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27.02.15

Miliband hits the right notes

I had this on the Progress website earlier this week.

It is rare for prime ministers or leaders of the opposition to give speeches on the arts. Delivering one last night, Ed Miliband observed that Tony Blair once did. Jim Hacker, a character in Yes, Minister did too. Noting that in doing so, Hacker closed BBC Radio 3, Miliband drew laughter. A BBC journalist was rewarded with more laughs for congratulating Miliband on not doing the same.

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27.02.15

Labour’s strategic priority must be to demonstrate how it will lead

I had this on Labour Uncut earlier this week.

At the end of last year, I wrote on three reasons for Labour victory in 2015: brand, economy, and leadership. Let’s revisit them.

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27.02.15

Three reasons for Labour victory in 2015

I had this on Labour Uncut at the end of last year.

Tony Blair might be despondent about Labour’s prospects but all is not lost, there are three reasons for Labour victory in 2015: leadership, economy and brand.

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20.12.14

If we are all Labour Uncutters now, let’s do this properly

I had this on Labour Uncut earlier this week.

We are all in the black Labourites now, Labour Uncutters and proud. It was In the Black Labour published by Policy Network in 2011 that reminded us that fiscal prudence and social justice are complementary. It was Labour Uncut at conference in 2013 who provided detail in our book on how this might be done, how £34bn of additional savings in 2015/16 could be reallocated to Labour priorities.

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20.12.14

Liverpool must back Rodgers and Labour must back Miliband

I had this on Labour Uncut a few weeks ago.

I’ve supported Liverpool FC since the 1986 FA Cup final, the first match I saw on TV. Because red was the colour for my six year old self. Not because, or so I’ve told myself, Liverpool won. My Dad probably also encouraged me, having debarred me from wearing the Manchester United shirt that my Mum had previously bought for me, and before long we were on the M6 to Anfield from Cumbria.

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18.11.14

Closing Labour’s deficit

I had this in the current Progress magazine.

The Conservatives may not have won the last general election but Labour lost it. Labour was thought too keen on spending other people’s money, particularly in areas where the public are least keen to see their money spent, such as working-age welfare. As the Labour leadership candidates were reaching for the party’s erogenous zones, which are rarely associated with fiscal discipline, George Osborne was trashing Labour’s record, which was supposedly so disastrous that an ‘emergency budget’ was deemed necessary. This budget anticipated a surplus by the next general election. Tough commitments on welfare and immigration also quickly emerged.

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18.11.14

Authenticity is the key to Labour defeating the new insurgents

I had this on Labour Uncut yesterday.

Labour is about to throw away a winnable election, according to Phil Collins’ latest fiery column, because its leader cannot fathom that he needs to convince us he will take care of our money. As a consistent Uncut theme, we cannot be accused of not being forthright in stressing this need. We are eager to avoid Labour falling short in public estimation of whether the party is capable of taking the tough decisions on public spending that closing the deficit requires.

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18.11.14

The EU can be a winning card for Labour – but is not without its risks

I had this on Labour Uncut last week.

EU debate is going to get hotter, I warned on Labour Uncut three years ago. And so it has. George Osborne spent the weekend defending the UK’s EU financing. Ed Miliband successfully led at PMQs on the paucity of David Cameron’s progress in renegotiating the UK’s EU membership. He is also expected to major on the issue in a speech to the CBI today.

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18.11.14

Why is Miliband struggling where Kinnock prospered?

I had this on Labour Uncut a few weeks ago.

On 4 February 1975, Margaret Thatcher defeated Edward Heath in a leadership ballot among Conservative MPs. The Spectator showed the way the wind was blowing four months earlier. It would seem to be of the first importance; it reported on 2 November 1974, that Mr Heath’s successor should be someone who is not ashamed of being a Conservative.

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27.09.14

Milibelievers were thin on the ground at Labour conference

I had this on Labour Uncut after Labour Party conference.

Throughout Ed Miliband’s leadership there have been those at Labour Party conference prepared to mock and criticise him. There have also been Milibelivers. In between these pessimists and optimists have been pragmatists, seeing both positives and weaknesses in Miliband, seeking to accentuate the former and minimise the latter.

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27.09.14

What Ed must do in his speech: Respond to EVEL

I had this on Labour Uncut before Ed Miliband’s speech at Labour Party conference.

Quebec came close to voting for independence in the 1990s. It was then granted more powers and support for independence declined. It is to be hoped that Scotland follows the same trajectory. But it should be noted that Canada and Quebec achieved this in the much more economically benign era of the 1990s. When economies are growing and wages are rising, people display less of a tendency to be seduced by the false consolations of nationalism. Therefore, when Ed Balls in his conference speech moved quickly from English votes on English laws (EVEL) to the inequities of zero hour contracts, he was not talking about unrelated issues. But he was talking about distinct issues.

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27.09.14

The questions for #Lab14

I had this on Labour Uncut at the start of Labour Party conference.

In 2010, Ed Miliband won the Labour leadership and started talking about the squeezed middle. The following year he gave us producers and predators. 2012 was the year of One Nation Labour. And last year the energy price freeze was the big thing.

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