New Labour

Why are New Labour wonks directing Tory policy?

10 March 2017 14:38

Theresa May’s announcement that the vote on raising National Insurance contributions for the self-employed will be delayed until after the…

What the papers say: Why we’ve ‘had enough’ of Lord Mandelson

20 February 2017 8:27

After Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell returned to urge a revolt against Brexit, only one thing was missing: Peter Mandelson,…

Jeremy Corbyn has decided to campaign like New Labour

13 September 2016 14:02

Jeremy Corbyn has today announced the launch of the Labour Organising Academy, a new body designed to look at methods…

The Spectator podcast: Brexit, and the return of political lying

28 May 2016 9:29

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The Spectator podcast: Brexit, and the return of political lying

26 May 2016 8:00

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

Sketch: Corbyn’s speech proved he is as cunning as Blair

29 September 2015 17:38

He looked bored. He looked dishevelled. His half-knotted crimson tie sagged disconsolately beneath his bearded throat. The drab jacket seemed…

Owen Jones’s election advice falls flat with Alastair Campbell

13 September 2015 11:44

With Jeremy Corbyn appointed as the new leader of the Labour party, few could be more pleased by the news than…

Is Andy Burnham telling the whole truth about his time outside Westminster?

11 August 2015 18:49

The Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham, who has worked in politics for 21 years, makes much of his life outside…

The New Labour influences on Osborne’s Budget

9 July 2015 12:56

George Osborne had a ringside seat for New Labour’s dominance of British politics and you could see the influence that…

Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his ‘blood money’ Labour donation

6 March 2015 15:22

This week Tony Blair donated £106,000 to the Labour Party, with £1,000 going to each Labour candidate fighting for a…

Brian Cox bans Ed Miliband from using 1997 Labour anthem

4 February 2015 15:23

D:Ream’s Things Can Only Get Better was the song of choice in the Labour campaign that saw Tony Blair win the 1997 general election. Alas,…

Miliband’s message: I’m neither New Labour nor Old Labour

19 July 2014 8:52

On the hottest weekend of the year, few people would want to be stuck inside in Milton Keynes. But that…

Don’t knock Cool Britannia II – it’s a clever move by the Tories

30 June 2014 17:04

It sounds like a cruise liner, doesn’t it? The Cool Britannia II: stopping at Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and…

Tax Freedom Day is a reminder of the choice in 2015: high tax Labour, low tax Conservatives

28 May 2014 14:02

Tax Freedom Day, which falls today, is cause for celebration. It marks the point in the calendar when someone’s income…

Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy…

Tony Blair’s cultural revolution has won, at least in the Conservative Party

17 January 2014 14:34

As Rod pointed out the other day, Arthur Scargill’s purchase of his council flat illustrated the triumph of Thatcherism over…

Farewell Jack Straw

25 October 2013 23:14

It is a shame that we will be losing Jack Straw at the next election. He has just announced his…

Boom turns to bust for Gay Hussar

25 October 2013 13:38

Is it the end of another yet another political eatery? Tory favourites Shepherd’s, the Atrium and St Stephen’s Club in…

Finally – Damian McBride provides the Labour confession we’ve been waiting for

20 September 2013 10:34

‘Drug use; spousal abuse; secret alcoholism; extra-marital affairs. I estimate I did nothing with 95 per cent of the stories I…

David Miliband resignation: political and press reaction

27 March 2013 8:39

Here is a selection of what various Labour big wigs, political commentators and media figures have made of Miliband’s decision…