New Labour

Cab for Hire: Dispatches and the Moral Collapse of the Political Class

22 March 2010 22:59

I am still reeling from Antony Barnett’s Dispatches investigation into MPs and lobbying. Truly brilliant TV. Horribly watchable. Exquisitely awful.…

The Tories’ Unite strategy is paying unimagined dividends

17 March 2010 10:38

The Tories Unite strategy has been so effective, even Peter Mandelson is peddling it. Led by Mandelson, Labour’s isolated right…

Affluence for influence

12 March 2010 9:07

I’d assumed the left was dead, but Mehdi Hasan says otherwise. The left is triumphant. Whilst Hasan defines left with…

Are Universities the Victims of Mandelson’s Mega-Empire?

13 January 2010 12:13

It seemed odd when universities were given their own mini-department under John Denham. Remember the Department of Innovation, Universities and…

Strange and Getting Stranger

11 January 2010 17:30

It is just plain bizarre that Gordon Brown has announced that he will serve a full term if Labour wins…

The Tories are frustrating, but Labour is unelectable

5 January 2010 18:00

Ok, Coffee House has given the Tories short-shrift in recent weeks, but this is a reaction born of frustration. The…

War of attrition may prove to be Labour’s downfall

5 January 2010 10:47

The party that nearly bankrupted Britain has bankrupt itself. The Times reports that, once again, Labour’s coffers are bare and…

Broken Britain: The Reality

26 November 2009 9:55

I was hugely impressed by a long article by my former colleague Rob Yates, in this weekend’s Observer magazine. Rob…

Why Say it if You Won’t Act?

28 September 2009 11:49

The only conversation I have had so far at Labour Party conference is about why everyone realises that Gordon Brown…

What Next for the "Decent" Left?

21 September 2009 22:51

Earlier this month I was asked to address an audience about what future there might be for the “decent left”.…

A very risky strategy

25 August 2009 11:03

Labour’s attempt to create a new dividing line on cuts is intriguing because it suggests that the government reckons we…

My Thoughts on Labour’s Predicament for Demos

14 June 2009 11:31

I have written an essay for a Demos pamphlet called What Next for Labour? In it I have compared two…

The Madness of New Labour

12 June 2009 23:01

A subject close to my heart is the fear of mental collapse that lies just below the surface of New Labour. So…

The Inevitability of Gradualness

13 May 2009 23:49

I have been reading Marcia Williams’s 1972 memoir of her time with Harold Wilson, Inside Number 10 (no don’t ask…

Tribalism: The Curse of Labour

11 April 2009 9:32

The official line from Number 10 is that Damian McBride’s emails were “juvenile and inappropriate” and that all staff will…

Some Thoughts on Political History

15 March 2009 23:14

The brutal truth about politics is that a whole career can often be telescoped into a single defining event. The…

The Complex Personality of Peter Hain

8 March 2009 9:58

A good mini-scoop from the Independent on Sunday based on an article from Peter Hain. News stories based on articles…

Bloody Students: The Next Generation

22 February 2009 13:50

I’ve been teaching the politics specialism at City University’s journalism course and I’ve been pleasantly surprised how much fun it…

Anyone Feel Sorry for Tessa Jowell?

22 February 2009 7:19

I have already been teased by the readers of this blog for suggesting that it was possible to feel sympathy…