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The party leaders' TV debate: a lot of spin but not much argument

16 April 2010
The media went into overdrive over the party leaders’ first televised debate. There were many inanities, including Liberal MP Chris Huhne being asked if the debate was shallow, responding with "Yes it’s shallow but less shallow than what went before." And ex-Labour MP Oona King offering, "The problem with television is that it's very televisual".

Holes in Labour’s safe seat parachutes

06 April 2010
Labour has hit trouble as it parachutes last-minute candidates into "safe seats".

Old Labour's Hero - Keir Hardie

23 March 2010
What did Keir Hardie represent within the early Labour Party?

Keir Hardie: Labour’s Greatest Hero? - Workers’ liberation means breaking with reformism

23 March 2010
KeIr Hardie was one of the key architects of the Labour Party, as Bob Holman’s book makes clear.

Lack of politics at the cynical heart of Labour

09 March 2010
The End of the PartyAndrew Rawnsley, Viking £25

Michael Foot and the left

03 March 2010
A new biography of Michael Foot, the former Labour leader, lays open the contradictions at the heart of the Labour Party. During his long career Foot was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a journalist and pamphleteer, and a cabinet minister.

Who do you vote for?

09 February 2010
The prospect of the Tories in government rightly fills many workers with horror. The party of Eton boys and bonus-grabbing bankers, the party that openly celebrates capitalism, could soon be in Number 10.

Failed Labour coup shows crisis at the heart of government

12 January 2010
Labour is in chaos. The Brownite and Blairite wings of the party are still at each others’ throats as their election strategy collapses in slow motion.

Gordon Brown's conference speech gets nasty in his desperate ‘fightback’ bid

29 September 2009
The media trailed Gordon Brown’s Labour conference speech this week as being about the prime minister fighting for his political life.

Democracy in the Labour Party is not revived

29 September 2009
That Lord Mandelson was the darling of Labour conference this week is one sign of party’s decline.

Is the Labour Party finished?

29 September 2009
Elected on a wave of revulsion with the Tories in 1997, New Labour today is in crisis. The party faces wipeout at the next election. Opinion polls predict it could lose 17 of its 44 MPs in London alone.

Gordon Brown unleashes new wave of cuts at TUC

15 September 2009
Gordon Brown announced that he will cut public services and jobs at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Liverpool this week.

A View From The Foothills: The Diaries of Chris Mullin

18 August 2009
If A socialist prime minister was ever elected the establishment would do everything it could to prevent any real change. That was the sensible premise of A Very British Coup, the novel by Sunderland Labour MP Chris Mullin.

Has the Labour left lost its Compass?

16 June 2009
New Labour’s devastation in the European and county council elections has led some commentators to speculate whether the party is finished as a political force in Britain.

The crooks in Brown’s new cabinet

09 June 2009
Ten ministers have gone from Gordon Brown’s corrupt government – so far.

Ministers desert sinking ship as Labour crisis grows

05 June 2009
Gordon Brown’s government is staggering towards its grave. This is clear even before the European and local election results are known. The resignations of James Purnell, Hazel Blears and John Hutton – all supporters of former premier Tony Blair – were designed to provoke a coup to topple Brown.

Reshuffle won’t stop the rot at heart of parliament

02 June 2009
The Labour government is making noises about reforming parliament to try and offset the fury over the expenses scandal.

Gordon Brown is in big trouble

05 May 2009
Gordon Brown’s future as prime minister was again thrown into question last week as current and former cabinet ministers attacked him.

Labour expenses row is hotting up

05 May 2009
The row over MPs’ expenses just won’t go away.

Unite’s shadowy links with New Labour

21 April 2009
Sections of the Unite union have become further embroiled in New Labour’s attempts to set up a website to smear the Tories.

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