British politics is being reconfigured – if there were any doubt about this, just look at what has happened in the Conservative Party this last week. It is a party that is unrecognisable
Boris Johnson was “blindsided” by Labour’s refusal to support an early election, I am told. If so, he was not the only one. At the start of last week, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford of the Scottish
It seems the man with the Mandela placard is seen as no more trustworthy or principled than Boris Johnson. An Opinium poll published over the weekend found that less than a quarter of the public thinks Corbyn is “trustworthy” — a lower share than Johnson — and 36 per cent find him principled, the same
As a weak and divided opposition party trying to gain some traction on the main political story of the moment, and at a time when parliament is on holiday, the usually clueless Labour leadership is employing unexpectedly smart tactics on Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn’s letter to the cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill,
Sir Keir Starmer is coming up to the end of his first year as Labour leader — he was elected on 4 April last year, just as the first wave of coronavirus was peaking. What is significant about the past year is what has not happened.
“So what would you do about it?” is the question opposition parties dread. They like to evade until they are ready to answer but can never escape. But Labour has marked the new year by a change of gear and is starting to give at least some answers. It’s an important
Does anyone know what the Labour Party is doing? Are they still going? Maybe they were wound up in November, and have retrained as yoga instructors or pig farmers.
Power tends to corrupt, said Lord Acton. This two line quote, the second line being “absolute power corrupts absolutely”, is far more well known, a hundred and fifty years later, than anything else Lord Acton ever did. He was a politician, Lord Acton,
I have been reading Alastair Campbell’s diaries of a lost world. The latest volume, number eight, covers the five years after Labour lost power, from 2010 to 2015. They were the Ed Miliband years, the years before Brexit, but what seems most other-worldly about