Covering the previous year. Older editorials are part of Past Issues.
Starmer Under Fire. June 2020.
The knives are out for Keir Starmer. With the government’s and Johnson’s popularity beginning to slip, and Starmer’s performances at Prime Minister’s Questions are eulogised, Tory MPs and the Daily Mail are doing their bit to portray Labour’s new leader as an incompetent, uncaring, hypocrite.
Labour’s Internal War. May 2020.
Keir Starmer received the overwhelming support of Labour Party members in the vote for the new party leader. He is now in a strong position to steer the direction of Labour towards the next general election, scheduled for 2024. Crucially, his support is strong among Labour MPs. Unlike that of Jeremy Corbyn whose victory in two leadership elections was resented by a hard core of backbenchers, who constantly sought to undermine him. This created division within the party and was a factor in Labour’s defeat in the elections of 2017 and 2019.
A Budget Fit For A Keynes? April 2020.
When the Liberal Democrats made him Prime Minister in 2010, David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne accused Labour of leaving the country bankrupt, with a massive debt and huge deficit.
With Boris Johnson installed as Prime Minister all that has changed. The debt and the deficit are now of little concern. Johnson and his government have put clear blue water between today’s Conservative party and the party as it has been since Thatcher.
Labour’s Craven Candidates. March 2020.
The Labour leadership contest is not exactly setting the world alight. The media, obsessed with the latest celebrity gossip and with Johnson’s compliant cabinet, have taken little interest in it. And the wider public are largely unaware that it is happening.
The Route To Labour’s Leader. February 2020.
If it was the Tories simple Brexit message- “Get Brexit Done”- that broke the red wall in the midlands and north of England, then for Labour to have any chance of forming a government, it must abandon all thoughts of the UK regaining EU membership. The new leader’s clear message must be a determination to make Brexit a success: a Labour influenced Brexit.
The Brexit Defeat. Statement, January 2019.
It was not, as the media claimed, ‘the worst result since 1935′, if you allow for the 40 seats that were lost in 2015, when the SNP were clearly to the left of Labour.
Labour’s vote among the under-35s was higher than that in other parties, but it fell dramatically among the over-65s in England, where culture and patriotism have become the key determinants of voting behaviour.
The Election Choice: Labour Boldness Or Tory Timidness. December 2019.
Published before the vote. Warning “[Johnson’s] line that nothing else can be done until Brexit is sorted may go down well with many leave voters”. And “He, and his right-wing government want Brexit done so they can embark on their plan to further deregulate the economy and shrink the state, which to their regret remains roughly the size it was in 2010.”
An Unpredictable Election. November 2019.
A general election is needed because parliament became dysfunctional. The minority Tory government was unable to get its Brexit deal through parliament, even though MPs voted for its second reading. This was simply a tactic to allow them to scrutinise the bill over an extended time scale.
Labour’s Neutral Brexit. October 2019
Labour’s party conference voted narrowly and unexpectedly in favour of the party adopting a neutral stance on Brexit. Conference showed it has confidence in him as party leader.
Brexit Regardless Of Suffering. September 2019.
Describing how Johnson was clearly planning to get a No-Deal Brexit without regard for the wishes of a majority of MPs. Or a majority of the population, since Brexit was sold as being easy. He is part of the minority who want to quit regardless of what it costs.
Boris Johnson: A Fearful Choice. July / August 2019.
Following their success in the elections to the European Parliament it was widely predicted that the Brexit party would win the parliamentary seat of Peterborough at the 6 June byelection. Alas, for Farage and his acolytes, it did not happen.
The result in Peterborough has badly dented the Tories hopes of winning back its supporters and thus its chances of victory at the next general election.
May as Victim of Brexit. June 2019.
In her tearful exit date speech on the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May blamed MPs on all sides of the Commons for her failure to get her Brexit deal accepted. She played the victim of a long simmering plot to replace her with a right-wing hard Brexiteer.
Leaving the EU on 31 October with no deal looks more likely than ever.
Anger And Betrayal: The New Politics. May 2019.
Talks between Conservative and Labour representatives have been held almost continuously since early April, but there is still no sign of a compromise agreement.
The Tory/DUP coalition can stay in power until June 2021. If they get over Brexit, they would then unite over the same bad policies they’ve followed since Thatcher.
The Last Throw Of The Dice? April 2019.
On 15 February 2003 more than a million people marched in London against the UK’s participation in the invasion of Iraq. Prime Minister Blair ignored them.
On 23 March 2019 a similar number of people walked from Park Lane in London to the Palace of Westminster in support of a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU). Prime Minister May indicated that their action would have no effect on the decision to leave the EU, made in the referendum of 23 June 2016. She is not on their side.