Keir Starmer needs to shake up Labour’s machine – starting at the top

Just as Iain Duncan Smith’s election as Conservative leader in 2001 was overshadowed by 9/11 two days earlier, so the Coronavirus pandemic will overshadow Keir Starmer’s almost certain election on Saturday as Labour’s leader. Yet it will be an important moment for the party and for British politics; how important may depend on what he … Continue reading Keir Starmer needs to shake up Labour’s machine – starting at the top

How M&S closures illuminate Brexit Britain and last month’s election

If you live in Darlington, Keighley, Barrow, Stockton, Walsall or Warrington, you probably know that your once-Labour town voted Leave in 2016 and now has a Conservative MP. You are even more likely to know something else. Your town has lost its Marks and Spencer. For some residents, the loss of their M&S is of … Continue reading How M&S closures illuminate Brexit Britain and last month’s election

Five lessons from last week’s election

Here are five take-aways, beyond the bleeding obvious, from last week’s election. If you discount London, Britain’s major cities will send more Scottish nationalists than Conservatives to Westminster. It’s worth noting where the Tories made little headway, not just where they made lots. The great majority of their gains were in small and medium-sized towns. … Continue reading Five lessons from last week’s election