On Labour’s positive policies for journalism

On Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn announced 10 new Labour policies to change the media. Such policies weren’t particularly surprising to see from the Labour leader whose relationship with the press has been… testy since he was elected. It’s good to see, however, that the policies, which aim to shake up Britain’s broken mainstream media, are positive … Continue reading On Labour’s positive policies for journalism

The Labour Party needs mandatory reselection

Well it’s been another dramatic week for the Labour Party. Four Labour MPs defied the whip and voted with the Tories on Tuesday night, effectively keeping May in power, sparking anger amongst Labour members and many Labour voters. Also, on Wednesday morning, senior Labour source John Woodcock resigned from the Labour Party to serve as … Continue reading The Labour Party needs mandatory reselection

On Centrism

In my two previous posts, I have made passing criticisms of centrism. I thought it might be worthwhile outlining exactly why I’m so critical of centrism, and people who define themselves as centrists. After all, what could possibly be wrong with moderate, sensible politics? A key issue with political centrism is that nobody sees themselves … Continue reading On Centrism

“Tory Rebels” and “Labour Moderates”? Our terminology is all wrong.

The political discourse of our 'quality press' exists almost entirely within a fictional centre ground which makes it snooty, condescending, and all too often well off the mark. One of the myriad ways our esteemed political commentators show themselves up is with their wildly inaccurate terminology, particularly their use of the phrases 'Tory Rebels' and … Continue reading “Tory Rebels” and “Labour Moderates”? Our terminology is all wrong.

Labour Live: The commentators were wrong again

There’s nothing I love more than cynical journalists and commentators being proven wrong, and that’s exactly what happened with Labour Live. Labour Live, or ‘JezFest’, as it was dubbed by some, was a festival of music and politics held in North London which brought some 13,000 people together. 13,000 people came to a festival organised … Continue reading Labour Live: The commentators were wrong again