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Now the EU referendum sees Project Fear vs Project Bastard

The Brexiters are placing artificial limits on legitimacy

15 March 2016 · Leave a comment

The strange confusion of the Brexit bedfellows

First thoughts on the Breferendum

8 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quirky, inclusive, positive: The New Day

A surprisingly fresh read

29 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Heidi high: what Alexander’s appointment means for politics under Corbyn

One of the big question marks over Andy Burnham’s Labour leadership bid was over his performance in the Health brief. He did well enough (or Lansley did badly enough) for … Continue reading

14 September 2015 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on day one of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership

As I write this, it’s all kicking off: a Twitter storm about Ivan Lewis alongside Chuka Umunna and Mary Creagh’s resignation from the Labour front bench. Unmistakeable glee from the … Continue reading

13 September 2015 · 1 Comment

Ed Miliband is right: reform of PMQs is badly needed

So Ed Miliband wants PMQs to be reformed, and partly replaced by public questioning of the PM. He’s not wrong. Although Prime Minister’s Questions are much loved by the party … Continue reading

28 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Austin Boris: the motivation of maverick politicians

GMB leader Paul Kenny has laid down a challenge to Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. ‘If [you] cannot make any spending commitments to give dignity to our people in retirement in … Continue reading

12 June 2014 · 2 Comments

Crash and Byrne: Liam never recovered from his Ratner moment

There’s been much talk about how Liam Byrne’s demotion from Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet stems from his status as a Blairite. I say ‘much talk’ though I really mean a … Continue reading

7 October 2013 · Leave a comment

Hardworking may be the hardest word

Take a trip to the centre of Manchester between now and Wednesday and you may be greeted with this sight: That’s right. A hotel saying it’s for the hardworking – … Continue reading

29 September 2013 · 1 Comment

10 thoughts on Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference

It’s time to ditch the ‘speaking without notes’ gimmick. Last year, it was fresh and unexpected. This year, I’m not sure that the hours of practice couldn’t have been better … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · 2 Comments