Winning The Game Of Shadows

Threatening force against Assad would lead to an explosive stand-off with Russia and Iran, whilst bombing Isis in Syria now would represent a triumph of tactics over strategy. Only pro-active diplomacy can resolve this crisis. For some time the Syria debate has revolved around whether or not UK military power should be deployed against Isis. This week, however, the focus seems to have shifted to the imposition of a no bombing zone, to be underpinned by the threat of using force against President Assad and/or the Russians. That is grasping at tactical straws when the compelling need is for effective strategy. Continue reading

The time to renew, not to retreat

Progress Online Throughout his impressive and highly effective leadership campaign Jeremy Corbyn made it clear that he wants a truly open, inclusive and constructive conversation about the future of the Labour party: how can we craft an inspiring new vision and narrative? What should our new policy priorities be? How can we regain the trust of the British people, become an effective opposition, and ultimately return to government in 2020? Continue reading

Renew, not Retreat

Labour List Only Labour can build a United Kingdom of Purpose, Patriotism and Resilience When the exit poll appeared on our screens at 10pm on 7 May, the floor gave way beneath the Labour Party. Like me, every candidate, activist and supporter across the country felt a sickening sense of disappointment and disbelief. It got worse than we all feared at that moment. We got a majority Conservative government. Continue reading

We Must Not Go Back To Wilderness Years Of 1980s

Sun On Sunday When the exit poll appeared on our screens at 10pm on May 7, the floor gave way beneath the Labour Party. Like me, every candidate, activist and supporter felt a sickening sense of disappointment and disbelief. It got worse than we all feared – when we got a majority Conservative Government. Where did it all go wrong? For me, the fundamental weakness in our last five years was we talked a lot about what we were against but little about what we were for. We rightly expressed our outrage about growing inequality and injustice but did not speak enough to people’s hopes or ambitions. Continue reading