Party, Westminster

Discussion about UK politics, elections, MPs, and the Westminster Parliament.

Time for Plaid and the Greens to collaborate

Posted on October 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments

I watched Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood’s speech to her party conference this weekend on my laptop. My housemate – an economist and environmental activist – was next door, and heard the whole thing. He came in as she got her standing ovation, and asked the obvious question: “was that the leader of the Welsh […]

The system that plays those that it is supposed to help

Posted on October 17, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Sophie is a writer and educator based in Glasgow and a volunteer with Unity Centre Glasgow. Amidst a media war on immigrants and the politics that plays to it, claims of bogus asylum seekers ‘playing the system’ are rife. For the past year and a half, I have volunteered with the Unity Centre, a support […]

The next Green MP? Peter McColl

Posted on October 11, 2014 by | No Comments

In 2015, Greens are targeting a number of seats across the UK. With this in mind, I thought I’d do a quick series of profiles of the candidates in these seats. First up, on the eve of the Scottish Green Party Conference, Peter McColl Scottish Green Party candidate in their national target seat, Edinburgh East. […]

Next, Ed must stand up to the Mail when it bullies the vulnerable

Posted on October 4, 2013 by | No Comments

  This is fun. For those of us who have always hated the Daily Mail, the last week has been, as one tweeter put it, “Christmasy”. It feels like the moment it turns out everyone else hates the school bully too. And so their cruel spell is broken. Let’s hope that Ed will keep being […]

Time for a chat about left electoral pacts?

Posted on July 24, 2013 by | 19 Comments

“There is nothing more divisive on the left than a call for unity”. These wise words came, I am told, from the ever witty Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox after the launch of Ken Loach’s new outfit, Left Unity. He is, of course, right. The prospect that, in the short term, all of the […]

Falkirk West: listen to what the journalists aren’t saying

Posted on July 8, 2013 by | 3 Comments

Lisa Simpson, in an ancient episode of the famous TV series, tells us how to enjoy jazz music: “listen to the notes they’re not playing”. It’s good advice in politics too. In this context, it’s notable that two words are missing from the story we are being told by the media about Falkirk West: “Dennis […]

The Olympics Romneyshambles

Posted on July 26, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Mitt Romney broke the first rule of politics: he told truth. If it wasn’t close to the bone, his comment that London isn’t ready for the Olympics wouldn’t have touched a nerve. As it is, the “joke” was a boot straight in Cameron’s funny bone. The Olympics is, of course, politically complex. It has all […]

Miliband kicks nurses and unemployed young people

Posted on May 9, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Friday was Ed Miliband’s day. Labour’s rise in the local elections revived his leadership and gave him a chance once more to articulate his message without the media sniping at his heals. Such opportunities are rare for party leaders – the space to say what they want to say, the time to craft a message, […]

Galloway’s win should be a wake up call to the left

Posted on March 30, 2012 by | 15 Comments

This morning Ladbrokes will begin the biggest payout in British by-election history. George Galloway, who entered the race as a 33-1 outsider, has won the Bradford West election by a country mile. This sort of shock to the parliamentary political system is rare and and easily dismissed but it should come as a challenge to all […]

David Cameron: Leading Tory Feminist?

Posted on February 14, 2012 by | 4 Comments

It seems that blue feminism is now becoming so fashionable that even the men of the Conservative party are trying it out. This week David Cameron – once described by Louise Mensch the as the “most feminist Prime Minister” we’ve ever had – has suggested that companies should be encouraged to have at least 30% […]

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