Above: Milne, Murray and Murphy By Martin Thomas On Wednesday 19 February 2020, the Financial Times reported that Andrew Murray had resigned from his job in the Labour Party "Leader's Office". His associate Karie Murphy has already been lined up to go to the House of Lords. We still don't know whether Seumas Milne, the … Continue reading Andrew Murray: good riddance
Above: Seumas Milne and Karie Murphy (PA/AFR via Getty) Alan Simpson, the respected former MP and loyal friend to Jeremy Corbyn, has laid into the Stalinist factionists who ran Corbyn's office (LOTO) and Labour’s election campaign. The background is in a post on his blog in January. Après le déluge January the 9th. Corbyn inherited … Continue reading Alan Simpson lays into the Stalinist “cabal” who led Labour to catastrophic defeat
A personal view from Andrew Coates (first published at his blog, Tendance Coatesy): “Newly dominant reactionary forces call for the undermining trade pacts and presaging trade wars, denouncing supranational institutions and cosmopolitan elites, while stoking the flames of racism and violence against migrants. Even some on the left, some herald a renewed national sovereignty to … Continue reading Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left
Above: Ian Lavery on Good Morning Britain (note his emphasis on the "white working class") Various uncritical Corbyn-fans, Stalinists and little-Englanders are wasting no time in claiming "we lost because we were too pro-Remain." This weekend's Morning Star, in typical tawdry and dishonest fashion, uses its front page to gloat that "REMAIN IS OVER", quoting … Continue reading Labour leavers gloat and bleat over Labour’s Brexit stance
Above: Corbyn kept his own seat but Labour suffered catastrophic results nationally (photo: Leon Neil/Getty Images) By Sienna Rodgers (LabourList) We had a general election, and the country decided to return a Tory majority of at least 76 – the Conservative Party’s biggest victory since 1987. There is one constituency left to declare, the Tory-Lib … Continue reading Some initial reflections on a shocking defeat
From Workers Liberty: If Labour wins a majority government, some activists will think or semi-think “job done”. There will be a feeling we have navigated deadly rapids to a place of a safety. But in fact the struggle will likely intensify, and become harder. Labour’s manifesto proposes only moderately higher taxes on the best-off, and … Continue reading After 12 December: what next for the left?
Above: Andrew Neil issues his challenge By Sienna Rodgers (of LabourList) Labour complained to the BBC about its “slanted and biased” coverage of the general election yesterday. In a letter to the Director General, campaign chief Andrew Gwynne accused the organisation of a “worrying failure” to meet its obligations around “fairness and impartiality” in terms of … Continue reading What else are the Tories hiding?