Latest update. May Editorial: Anger And Betrayal: The New Politics. No agreement yet on Brexis.
From March 2019: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes. Also Notes on the News: Vote for Cheese, Get Chalk, It’s a Silly Overclass, Europe Flourishing Without Britain, Forgetting Yugoslavia, Weather, Feed the Rich, Kill Off the Old, Uncontrolled Social Media, Hungary Values Itself.
Also everything for May 2018: Editorial: Labour And Antisemitism; 2nd Editorial: What Should Labour’s Foreign Policy Be?; Parliament And World War One; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; “Tunbridge Wells has a Drugs and Murder Problem” (false accusations that Labour has an Antisemitism problem); Brian Behan Remembered (Communist building-worker and militant); Tax Evasion by the Rich (Paradise Papers); Missile strike against Syria. (No Froggy, New Zealand or Poems this month.)
Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 287 May 2018
Latest update. March Editorial: Paper TIGers. The eight Labour MPs who resigned from the party last month, and formed themselves into The Independent Group, hope to wreck Labour’s chances of winning the next general election. They want to prevent anything being done about the unfair accumulation of wealth and the squeezing of the needy.
From December 2018: News from France (Froggy), Parliamentary Notes 1 – Mrs May, and Parliamentary Notes 2 – Legal Position;. Also Notes on the News: Bush Senior, the Vice President, They Shall Not Grow Old: They Were Stupidly Slaughtered, US Republicans – Make Hate, Not Love, Climate Change – Not Always Warm, But Mostly Worse, Climate-Change Extinction? Or Hitler Plus?, Taiwan: Not Gayly Wed, Not Separatist, Ukraine Versus Ukraine, But Blaming Russia, From Brexit to Poxit?
Also everything for March 2018: Editorial: Labour’s Poisoned Chalice; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 3; Letter from New Zealand – Eugenics; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 285 – March 2018
December Editorial: Back To The EU Cap In Hand.
Facing defeat, Theresa May pulled the plug at the eleventh hour on MPs meaningful vote on her Brexit deal..
From October 2018: Parliamentary Notes but no Froggy this month. Also Notes on the News: New Labour – the Timid Tendency Fades, Hurricanes – Abnormal is the New Normal, Times Are Changing, The Chinese Example, No, There Is No International Law, Sport Polluted By Money, Racism in Sweden, Snippets , Wider Anti-Semitism Acknowledged?, Dangers of Alcohol, Brexit.
Also everything for December 2017: Editorial: Faint-Hearted Phil (Tory Budget); Parliament And World War One (USA and Russia); Froggy; Notes on the News; Letter from New Zealand; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 1; Feed-the Rich in Haringey (new housing); Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Shoe Horn (poem). Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 283 December 2017
Latest update. November Editorial: The Troublesome 5%. Outstanding Brexit issues.
From September 2018: News from France (Froggy), Parliamentary Notes, and Notes on the News: Britons Voting For Their Own Suffering, Shed No Tears for Bomber McCain, Trump Guilt of Sex!, Fifty Years On From Russia Crushing Czechoslovakia, A Deadly Bridge In Italy, Getting Tough With Turks, Living In Peace, Another Suffering Minority, Brains Hurt?, Wrecked Syria, Sex Abuse Wasn’t Only Catholics.
Also everything for November 2017: Editorial: Corbyn On a Roll; Parliament And World War One: ; Froggy; Notes on the News; New Zealand ‘Populism’; Zionism as the Abolition of Jews; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Disembodied Voices, Truth as an Illness, Mannequin as President. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 282 November 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
Election Mythology. The Tories won an absolute majority with just 37% of the vote. The key event was a collapse in votes for their coalition partners from 2010 to 2015, the Liberal-Democrats.
Also Key Constituencies in the South West, a detailed analysis of the seats. Tory gains were small, but the first-past-the-post electoral system gave them a lot more seats.
Extra, 9th June. Articles from June 2914 now on-line.