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From the archive: Ten questions for Corbynites

Michael Harris / December 7, 2015 at 9:56 PM 1,568 views

A few days ago I wrote a post entitled ‘How does it end, Jeremy?’ The question I ended with for supporters of Jeremy Corbyn was this: Under what realistically conceivable circumstances could a Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn win?…

From the archive: How does it end, Jeremy?

Michael Harris / December 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM 1,552 views

At the weekend, Jeremy Corbyn’s office released a poll appearing to show that 75 per cent of Labour members were against airstrikes in Syria. This is the first time that I’m aware of Corbyn citing a poll (the rest of…

From the archive: Why is the left so stupid?

Michael Harris / November 29, 2015 at 6:16 PM 6,027 views

Writing in today’s Observer, Andrew Rawnsley lamented that ‘There is no obvious escape route for Labour from the party’s agonies’: “It is trapped with a leader without the confidence of his MPs who can’t be removed while he’s popular with…

What we stand for

Michael Harris / November 16, 2015 at 10:43 PM 1,285 views

In the justified outrage and horror at the events in Paris on Friday, it seems like it’s necessary to remind some commentators about what Islamic extremists seem to hate and we (should) seek to defend (I've included some recent comment…

What further cuts will mean, Prime Minister

Michael Harris / November 15, 2015 at 3:47 PM 2,101 views

According to George Monbiot this week, David Cameron hasn’t the faintest idea how deep his cuts go. Monbiot reported on leaked correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Conservative leader of Oxfordshire county council (which covers Cameron’s own constituency), Cameron…

Tax credits and the Tory press: Then and now

Michael Harris / November 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM 1,166 views

Daily Mail, 8th July 2015 (‘Budget makes Britain a better place to work’): “[T]his was a virtuoso Budget. It was more than a masterclass in wrong-footing opponents – more, even, than the continuation of five years’ work to repair the…

From the archive: The coming Conservative split?

Michael Harris / October 4, 2015 at 11:18 AM 1,623 views

The US Republican party is deeply divided, reflecting deepening fault lines in politics in the States but also the UK and many other countries. As British conservatives gather in Manchester for their party conference, seemingly on top of the world…