"And we need to change, and we will change, the way we behave. I'm fed up with the Punch and Judy politics of Westminster, the name calling, backbiting, point scoring, finger pointing." David Cameron's Conservative victory speech, December 2005. It's over a decade since Tony Blair left Downing Street and forewent the weekly ordeal of… Continue reading Punch and Judy: In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions
At the beginning of the 1990s, single mothers became the 'enemy of the people' in the eyes of hard-right Conservative MPs. But when the party looked to moralise on the issue, they discovered that single mothers were not an alien from an unruly underclass - but within everyone's families, especially the ones of high-ranking Tory Cabinet Ministers.… Continue reading Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Last Time Sleaze Brought Down The Tories
Smethwick. 1964. The original 'Project Fear' campaign, inspired the most evocative election slogan in British political history. It saw an insurgent right-wing exploit local anger towards a 'swarm' of migrants - who were blamed for adding pressure to a severe housing crisis. It pitched an out of touch liberal elite, accused of facilitating a race to the bottom, against a… Continue reading The Original Project Fear: If You Want A N***** For A Neighbour, Vote Labour
The party insiders urged him to call it. David Cameron challenged him to it. Gordon Brown tried to play politics with it for a short term gain. Eventually the hesitancy destroyed a carefully crafted reputation, and Labour have looked like the opposition ever since. So why didn’t Brown call that General Election of 2007? As Gordon… Continue reading Election? What Election? How Brown’s dithering ended the New Labour era
Margaret Thatcher was the most successful Prime Minister of the 20th century. In the beginning though her party didn't want her. She only stood because nobody else was brave enough and in 1975 she became leader by accident. Events would take her all the way to Number 10. Is Jeremy Corbyn on the same path? This… Continue reading “Precisely the sort of candidate who ought to be able to stand, and lose harmlessly’ – Is Corbyn the modern day Thatcher?
This week Unite's Len McCluskey claimed that Labour losing 30 seats in the general election would be a success for Corbyn. It was widely interpreted as expectation management ahead of the next Labour leadership election. However, perhaps there is another explanation for this. Perhaps Len has been studying a long forgotten political campaign strategy, dubbed… Continue reading Should the Tories fear ‘The Queensland Effect’?