Posts Tagged “labour party”

Labour moderates, it’s now or never. Forget Angela Eagle and fight for yourselves

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2016

In happier, boringer days I once wrote: ‘election results are usually a lot more dull than the speculation which precedes them’. With that kind of prophetic insight, it’s little wonder I ended up running naked down Whitehall. The Lib Dem (…)

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Tom Watson handily reminds me why I left Labour

by Stephen Tall on March 20, 2014

I’ll be honest. I don’t yet know what I think about the Coalition’s plans to liberalise pensions. I like the idea people should have greater control over their own money; I’d like to know more about how the government proposes (…)

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The Labour party ‘Plebgate’ website they no longer want you to see

by Stephen Tall on October 16, 2013

Here’s the key question Labour was asking a few months ago: Who do you trust? The Police or Andrew Mitchell? According to an official police report, Conservative Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell said to a police officer: “Best you learn your f***ing place … you don’t run this f***ing government … you’re f***ing plebs.” Andrew Mitchell […]

The remarkable similarity between Ed Miliband and Monty Python’s Brave Knight

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2013

The Guardian reports: Ed Miliband will say to the boss of Britain’s third largest union that he is determined to press ahead with reforming the Labour party’s funding in the aftermath of his organisation’s decision to slash its affiliation funds (…)

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Miliband vs McCluskey: 2 points that strike me about the Labour/Unite row over alleged candidate selection rigging

by Stephen Tall on July 7, 2013

Looking in from the outside, albeit as a former Labour member myself, two points strike me about the Labour/Unite row over the alleged attempt by the union to rig the selection of the party’s general election candidate in Falkirk. What’s the opposite of nominative determinism? Asking on behalf of Unite. — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) July […]

A reply to Dan Hodges: why it’s not surprising some Tories aren’t bothered about winning in 2015

by Stephen Tall on March 29, 2013

The Telegraph’s token Labour blogger Dan Hodges has a typically punchy post today – Do the Tories actually want to win in 2015? – highlighting the fatalism of some Tory MPs who think victory next time is possible but not worth it: Hardly worth it? What, just managing to scrape a win at the next […]

Lords reform: did we really expect any better of either the Tories or Labour?

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2012

All three main political parties fought the 2010 election promising the electorate that, if elected, they would reform the House of Lords. All three promised the same in 2005, too. And 2001. Yet in 2012 only one party is staying true to that promise: the Lib Dems. The Tories and Labour, in contrast, are happily […]

The Tories’ and Labour’s collective tax omnishambles

by Stephen Tall on April 18, 2012

Labour is against reducing the 50p top-rate tax to 45p for those earning more than £150,000. What could be clearer? As it happens, quite a lot could be clearer. First, the omnishambles… Given how widely predicted George Osborne’s decision to reduce the top-rate was you would have thought Labour would have anticipated it and worked […]

Labour’s not-so-very-local election broadcast shows how unimportant local decision-making is to Ed Miliband’s party

by Stephen Tall on April 11, 2012

Tonight’s Labour local election broadcast, starring telly’s very own Lord (Robert) Winston, climaxes with the rallying cry: On Thursday May 3rd, vote NHS, vote Labour Exactly how voting Labour then will help the NHS isn’t explored — not surprisingly, because it won’t. There’s a reason these elections are called local elections, after all. Before highlighting […]

The Labour Party. Remember them?

by Stephen Tall on March 3, 2012

There’s an excellent must-read post on the New Statesman site by Rafael Behr highlighting how Coalition politics is not only eclipsing the Labour party from the media spotlight, but also paralysing its leadership from engaging with internal debate. First, he notes how both the Lib Dems and Tories are being given the freedom to differentiate […]



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