Together, in the National Interest?

The Conservative party could cause Labour real problems by making a ‘big, open offer’. They won’t. On May 7th 2010, David Cameron made the smartest move of his leadership of the Conservative party. Having failed to win a Conservative majority by … Continued

Putting the Boots in.

As I grew up in Nottingham, I’m a big supporter of Boots. Raleigh bikes too. (I have mixed feelings about John Player). So when it came down to backing Boots or the Labour party on the matter of business policy, … Continued

Who are you trying to persuade?

Winning elections is about two pretty simple things. You’re either trying to change a voter’s mind about you or, if they like you just fine already,  giving them a poke to get them off their arse and to the polling station. The two … Continued

Is silence the price of loyalty?

I am finding it harder and harder to write on politics as we approach the election. This is because, believe it or not, I really want the Labour party to win the next General Election. You’d think a fierce hunger for a change … Continued

The cyclical theory of Labour

One of my pet theories is that every quarter-century or so, the Labour party goes through a defining debate about the sort of party it should be. We’re overdue such a debate now. The first of these defining rows was about whether a … Continued

The Popular Centre: Links and files

My new Policy Network  pamphlet on rebuilding the popular centre is out: You can read my article for Progress summarising the argument here: Thank you so much for the kind reactions. I’ll be writing more about the subject, but I’ve … Continued

Why I’m against the Mansion Tax

Yesterday, I suddenly realised why I don’t like the Mansion Tax. What was the reason for this revelation? It wasn’t Myleene Klaas’s glass of water, or a sudden conversion to David Cameron’s way of thinking. Nor am I thinking of making … Continued

The limits of Hashtag Loyalty

‘The coup that wasn’t’ had a dénouement as predictable as a Tory split on Europe. Less revolt than a fearful shiver, it was always going to end in a rallying round. I avoided both shiver and rally. I missed the shiver … Continued

Three bad ideas that are hurting Labour

There are three bad ideas with a quiet traction over Labour party strategy. Since the last election, they have made us complacent over our polling position and their persistent influence has led people in a position of power in the party … Continued