015: Editorial: Looking For A Leader. Parliament And World War One Irish Home Rule, Froggy, Human Rights in the UK , Ukraine and legality, Parliamentary Notes, Notes on the News, Listening to Italy, Poems: Streetwise, Tears Without Boundaries .
June 2015: Editorial: Election Mythology. The Tories won an absolute majority with just 37% of the vote. Key Constituencies in the South West. Parliament and World War One, Froggy, Mondragon Cooperative in Spain (part 2), Notes on the News, Addressing Power Imbalances in the Workplace by Frances O’Grady, Parliamentary Notes, Listening to Italy, Rampant Criminalisation (poem). Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 258 June 2015