Corbyn or ABC: Now’s the time to focus on country

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Theresa May is effective in a way other politicians can only dream about. To have dropped us into a General Election, just as the polls are at the very lowest the Labour Party have seen for a generation, and to do so without a hint of a leak is extraordinary. … Continued

Good policy needs good leadership

This weekend’s polling presents a mixed but unsurprising lesson that the Labour Party should have learnt years ago: Leadership is a prerequisite to us delivering policy in government. Policy isn’t solely a prerequisite to us governing. Firstly, the blitz of policies over recess has proved a hit. ComRes show that our new policy on the minimum … Continued

Grace and Disgrace

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ It so happened that the week of Ken Livingstone’s NCC hearing and the outcry that followed I was reading Harriet Harman’s rip-roaring memoir A Woman’s Work. The book is fantastic – I can’t recommend it highly enough. But what struck me reading it in the moment was the very different paths … Continued

We cannot let the Right define patriotism

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ In 2017, it is impossible to avoid thinking about the topic of patriotism. For many on the left, patriotism is synonymous with the darker concept of nationalism. Both are also tinged for many on the left (as actively encouraged by those on the right) with a sense of nativism. This … Continued

Progressive Alliance – A constructive critique

By Paul Thompson Last Monday saw the latest round in the Compass campaign for a ‘progressive alliance’ – a pamphlet from the writer, Jeremy Gilbert. An honest and thoughtful piece aimed squarely at Labour supporters, it didn’t persuade me, a founding signatory of Compass and someone who tries hard not be tribalist. However, let’s start … Continued

A week for commonality

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Last week, we saw the best of ourselves and the worst of ourselves. As we mourn the deaths caused by one appalling individual, we need to look at the events of last week and what we can learn from them. Westminster is so often described in violent terms. We discuss … Continued

Martin McGuinness: struggle, loss, forgiveness

By Bev Waker-Craig / @bevcraig This week we heard the news that Martin McGuinness has passed away following his battle with a rare heart condition. I’d like to think that at the very least one of the legacies of McGuinness was to leave behind a place where all sides of the community could come together and … Continued

Secondary schools between a rock and a hard place: a Labour response

Anonymous submission I am chair of governors at a secondary school in a deprived town in Northern England.  We remain, like many schools in our region, a maintained school out of the clutches of the academy system, at least for now. As such, I found the speech on Friday by the new Ofsted Inspector Amanda … Continued

Perspectives for Open Labour: A Politics of Radical Pessimism

By Paul Thompson and F. H. Pitts / @fhpitts This document is submitted as part of a constructive engagement with the Management Committee’s Draft Position Paper (DPP). There is not much that most on the left could disagree with in the Statement. That has its merits, and we are sympathetic to not trying to have … Continued