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
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.