Labour leadership analysis: ‘Fight and fight and fight again’

  Scarborough, 1960, and a conference vote, against the leader’s wishes, has committed Labour to a policy of unilateral nuclear disarmament.  Defiant, the party leader, Hugh Gaitskell, declares that he will ‘fight and fight and fight again to save the party we love.’ Gaitskell’s biographer describes Labour’s deep division in 1960 thus, “It was a …

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Class dismissed

  The referendum results marks the latest, and most decisive, step on the road that marks the end of the domination of the political class, as it has been known for decades. The class is being dismissed and David Cameron is just the latest victim. The political class that has dominated all the main parties …

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EU Referendum: Nothing to Fear?

  As their economy nosedived into depression, President Franklin Roosevelt famously told the American public that there was nothing to fear except fear itself. Fear was the enemy of the good.  Hope was the friend of recovery.  And from that it has generally been held that the combination of change allied to plausible hope is …

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Mr Cameron’s nightmare win

  It’s the morning after the European referendum.  The Prime Minister and his team are in Number 10 watching the results come in.  After the first few returns, they begin popping the champagne corks to celebrate.  The Prime Minister declares on television that the great national debate is over.  The most outspoken Eurosceptic in his …

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The magician’s ploy

The magician doesn’t want you to see what he’s really doing.  So he draws your attention to something minor, in the hope that you won’t spot what actually makes the trick work. The Prime Minister’s ‘Dear Donald’ letter isn’t quite as sneaky, but there is more than a hint of the same ploy. The migrant …

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