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Review: Red Ellen

Bettrys Jones’ fiery portrayal of Ellen Wilkinson in Red Ellen, at the Lyceum this May, presents both the achievements and the failures of the remarkable Labour MP in the 1930s and 40s. Red Ellen manages to perfectly balance its portrayal of Ellen’s political passion and commitment without shying away from her failures and messy personal life.  Ellen […]

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Another promise to increase the minimum wage: students, read the fine print 

Last month, Keir Starmer pledged that should he win a majority, he would ensure a £10 minimum wage. Within his speech made to the TUC conference, Starmer swore to build a new system of rights for workers, the piece de resistance of which would be the increased minimum wage. The promise is nothing new for […]

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Keir Starmer is no Thomas Hobbes, but he doesn’t need to be

When Starmer was first elected leader of the Labour Party, the libertarian commentariat rejoiced: finally, an exacting, methodological needle to prick Johnson’s pomposity. His early PMQs had a laser-like focus – the perfect antidote to the braggadocious Boris. And yet now it seems the tide has turned. His failure to call for Matt Hancock’s resignation […]

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A year on, ‘Starmerism’ appears to be fizzling out

When Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party last year, many Labour members and voters were cautiously optimistic. With good experience in government, and a background in Labour’s soft left, his ascension promised to unify the party and restore it as a vibrant and eminently electable political force. But despite some initial enthusiasm in […]

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News

Starmer rebuffs recent criticism

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has dismissed criticism of his leadership, telling the BBC “The vast majority of our party and our movement are behind what we’re doing.” Starmer, who has not yet been a year in the position, has faced significant opposition from the left of the party – many of whom have […]

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Starmer must act decisively if he is to act as true opposition to the government

Back in September 2020, I wrote an article about how Keir Starmer had managed to claw back support and credibility for the Labour party.  Starmer’s embracing of consensus politics and good dispatch box performance contrasted nicely with the Tory government’s floundering pandemic response and Boris Johnson’s wanting leadership.  Subsequently, Labour experienced a surge in support […]

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Labour have won their battle against Corbyn, but the war won’t end

During the 2016 Brexit referendum, we were told by Vote Leave that leaving the European Union would deliver the biggest blow to the establishment in decades. Indeed, this is how various media outlets reported it in the aftermath. And with the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne falling from power, who could really blame […]

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Corbyn and antisemitism: can we get serious now?

Antisemitism, anti-Zionism, anti the current state of Israel. Three completely different things. The first is hostility to a race; the second is hostility to the idea of Jews having a right to live under the protection of a nation; and the third is hostility to Benjamin Netanyahu’s human-rights abusing regime. To bundle and weaponise these […]