Diane Abbott’s Letter to the Observer

By Catherine Dunlop Abbott in her letter was responding to an article in the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/apr/15/racism-in-britain-is-not-a-black-and-white-issue-it-is-far-more-complicated), by Tomiwa Owolade, a contributing writer at the New Statesman. This article commented on a report just published about racism in Britain, Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS). That report says that more whites than blacks say they have experienced racism. … Continue reading Diane Abbott’s Letter to the Observer

Labour Voters – the Lost and the Found

By Gwydion M. Williams The following article appeared in February 2020 Labour Affairs, and remains relevant.   But some digressions and out-of-date comments have been removed. Corbyn is being blamed for “the worst result since 1935”. 1935 wasn’t that bad, if you think about political outcomes.  If you don’t see Labour existing just to give nice jobs to ambitious … Continue reading Labour Voters – the Lost and the Found

Starmer’s Labour Party — Editorial 2

Starmer’s Labour Party Keir Starmer was first elected as an MP in 2015.  He rose to prominence when he led the opposition to various attempts to implement Brexit while the party was under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.  In 2019 he convinced the Labour Party conference to support a 2nd referendum over Brexit.  There are strong reasons to believe … Continue reading Starmer’s Labour Party — Editorial 2

Corbyn banned

Corbyn not allowed to stand as Labour MP; Jewish Voice for Labour no longer allowed to affiliate to the Labour Party. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/uproar-as-starmer-bans-corbyn-from-standing-as-labour-candidate [Since this article was written in the Morning Star, 15/2/23, JVL and other organisations have been removed from the list of organisations allowed to affiliate to the Labour Party]. “LABOUR “does not belong … Continue reading Corbyn banned

Blue Labour

BLUE LABOUR - STRONG ON THEORY, WEAK IN PRACTICE REVIEW: Maurice Glasman: Blue Labour - the Politics of the Common Good, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2022. Peter Brooke HOPEFUL BEGINNINGS Back in 2011 it looked as if Maurice Glasman could become highly influential in the Labour Party. Ed Miliband had become leader in 2010 and, casting around … Continue reading Blue Labour

The Budget Debate

Discussion of the Budget in Parliament https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2022-11-17/debates/97DB3122-0068-46CD-B026-F757C8DF39AF/details#contribution-7F63EF1C-81E2-485B-8F3E-D9C47C284CB5 The main issue arising from the budget is the one outlined in the editorial: the anti-working class new fiscal rules that limit public spending and favour the private sector.  Only one MP refers to this (see below) and he’s not Labour.  The other worrying factor is Hunt’s professed admiration for … Continue reading The Budget Debate

The Energy Debate —Parliament Notes

Debate on Energy 8 September 2022, House of Commons https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-09-08/debates/6911DA71-90B4-466D-8B51-DF427AB29B53/UKEnergyCosts The Prime Minister Liz Truss started the Debate by laying out the measures taken to help households and businesses to bear the cost of risen electricity bills.  She then said the aim was to make Britain more self sufficient in energy, in particular by building small … Continue reading The Energy Debate —Parliament Notes