#OpenLabour17 – The Open Labour Panel

Thanks to Open Labour member Hassan Hoque for recording the below session conversation. https://clyp.it/hu0z3t1u Ideas into action: building an open left Panel Speakers: Lisa Johnson – Director of External Relations and Training, GMB Polly Billington – SERA Executive and former Advisor, Sadiq Khan and DECC Clifford Singer – Founder VoteSwap, False Economy and currently Social Spark … 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

Labour’s nuclear reaction

By David Hamblin / @UnionisedDavid At some point the number of articles written about the Copeland & Stoke Central by-elections may actually reach the number of the ballots cast. Both results were a perfect storm to keep the internal Labour Party maelstrom blowing. If Labour had held both seats then Corbyn supporters would have felt … Continued

Polling and Labour’s prospects

By Owen Jones / @owenjones84 Labour’s current position in the opinion polls is disastrous. This isn’t written as a counsel of despair, but because we have to recognise political reality if we are going to turn it around. In the latest YouGov opinion poll, the Tories are on 42%; Labour languish at 26%. In this … Continued

‘What Works’ vs Ideology: a False Dichotomy

By Dr Matt Donoghue / @drdonoghue To my mind, one of New Labour’s masterstrokes was to ostensibly drop a commitment to ideology in favour of embracing ‘what works’. This has been discussed to death in the academic literature, and has been a constant talking point in certain corners of the media. A recent example of … Continued

Jeremy Corbyn & The Robots: Why Only Radical Ideas Will Make Both Labour & Britain Fit for the 21st Century

By Pete Kennedy / @PeteKennedy121 Ours is essentially a tragic age so we refuse to view it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins…we’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. — D.H. Lawrence Following his election in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have met with Sidney Hillman and other … Continued

Plan first, squabble later

By Colm Flanagan / @ctmflanagan In an article for IPPR, Tony Wright has written that Labour has lost its sense of purpose and needed to reinvent itself. On his own terms, he is half right. He evokes Tawney and his 1931 dismay at Labour’s “lack of creed”. His definition of creed is threefold: ‘a common … Continued