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

Immigration Nation

I am on the wrong side of public opinion on one of the major issues of the time. I support the free movement of Labour across Europe, and am, in general, of the belief that immigration is not a great … Continued

Arse about tit Fiscal Conservatism

I am proud of being a left wing fiscal conservative. Unfortunately, being a fiscal conservative is synonymous with economic illiteracy for much of the left. This is because what has tended to be defined as ‘conservatism’ is an intention to cut … Continued

Labour polling: Tooth Decay, not Lego

A couple of years ago, 29 plus 6 was a popular sum among those interested in Labour’s likely election performance. It represented what some regarded as a ‘floor’ in Labour support, made up of the 29% of the electorate who … Continued

A downward trend long known and a choice for Labour’s dreamers.

Returning from a holiday after a small political earthquake is an intriguing experience. People talk in hushed tones about the immense significance of the events you missed, while you struggle to notice any difference. To summarise the astonishing events: A … Continued