Thursday, 2 September 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
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Monday, 2 August 2010
Friday, 30 July 2010
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
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Monday, 26 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
If I have any readers left, can I point you to the button on the sidebar that will take you to the Total Politics poll of best blogs 2010. As usual, this is being run by Total Politics and promoted by Iain Dale, Labour List and Lib Dem Voice. Some rules you may need to know:
1. You must vote for your ten favourite blogs and ranks them from 1 (your favourite) to 10 (your tenth favourite).
2. Your votes must be ranked from 1 to 10. Any votes which do not have rankings will not be counted.
3. You MUST include at least FIVE blogs in your list, but please list ten if you can. If you include fewer than five, your vote will not count.
4. Email your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Only vote once.
6. Only blogs based in the UK, run by UK residents or based on UK politics are eligible. No blog will be excluded from voting.
7. Anonymous votes left in the comments will not count. You must give a name
8. All votes must be received by midnight on 31 July 2010. Any votes received after that date will not count.
I finished fourth in Scotland last year, but was much more active than I have been recently, so I'm not expecting much. Indeed, I'm not even going to ask for your vote. All I'm suggesting is that if you read blogs, you may want to vote. Go on...
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Also, when Nicol Stephen stood down as leader of the Scottish Lib Dems in 2008, he said it was because he wanted to spend more time with his four children. Is there a chance he might retire as an MSP as well?
So, I make that:
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
- In 1979, Labour lost a general election to the Tories, the first of four consecutive election defeats. They did so on the back of the "Winter of Discontent" - union strikes on the back of Labour economic policy.
- In 2010, Labour lost a general election (and who knows if it will be the first of four or more defeats) to a Tory (and Lib Dem) government on the back of an economic mess - partly (if I'm being fair) brought about by Labour economic policy.
- In 1979, Labour MPs believed that the party needed time in opposition in order to re-establish the party and examine what it stood for.
- In 2010, Labour MPs and former MPs - including David Blunkett, John Reid, Andy Burnham, Dianne Abbott and Tom Harris and many more besides - argued against a "progressive coalition"/ "coalition of the losers" in favour of the Labour party leaving the Tories to govern and taking time to work out where Labour could go next.
- In 1983, the general election immediately following 1979, Labour lurched to the left under Micheal Foot, producing a manifesto dubbed "The Longest Suicide Note in History" which saw the party take a drubbing at the polls, polling just 27% of the vote - only 2% ahead of the Alliance.
- In 2015, Labour will have the opportunity to repeat that mistake. And it would be a mistake... but what choice do they have?
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
UPDATE - I just read Alex Massie of the Spectator on the very issue, and it seems he's equally speculative regarding the future - but paints an equally bleak picture for Labour.