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Could membership of the single market be the wedge that causes a Labour split?

In a time when barely an hour passes without something interesting happening in British politics, some people might have missed that Jeremy Corbyn’s position on the UK remaining in the single market appears to have got a little muddy this afternoon: Labour source…

A theory in progress: Managerial vs transformative politics

So, this is a rough outline for an idea I’ve had about how to understand and interpret some bits of British politics. I’d appreciate any comments on it, just to know if it’s worth thinking and working on further, or if it needs…

If Labour were going to split, they’d have done it by now

Amidst the fun (for certain values of the word ‘fun’, anyway) of this summer’s Labour leadership contest, there’s a regularly repeated assumption that the result of it will lead to the party splitting. As the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn appears likelier and likelier,…

Open to your ‘legitimate concerns’

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a series of emails from Will Straw and others involved in the Stronger In campaign talking about many things and occasionally asking my opinion on what they should do next. (It’s interesting, if unsurprising, that none…

Why I think the next General Election will be in 2018

Despite the existence of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, there’s a lot of speculation about just when the next General Election might be. It’s entirely understandable given the current political situation and how much has changed in the fifteen months since the last…

Lessons from the SDP for the potential of a Labour split

With all the talk at the moment of a potential Labour split, I thought it might be useful to take a look back at the history of the last major split in the party by reading Crewe and King’s history of the SDP,…

United, more or less

There’s a new movement in British politics. As the name Nice (And Moderately Famous) People In Favour Of Good Things was considered too long, they instead chose More United as their title. It’s an odd beast, talking about politics and policies in the…

Finally, a use for Liam Fox

It’s the first round of MP balloting in the Conservative Party leadership election today, with five candidates for them to choose from: Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb, Michael Gove and disgraced former minister Liam Fox who resigned in disgrace. Now, you might…

So what am I thinking about today?

I’m thinking back to 1987, when I got the chance to go to West Berlin on a school trip. I can remember seeing the Berlin Wall, one side of it covered in defiantly hopeful graffiti, the other flanked by a massive literal dead…

Why online voting creates more problems than it solves

There’s a new law in politics: whenever there’s been an election with a disappointing turnout (so, pretty much any time there’s an election in the UK) someone will pipe up with ‘we should vote on the internet, that’ll boost turnout’. Someone (occasionally me)…

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