General Election: Vote!

TL; DR: Vote Against the Tories This is long, and I’ll understand if you don’t want to read it. So, a summary. The election should never have been called; Labour should have resisted it when it was. But now that it’s here we need to take advantage of it to protect the NHS. And maybe…

Beginning of the End

A total of 47 Labour MPs voted against the Brexit bill, joining 50 SNP MPs and seven Liberal Democrats. Just one Conservative MP, Ken Clarke, joined them in the division lobbies, to applause from Labour rebels.

A fifth of Labour MPs defy three line whip to vote against article 50 bill | Politics | The Guardian

Well done to all the rebels. But really, Tories: only one? Only Ken Clarke? Is that really you doing your duty, acting in the best interests of the country?

We’re living through the death of representative democracy.

Smith & Jones

The "other" Labour leadership candidate, as you might say, is called Owen Smith. There is a Guardian and New Statesman columnist and noted left-wing writer called Owen Jones. It's easy to confuse them; I saw this article (which is actually from almost exactly a year ago, and is about the first leadership election, but never…

Leadership

There has been little in the news lately but the refugee crisis and the Labour leadership election. I'm here to talk, briefly, before the polls close on Thursday, about the latter. I just voted, and guess what? For Jeremy Corbyn. I've never been a member of the party before. ((The title of my blog is…