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Confronting a culture of failure

Trevor Fisher sees a Labour party that refuses to learn any lessons With the future uncertain, it is sensible to focus on why we are...

James Thompson on inequality and Thatcherite follies

At her final PMQs Margaret Thatcher’s was asked by LibDem MP Simon Hughes about the gap between rich and poor. To paraphrase - although...

Trevor Fisher takes a look at Open Labour

A first step on a journey completed Open Labour - Meeting One - 5th March 2016   The first Open Labour meeting, in Manchester on 5th March,...

Brexit note: Gove and BoJo out, and the first polls

In this, the first of several Brexit notes, we take some broad swipes at two Brexiters and look at the first polls since Cameron’s...

The legacy of the ‘soft left’

Trevor Fisher surveys Labour's most important constituency   There is an increasing need to define the history of the 'soft left', sometimes called the 'centre left'...

#EURef note: BIG new poll from Survation!

As we sit in the middle of a key, cold month in Cameron's botched re-negotiation plans, we're given a BIG new poll by pollsters Survation....

What is Santa Bringing Labour List for Christmas?

Trevor Fisher on things Labour List don't want to talk about Having had some difficulties in getting into the Labour List network – they have never...

Review article: Frank Lee on Tariq Ali

Pessimism of the intellect, pessimism of the will   Frank Lee asks: has Tariq Ali gone soft on the USA or does he just overlook some...

Beyond the fragments

Trevor Fisher sees a Tory agenda that is cold, clever and calculating. It needs to be taken seriously   While the Labour situation is dominating attention, it...

BLOG: #EURef – INNIES vs. OUTIES polls

Survation's September polling on the EU referendum caused a stir when it showed outies beating innies by a statistically insignificant 3 percentage points. There is...

The left needs to understand the modern EU better. Fast.

A left Euro-scepticism may not be the answer, but neither is the status quo Europhila that is 20 years behind the times It is understandable that those...