Posts Tagged “Opposition watch”

Labours of Letters: the Alex Hilton & Hopi Sen correspondence

by Stephen Tall on February 18, 2012

At the risk of intruding on private grief, I feel I should draw the attention of Voice readers to an excoriating broadside against Ed Miliband’s leadership published on LabourList last night. Entitled ‘Losing faith’, it is an open letter from Alex Hilton, twice a Labour parliamentary candidate and founder of the Labour Home website, to […]

Anonymous Tory MP launches broadside against “hypocritical, immature, manipulative” David Cameron

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2011

There’s a quite extraordinary broadside against David Cameron’s leadership in today’s Mail – written it appears by a current Conservative MP who chooses to remain anonymous — accusing him of “cynically manipulating” the party’s candidates’ list to stuff its green benches with “friends who went to the same school or moved in the same social […]

Labour members attack party’s “Daily Mail view of the world”

by Stephen Tall on January 7, 2011

Another day, another nail in the coffin of liberalism in the Labour Party. Sadiq Khan, the party’s shadow justice secretary, today amped-up the debate on votes for prisoners by condemnIng the Coalition’s proposals as — POPULIST CLICHE ALERT — “a slap in the face for victims of crime”. But his pandering to the forces of […]

The 100-plus Labour MPs publicly opposing electoral reform

by Stephen Tall on December 30, 2010

Poor Ed Miliband. In his first speech to the Labour party conference he tried his valiant best to show that Labour had changed, that it was a party which could re-claim the progressive liberalism it so happily junked in the Blair/Brown years. No more ID cards, detention without trial, control orders etc — so said […]

Ed Miliband’s new-found opposition to the Iraq war: what his voting record shows

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2010

Ed Miliband was not an MP in 2003, when Labour and Conservative MPs voted en masse to approve the British invasion of Iraq: so we do not know how he would have voted if he had had the opportunity. The Ed-supporting New Statesman has been keen to promote his anti-Iraq war credentials — see for […]

Ed Miliband’s leader’s speech: my first impressions

by Stephen Tall on September 28, 2010

Well, that’s one job done: the new Labour leader (but not the New Labour leader: absolutely not) has got through his first, major task: to deliver his speech to the party conference. It seemed to me to best understood as a ‘detoxifying’ speech. Just as David Cameron’s biggest achievement as Tory leader was to make […]

First thoughts on Ed Miliband’s election as Labour leader

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Here are some first thoughts on what Ed Miliband’s wafer-thin election victory in the contest to lead Labour might mean… 1. He’s going to have to work hard to prove he’s his own man. There’s no doubt the right-wing press and the Conservatives will do all they can to show Ed Miliband is little more […]

Three key issues facing the new Labour leader, Mr Miliband

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

In an hour’s time we shall know who is the new leader of the Labour party. Though the bookies now make Ed Miliband favourite, my hunch is that older brother David will get the nod, just. We shall soon see. The best guide I’ve read on what to look out for as the votes are […]

Who would get your vote in the Labour leadership contest?

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2010

The weekend papers were full of speculation about the Labour leadership contest, which as it draws to a close appears to be a nail-bitingly close finish between the Brothers Miliband. According to pollster YouGov, Ed Miliband is set to sneak victory by the closest of margins after second preferences are taken into account; though the […]

Dave reckons Mili-D’s the biggest threat: for the record, so do I

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

David Cameron has ‘let it be known’ (ie, his press team briefed the Guardian) that shadow foreign secretary David Miliband “poses the greatest threat to the Conservative party of all the candidates in the Labour leadership contest”. How to interpret this? Is Dave’s backing of David a cunning bluff: the Tory leader backing the most […]