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    Labour’s current problems stem from a general uncertainty around the party’s identity

Labour’s current problems stem from a general uncertainty around the party’s identity

The Labour Party once had a clear ideological identity but it is now far harder to locate its vision of society within political debate. Over time both the language of ideology and its persuasive importance have diminished as the party has become reliant on alternative means of gaining appeal. Katharine Dommett argues that the rhetorical move away from ideology […]

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    Taking a more positive lead in favour of Europe raises the debate to where it should be and reflects well on Ed Miliband

Taking a more positive lead in favour of Europe raises the debate to where it should be and reflects well on Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband essentially ruled out an in-out referendum on Europe earlier this week if Labour wins the election. John Gaffney argues that Miliband’s stance emboldens the persona he has cultivated as someone who stands up to the bad guys, from energy companies to the UK tabloids. For this, and for raising the debate on Europe to where it should […]

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    Labour’s position on a referendum is now pretty clear, but Ed Miliband’s speech is unlikely to buttress his leadership credentials

Labour’s position on a referendum is now pretty clear, but Ed Miliband’s speech is unlikely to buttress his leadership credentials

Ed Miliband declared that Labour will no commit to an EU referendum unless there were a transfer of powers to Brussels. Eric Shaw ponders the significance of the announcement and whether it does anything to help Labour and Miliband’s leadership credentials. As for its electoral impact, the speech will probably make little difference either way.

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Ed Miliband: Behind the party reform, a quiet populism

Over the weekend a special Labour Party conference voted overwhelmingly for the Collin’s Review reforms, weakening the link between unions and Labour by reforming how the party’s funded and the leader. Beyond the practical issues, these reforms were about Miliband’s own leadership status and his rhetoric – in his opening speech and closing remarks – were populist, writes John Gaffney. On Saturday […]

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    Labour’s faces a conundrum regarding a referendum on the EU

Labour’s faces a conundrum regarding a referendum on the EU

Why might Labour now be thinking of committing to a referendum on EU membership? The obvious factor is the upcoming European elections, argues Simon Usherwood. Even if most voters are indifferent about voting and oblivious about the issues, Labour feels that it needs to build momentum in the run-up to the general election. The reports that the Labour is considering offering […]

Ed Miliband’s leadership rests on personality politics

Ed Miliband has spent the past three years having his credibility as a future prime minister questioned. The policy proposals he’s announced are designed to help form an idea of his character in the public imagination and to counter the negative perceptions, writes John Gaffney. The Labour Party has started bringing forward policies for 2015, and not a moment too soon. The […]

Labour’s problem is that many now identify the party with social security ‘scroungers’ and immigrants

Social identities and perceptions of social cleavages have not lost their mobilising capacity: they have been reconfigured, argues Eric Shaw. People are less likely, for example, to see themselves (in a politically significant way) as working class but as respectable ‘hard-working families’. The problem that Miliband and the Labour party have is that many people associate them with benefit claimants and immigrants. […]

2014 will be the year of living nervously for all of Britain’s main political parties

Looking ahead to what 2014 holds in store for Britain’s main political parties, Eunice Goes writes that this year will test David Cameron’s leadership skills to the limit with the European parliament elections, the Scottish referendum, and potential interest rate hikes by the Bank of England looming. On the other hand, she predicts life will not be much easier for the leader […]

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