Campaigns Updates

  • Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs

    May 08, 2020

    Dutch Child Refugees Arriving in Britain, Essex in 1945


    This is an edited Q & A with WW2 child refugee Lord Alf Dubs who has vigorously campaigned for the UK to do more when it comes to the rights of child refugees and is now a Labour Peer.

  • The view from Piedmont

    May 06, 2020

    After over seven weeks of shut down in Italy, people weary of mask-wearing and worried about when they can return to work, despair at the lack of EU urgency. The time for summitry is over. They must be shown and not just told about solidarity. 

  • In May 1945 Britain Celebrated Victory In Europe And Then Gave Up On Its Reconstruction

    May 06, 2020

    Once again, we are having a wondrous warm wallow in the waters of WW2 nostalgia, the sense that Britain paid the highest price, won the most battles and was under Churchill the colossus nation that conquered Hitler’s nationalist ideology and liberated Europe.

    Russians, Poles, Americans, Indians, the resistance in France, Italy, Greece and the Balkans also played a part, but we just write them out of the “We Won WW2” script.

  • Voters Will Not Want A Return To Brexit Chaos

    April 30, 2020

    (Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash)

    At the moment, the government is adamant that it will not extend the transition period beyond December 31st. But it is worth remembering that Boris Johnson claimed he would “die in a ditch” rather than allow an extension of Britain’s EU membership beyond October 31st. That date came and went with barely a murmur and six weeks later Johnson won a landslide in the General Election. Anyone familiar with Johnson’s career knows that he is supremely comfortable with saying whatever he thinks will win him votes and popularity – so it is likely that any decision he makes around the transition period will be influenced by what he thinks the electorate wants.

  • COVID And Climate Change – The Lessons

    April 24, 2020

    The coronavirus crisis is far from over, but it is already teaching us lessons about how to tackle that other global crisis – climate change.

  • Johnson Back At Work Soon - A Promise Or A Threat?

    April 22, 2020

    Boris Johnson will soon be back full time as Prime Minister, we are told. How long will it be before Downing Street get him to do what he does best – a stunt? Maybe driving a bulldozer through a polystyrene wall with a slogan “Get Covid Gone.” Sadly, the JCB factory where Johnson performed that General Election stunt has its workers on furlough. 

  • Boris Johnson’s First Big Decision When He Returns To No 10 Won’t Be On Coronavirus But His Obsession - Brexit

    April 20, 2020

    As he savoured his moment of glory after his triumph in the polls in December, followed by Britain leaving the EU Treaty in January, Boris Johnson thought he had Europe at his feet and rushed into law an act stipulating that the UK would terminate all negotiations by December 2020.

  • A Plague On All Your Cults

    April 16, 2020

    “We are a strong team”, declared Keir Starmer at the end of an hour long webinar conducted by his deputy Angela Rayner and himself. They were answering questions emailed in by party members. It was an impressive outing for the leadership duo, demonstrating their radicalism and commitment to a better future. There will be more webinars over the coming week.

  • Matt Hancock Employs The 'Dead Cat' Strategy

    April 09, 2020

    The dead cat strategy was invented by the Tories’ election guru Lynton Crosby, but it was explained most clearly by one beneficiary of his dark arts, the then Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson, in one of his typical rants against the EU.

  • The Time To Start The Blame Game Is Now

    April 01, 2020

    Labour wasted a year after the election defeat in 2010 failing to rebut the Tory claim that the 2008 financial crisis was “Labour’s mess”. Labour mustn’t make the same mistake again with the COVID-19 crisis.