Latest update. February Editorial: Once More Unto Brussels. February 2019
May is engaging with MPs of all parties to reach an agreement she can take back to Brussels and secure a deal that parliament can support; a Plan B. But this appears to be a forlorn task as EU negotiators have made it clear that no significant changes can be made to her deal..
From November 2018: News from France ( Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes;. Also Notes on the News: Trump Resigns as World Boss, Trump Upholds Feed-the-Rich, Doctor Who and the Real Racists, Brazil, Where the Politics is Nuts, Hurricanes, Japan Recovers.
Also everything for February 2018: Editorial: What A Carry On, Carillion; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Notes on the News; Letter from New Zealand; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 2; Local Government and the national Labour agenda; German Social Democracy; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Comment on Carillion. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 284 February 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. 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; Froggy; Notes 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
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