Party politics and elections

Labour should not be the champion of EU free movement

It’s time for the Labour Party to have a sensible discussion about immigration within the EU. The traditional perspective of the British socialist Left on immigration is neither the liberal viewpoint that immigration is inherently good nor the xenophobic viewpoint that it is inherently bad. Instead, practically minded British socialists have argued that immigration must be evaluated on the […]

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    A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

A double bind: Cameron urges non-discrimination in one policy area, while wanting to discriminate in another

The UK government has entered the final stages of its negotiations with the EU. The issues of immigration control and the refugee crisis seem to overshadow the debate. Yet, as Waltraud Schelkle points out, the “Dear Donald — Yours David” letter of Prime Minister Cameron to European Council President Tusk reveals that the other leading issue is financial integration […]

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    By focusing on voter turnout, the government fails to understand the democratic process

By focusing on voter turnout, the government fails to understand the democratic process

Trade union strikes can legally go ahead if more than half the votes are in favour of action, regardless of how many members vote. The Trade Union Bill seeks to change this process by requiring that at least 50 per cent of all eligible members take part for such ballots to be legitimate. Christopher Kirkland and Matthew Wood argue […]

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    Debate: Blue Labour is not a dead end, it’s part of the way forward – a response to Ben Margulies

Debate: Blue Labour is not a dead end, it’s part of the way forward – a response to Ben Margulies

The future direction and electoral strategy of the Labour Party is currently at the forefront of political discussion in the UK. One such idea has been that of ‘Blue Labour’: a re-connection with blue-collar voters, outlined in an article by Adrian Pabst. However, Ben Margulies critiqued this approach as being inherently conservative and backward-looking. Here, Adrian responds to these criticisms.

I welcome the […]

Debate: Why Blue Labour is a dead end

Adrian Pabst recently argued on this blog that Labour has become disconnected from blue-collar voters, with it’s rhetoric and policy appealing to an increasingly narrow segment of the population. He suggested that the ‘Blue Labour’ movement offers a way forward to address this issue. Here, Ben Margulies responds with a counter to this argument, suggesting the way forward is not to be found in the Blue Labour idea, which […]

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    Representative samples are an issue for the pollsters – but so are respondents who lie

Representative samples are an issue for the pollsters – but so are respondents who lie

The British Polling Council recently published their report about what went wrong with the polls in the 2015 general election. The report dismissed problems associated with voter registration, question wording, postal voting and mode of interviewing and opted for unrepresentative samples as the key factor in explaining what happened. Here, Paul Whiteley and Harold Clarke make the case for […]

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    When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

When should Cameron resign? Lessons from Wilson, Thatcher, and Blair

The Prime Minister recently vowed to remain in office if he lost the referendum on the UK’s EU membership. His comments came less than a year after he told the BBC his plan was to step down before the 2020 election. So when, if ever, should prime ministers resign and what impact does such a choice have? Kingsley Purdam, […]

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    Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Campaigners should not overestimate the influence of traditional newspapers, says Charlie Beckett: their sales are in decline and they face competition from more politically neutral and humorous news sites like Buzzfeed and Vice. In any case, it is patronising to assume that a sheep-like public follow the diktats of the media they read. He identifies the outlets which will help swing […]

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