Labour Affairs – December 2018 Updates

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); FroggyNotes 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

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Labour Affairs – October 2018 Updates

Latest update.  October Editorial: Catching the Mood of the Nation.  Labour’s Liverpool conference was a huge success.  Jeremy Corbyn was accepted even by his critics as a credible Prime Minister.  But Brexit remains a problem.

From July 2018: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.  Also Notes on the News: The Mid-Atlantic Sinks Beneath the Waves; Blame It On the Boomers?; In Praise of Authoritarian State Capitalism; Rights of Humans Just Like Me; Support Israel, Hasten Armageddon; Snippets; An Impossible Diet?; Going To Pot.

Also everything for October 2017: Editorial: Brexit Divisions; Parliament And World War One: German Prisoners; FroggyNotes on the News; Northern Ireland: Britain’s Responsibility; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill; Listening to Italy; Poems: Now They’ll Go On About This For Days And Days, Of Tills And Pills, Tourist Class, Flag Of Convenience, But Not Like That, Now Why Did I Think Like That. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 281 October 2017

Labour Affairs – May 2018 Updates

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 ItalyNotes 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

Labour Affairs – April 2018 updates

Rush To Judgement.  April 2018 Editorial: Theresa May pointed the finger of guilt directly at the Russian government.

Plus News from France (Froggy), Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes for December 2017, and February 2018.

Also everything for March and April 2017:

April 2017: Editorial: The PLP: Labour’s Timid Tendency; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Labour’s Industrial Strategy; Worker Representation in Companies; Notes on the News; Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Nimby; A Steppe Too Far.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 276 – April 2017

March 2017: Editorial: Testing Times For Corbyn And Labour; Jewish Socialist Group on Gerald Kaufman; Parliament And World War One – entry of the USA; FroggyCitrine and Bevin Part 2; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 9); Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Conditioning, Outlaw.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 275 – March 2017

Labour Affairs – March 2018 updates

March 2018: Editorial: Labour’s Poisoned Chalice.  Problems for both parties with Brexit.

March 2017: Editorial: Testing Times For Corbyn And Labour; Jewish Socialist Group on Gerald Kaufman; Parliament And World War One – entry of the USA; FroggyCitrine and Bevin Part 2; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 9); Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Conditioning, Outlaw.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 275 – March 2017

June 2017 updates

Latest Editorial:

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 BurdenParliament 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

The Real Causes of the Tory Triumph in the British General Election

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 JuneArticles from June 2914 now on-line.