After IDS: Where Labour Goes From Here

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim There are three primary observations to take from Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, after we have all done with jumping up and down on our beds and popping open a decent Pinot Grigio. First, that this was not actually about the reforms he championed, but a move in political chess. Second, … Continued

Budget 2016: The Illogical Sacrifices to The Altar of the Surplus

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim Today’s budget is, as expected, an assault on the most vulnerable, coated as a supposed essential step to delivering a surplus that is neither particularly needed nor exceptional in British political history. The most extraordinary characteristic is that of the raising of the PIP threshold, which will see around 200,000 … Continued

Reflecting on #YL16: A Need for Something New

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim Standing in that conference hall in Scarborough during the Young Labour Conference this weekend at the height of the NEC and Chair elections was like being in the middle of a Venn diagram. As a delegate with no ‘-ite’, it was pressurising and, from afar and without purpose, dehumanising. People … Continued

The future for Open Labour

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim So far, Open Labour, in its fledgling stages, has not expressed opinion on one of the most integral exercises in shaping the future of the Labour Party: internal elections. This is true in particular of the recent and forthcoming Young Labour elections. In our early days, we are developing governing … Continued

The Only Way is Universal?

By Jade Azim / @jadefrancesazim I fear the Left has lost a crucial battle. The 1997-2010 Labour government was, rhetorically, obsessed with making welfare popular. “This is not a denial of self-interest” Tony Blair argued at Labour’s 1996 conference, “This isn’t a killjoy philosophy. This is enlightened self-interest. In a society in which opportunity is … Continued