Posts Tagged ‘ New Labour and Party Democracy ’

New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 2

Nov 15th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

HARRY BARNES continues his investigation of the state of Labour, looking at the failures of the Miliband leadership, the basis for Jeremy Corbyn’s triumph and the prospects for party unity.

I have never met Ed Miliband and only went to hear one or two of his platform speeches. However, I do feel that he was carefully trying to move the party away from New Labourism towards something nearer the old Smith-Beckett stance. Perhaps it was only a start on a much longer road.



New Labour and the Roots of Labour’s Crisis, Part 1

Nov 6th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In the first of a two-part examination of the state of the Labour Party, HARRY BARNES looks at the roots of Jeremy Corbyn’s rise and the Party’s turmoil. He begins with New Labour’s emergence after the death of John Smith.

I start by referring to a period during my own time as an MP when there seemed to be genuine hope of creating a unity of purpose …



Halting the Unions’ Decline

Mar 29th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Trade unions are in a spot of bother, according to SHEILA BANKS. And Labour is partly to blame. The party needs a new way of connecting to union members that taps directly into their workplace experience.

Throughout my working life, I have been an active trade unionist and representative, so I want to look at Labour Party democracy from that standpoint. It pains me to say it but trade unions in this country are in bother. Only six million people belong to a trade union out of a working population of 31 million.



Blair, New Labour and the Party’s Crisis

Mar 18th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles

The Blair Supremacy is a timely and important book, says SARAH PERRIGO, which shines a light on the causes of Labour’s current crisis and its election defeat last May.



Blair, Management and Neoliberalism

Mar 18th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

New Labour’s transformation of party management was part of a much wider social transformation across the West, argues HUGO RADICE.



Assessing the Blair Supremacy

Mar 15th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER considers the culture, impact and legacy of Tony Blair’s leadership of the Labour Party, greatly aided by Lewis Minkin’s The Blair Supremacy, published to great acclaim two years ago.

In his dual role as academic and political insider, Lewis Minkin has produced three monumental books on the Labour Party. Each is a substantial achievement. Taken together, I’d argue, they have no equal. This latest work, The Blair Supremacy, offers profound insights into the dominance and effects of what some call the ‘Blairocracy’.



Book Launch: The Blair Supremacy

Feb 14th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

An array of speakers has been lined up for the Leeds launch of Lewis Minkin’s new book The Blair Supremacy on Friday 4 March, including the author himself.



On the Stump: Considering Corbyn’s Contenders

Aug 18th, 2015 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

WILL BROWN reports on how two of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership rivals performed at recent public meetings in Sheffield.

Much has been written about the Corbyn campaign and the obvious attractions of his candidacy. But for those who retain serious doubts about his ability to unite and lead the party, about his stances on foreign policy issues and his electability, consideration also needs to be given to the other two main contenders – Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper.



You Couldn’t Make It Up

Aug 18th, 2015 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

You don’t have to look too far to see the absurdities in Labour’s leadership election, claims WILL BROWN. Here are some he has noticed.



Labour’s Leadership Election: A Problem Foretold

Aug 10th, 2015 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

As Labour’s controversial voter registration process closes and ballot papers for the leadership elections go out, it’s time to indulge in a spot of ‘we told you so’, says WILL BROWN.

Despite it being a giant stride in the right direction, major weaknesses have been exposed in Labour’s new electoral system, as reformed by former leader Ed Miliband. Sadly, these weaknesses were not hidden and have not come as a huge surprise. Indeed, the ILP pointed out the flaws in the system when it was announced.