10 Years on from his resignation as Prime Minister, Tony Blair remains the most divisive figure in British politics - but did it have to be this way? This weekend a video emerged from the Progress conference of the journalist and broadcaster, Paul Mason tackling the 'Blairites' within the Labour party. After being boxed into… Continue reading “Under him, Labour has become the natural party of government” – In Defence of Tony Blair
1955-1963 - Nationalisation, Unilateralism, Europe The period following Attlee's resignation would be a pivotal one for the party, and see a battle for the party's soul emerge, as the old-guard made way for the new. During this period key figures such as Harold Wilson, Roy Jenkins, Denis Healey, Woodrow Wyatt, Dick Crossman, Tony Benn and… Continue reading Civil War: The Gaitskell Era – Labour’s Lost Leader Poll
'I look around my colleagues and i see Landlords, Capitalists and Lawyers. We are a cross section of the national life and this is something that has never happened before' Arthur Greenwood - Lord Privy Seal - 1945 A New Jerusalem There were only 62 days between the end of the second World War and… Continue reading A New Jerusalem: The Attlee Era – Labour’s Lost Leader Poll
In September 1978, Jim Callaghan had a big decision to make. Having navigated Britain through one the most tumultuous and anarchic periods in modern history, he began to move clear of Margaret Thatcher in some opinion polls. Once more, he had managed an economic turnaround without a parliamentary majority, surviving day to day by the… Continue reading Callaghan’s Minority Government Divided Labour For 18 Years – So What Chance Does The Maybot Have?
Jeremy Corbyn never really wanted the top job. And as we so often forget, his implausible ascent to the top of the Labour party almost fell at the first hurdle. The Magic Number On that sunny afternoon two years ago today, I took odds of 200/1, on the Betfair Exchange, for Corbyn to win the… Continue reading 45 Minutes That Changed The Course Of History – How 200/1 Corbyn Made It Onto The Leadership Ballot
Are you ready to get back on the campaign trail? As we enjoy a well-earned summer reprieve from Labour leadership contests (For the first time since 2014!) I thought we could look at Labour’s ‘lost’ leaders and run our own hypothetical contest. Labour’s post-war history is littered with some of the most successful and transformative… Continue reading YOU DECIDE: Labour’s Lost Leader
The last time Britain held a ‘Crisis Election’, Ted Heath asked the question 'Who Governs?’ The perceived wisdom, is that the electorate said ‘Not you!’, but the answer was actually ‘None of you!’. I have written about that campaign in What happened the last time the Tories called a snap election? They lost But after… Continue reading The Shortest Parliament – Labour, 1974 and a doomed Minority Government