Campaigns Archive 2020

  • What happens when focus is on “knocking on doors”

    December 18, 2019

    Article from March 15th, 2017

    John Prescott’s view that Jeremy Corbyn and his top team are “not up to the f***ing job” which earned him a “potty mouth Prescott” headline in the Mail on Sunday won’t have come as a surprise to the Labour leader.

  • How Labour should handle Europe in the 2020s

    December 18, 2019

    We are the 52 per cent - the 52 per cent who voted against leaving the EU in the general election. Of course under the UK’s electoral system we lost. And of course, having a Labour leader and a wider party leadership including trade unions that could not defend EU membership with style or panache either in 2016, 2017 or 2019 did not help.

  • Boris Johnson the liar and his cronies

    December 11, 2019

    Tory members who propelled Johnson into Number 10 can have had no doubts they were choosing a serial liar for their leader. After all, he was sacked in 2004 by their former party leader, Michael Howard, when his denial that he was having an affair was proven false. Years earlier he was sacked by another boss - Times editor Charles Wilson -
    for fabricating a quote.

  • Lib Dem lets cat out of the bag: “Election came too soon”

    December 03, 2019

    A top Lib Dem has admitted that the House of Commons was edging towards a People’s Vote when the election was called. 
    Former Tory MP, turned Change UK, turned Lib Dem, Heidi Allen, told the Evening Standard the numbers were almost there for a People’s Vote.

  • Can’t we respond to migration, not leave the EU?

    December 03, 2019

    In a piece for
    The Guardian, Sir Simon Jenkins makes very heavy weather of the obvious point that this, like most other elections, turns on the question of identity as well as economics. The Brexit plebiscite of 2016 was an anti-immigration vote - the posthumous revenge of Enoch Powell. Every referendum in European nations this century (bar two small ones) with the EU on the ballot paper has been rejected by voters.

  • Jo Swinson - Remainer in Name Only?

    November 30, 2019

    The Germans have a word for the pleasure I felt when I read the verdict from
    pollster YouGov that “Since becoming Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson’s detractors have grown at a faster rate than her fans” - it’s schadenfreude. It means “pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune. 

    Her performance in the Leaders Question Time programme won’t have changed You Gov’s findings.

  • Labour Should Reform UK Labour Market to Help Brits, not fantasize

    November 30, 2019

    Once again as at every moment since the 2016 Brexit plebiscite, Labour is getting mixed and messed up over European citizens working in Britain.

  • Q&A: How would a Trump-Boris Trade deal affect UK Drug Prices?

    November 21, 2019

    Eugenia Marna interviewed Dr Andrew Hill, Liverpool University, on how a US-UK post-Brexit trade deal could affect UK drug prices.

    Dr Hill recently featured in Dispatches programme Trump's Plan for the NHS (recommended watch - Only 5 days left!)

    See the transcript below:

  • Labour’s way is the quickest way to “Get Brexit done”

    November 21, 2019

    There is an undoubted weariness about the Brexit saga which the Tories are seeking to exploit with the slogan Get Brexit done. The truth is that Johnson’s deal won’t get it done as he claims.

  • Policing and Criminal Justice post Brexit

    November 14, 2019

    We have all seen the dreadful event that occurred recently in Grays, Thurrock where 39 people were found dead in the back of a lorry trailer. We commend Essex Police, the national crime agency and Europol’s trafficking team for all the work they have done in this fast-moving investigation.

    If the UK leaves the EU without agreeing a cooperation agreement it will no longer be part of Europol or the European Justice network and will fall outside the scope of the European Arrest Warrant.