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Look North

When the US bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks he replied “because it’s where the money is.”  Political parties need also to be looking “where the seats are” and examining reality rather than falling for mythology.That...

Mission Impossible?

In the basement of the Fabian Society offices sit a series of archive shelves that slide around like something out of an Indiana Jones library set. When in the basement waiting for a printing job to finish, I occasionally flick...

The 'Core Vote, Swing Vote' fallacy

There are core voters in every social group, just as there are swing voters in every social group. 

On one level, of course, the answer to why Labour lost so catastrophically in 2010 is simple: we had presided over an enormous...

Achieving a progressive majority

Labour’s route back to power lies in coalition with other parties that share our values.



This piece was first published in Spring 2012 edition of the Fabian Review

An alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats; who on earth, after their treachery,...

Allow organisers to organise...

Election night in 2010 was full of surprises. The defeat itself was not one of them; the steady loss of Labour support since the fateful ‘election that never was’ in 2007 became a torrent by 2009 from which it was...

A six point plan for Labour

In the four decades I have spent following politics, one thing I have learned is that, when all else fails, it is worth telling the truth.

This is not meant to be a slick or flippant remark; rather it recognises something...

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