In the immediate aftermath of the 2019 election, my friend Christian did a statistical analysis of the best available information on where Labour’s lost votes all went. It’s excellent and it’s here. Basically this is a contribution to the debate over whether all of Labour’s lost votes were leave-voters who felt betrayed by Labour embracing a second-referendum position and so either voted Tory or didn’t vote. The answer, as is pretty well-established by now, is that this is not true at all – Labour lost a huge number of votes to more Remain-oriented parties as well: probably more than it lost to Leave and abstentions put together. Here it is: 191215 Exit poll numbers for Jeremy 2
The determination of the Labour Right to focus on ‘left antisemitism’ reveals as much about the Labour Right’s divisions, history and current existential crises, as it does about the left. I also talk about class consciousness (I’m for it). On open Democracy.
I wrote this for the New Statesman in January. My students asked me to start updating my blog with all my articles again so I am doing! Thanks again to George Eaton for commissioning this. It’s about how the Bennites, unlike every other Labour tradition, were right historically to eschew both Atlanticism and craven deference to the Tory press (and I think those were the two worst and most persistent strategic mistakes made by all the others).
Here’s the audio from our ‘Acid Corbynism’ seminar / discussion at Brilliant Corners, Feb 24th, 2018
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/530978163968442/
As well as the listed speakers we were joined by Dr Monique Charles talking about Grime4Corbyn.
Here’s the latest piece for open Democracy.
It argues that Labour needs to tell people a clear and convincing story about what has happened to Britain since the 1970s if it is to have any hope of challenging the Hard Brexit fairy-tale. Basically we should stop whining about austerity and start taking about putting an end to 40 years of neoliberal deindustrialisation.
Here’s a collection of shorter writings (well, shorter than 10,000 word journal articles) and other bits and pieces.