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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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27.09.14

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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27.09.14

Labour now has big questions to answer

I had this on Labour Uncut after the Scottish referendum result.

The Scottish referendum is the most tumultuous event in British politics in my lifetime. Writing on Labour Uncut in February, I anticipated that Scotland would stay together but potentially on bitter and cantankerous terms. What I didn’t see until much later was that Yes victory would seem a distinct possibility and that bitterness and rancour would spill from Scotland into the rest of the UK.

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27.09.14

We need more Jim Murphy and less Douglas Carswell

I had this on Labour Uncut during the Scottish referendum.

On two separate occasions this year I have been surprised by intelligent Scots telling me that they are considering voting yes in the independence referendum. Why would they contemplate something that seems to me small-minded and inward-looking?

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26.03.13

Osborne chooses Tory politics over one nation economics

I had this reaction to Budget 2013 on Labour Uncut.

Daniel Finkelstein is a leading commentator and one of David Cameron’s most articulate defenders. No other columnist has the economic gravitas of Martin Wolf. Pieces from Finkelstein and Wolf in the week before the Budget exposed the tensions at the heart of the government’s economic and political strategies.

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11.04.11

Budget 2011: David Cameron is Ricky Hatton’s Mum

I had this on Labour Uncut on the day of the Budget.

The current Spectator cover story claims that Conservatives are as struck by panic as they were in the autumn of 2007 when Gordon Brown seemed set to crush them by calling an election. George Osborne saved their bacon then and they look to him to revive them now. Everyone else is looking at Libya. Hence, the impact of the budget will be dimmed. But Osborne will try to pull a big enough rabbit out of his hat to wrest attention away from the middle east.

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22.03.11

Miliband can own the future in a way that Cameron can’t

I had this on Labour Uncut today.

The longer Gordon Brown was prime minister, the harder it became, sadly, to picture him in post at the 2012 Olympics. His purchase on the future evaporated. Ed Miliband has to recover this to return to government. He has to convince that he has the answers to the challenges of 2015 and beyond. And personify these answers.

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21.03.11

Win, lose or draw for Labour

I went to the Progress political weekend and wrote about it on their blog:

In two separate sessions at the Progress political weekend Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy both said that Labour needs a draw on the deficit and a win on growth. Spooky. It was almost like they were singing from the same hymn sheet.

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21.03.11

Win, lose or draw for Labour

I went to the Progress political weekend and wrote about it on their blog:

In two separate sessions at the Progress political weekend Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy both said that Labour needs a draw on the deficit and a win on growth. Spooky. It was almost like they were singing from the same hymn sheet.

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03.10.10

The long march from Manchester to a new socialism

I wrote for Labour Uncut on Friday on the long march from Manchester to a new socialism.

Manchester, so much to answer for. And questions remain. We know that David Miliband, Nick Brown and (we hope) Red Ed will not be in Ed Miliband’s top team. This really was a “turn the page” election, but the next chapter brings questions as well as answers.

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