Latest update. May Editorial: Labour And Antisemitism. Antisemitism is being used by the right wing within the Parliamentary Labour Party to undermine Corbyn, while the Tories shelter behind the antisemitism allegations in order to cover up their Brexit division
Plus March’s News from France (Froggy), Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes.
Also everything for May 2017. Editorial: Trusting Theresa May; Labour has the Young Voters (graphic); Parliament And World War One: The Irish Convention; Froggy; Ken Livingstone’s Unwelcome Truths about Antisemitism; Listening to Italy; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 10); Parliamentary Notes; Poems: Our Day, Gasworks, Beholding, What A Spiffing Game!
Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 277 – May 2017
Corbyn’s Comeback. On the eve of the election campaign the Tories held a lead over Labour of around 20 points. But as Harold Wilson once said, “a week is a long time in politics.” Within a few weeks the political landscape changed as Labour successfully switched the focus from Brexit to the bread and butter issues of falling living standards, the desperate housing shortage, and the crisis in the NHS and social care.
Three Months Ago:
- Froggy; French Elections
- Parliamentary Notes; Article 50
- Notes on the News;Terrorism: Discards Won’t be Discarded; Why Won’t Scotland Obey England?; 1% of Muscovites Can’t Be Wrong!; Dutch ‘Soft Left’ Slump Disastrously; Martin McGuinness – a Man of Unauthorised Violence; New Deal survived US Republicans; My Carers Don’t Care; Obamacare, Republican Snare?; Happiness is Broad Capitalist?; Right-Wing Populism in India;
From last year, now on-line:
June 2016: Editorial: Corbyn’s Heavy Burden. Parliament and WW1: Why Must the War Go On?; Froggy; Zionism; Labour Briefing on Anti-semitism; Notes on News; Letters on EU referendum; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No.2); Parliament Notes; Orecchiette; Poems: Maybe You Can Explain This, Own Goal, Warming Earth Freezing Hearts. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 268_June_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.
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