The battle for Labour's iron throne has now really got going with the first of the broadcast debates. We know who the contenders are and what their positions are starting to look like. Alliances are being forged and battle plans are being prepared. It could get bloody...
Jeremy Corbyn secured the backing of 35 fellow parliamentarians for the Labour party leadership contest on Monday, in what was a nail-biting race to get his nomination in on time. Or at least, nail-biting for anyone who cared whether his name appears on the ballot sheet - of which there are few enough.
Margaret Thatcher has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest due to fears that she is too radically left-wing to lead the Labour Party.
The Government sells the story of its intervention in way that does not frighten businesses. Labour failed at this. Given public opinion and the Government's own actions, it is not the case that 'anti-business' measures are off the agenda but if you are going to do them then there is a need to get the message right.
The Labour Leadership campaign is in full swing and all the Labour stars are lining up for a shot at the big time, including Blairite, Brownite, Thunderbird Puppet and Retired Geography Teacher. But if Labour are going to win in 2020, they must take away the eight valuable lessons from their election catastrophe.
Westminster Hall debate Organophosphate sheepdip poisoning - Jessica Morden
This is how the myth goes: two brothers vie throughout their youth and at the first contest the younger wins. The elder flees in humiliation, but the younger ultimately fails. The elder returns and at the second contest he triumphs, or, if you like your myths bleak, he too fails. Karma complete.
It is surprising that the campaign featured such little discussion of foreign policy matters. The usual domestic concerns predominated, and that is no surprise, but beyond a few token remarks about the need to reform the European Union, and the low-wattage flickering of a small debate about the possibility of an EU referendum, there was depressingly little said about anything outside of the British Isles.
One has to wonder, when Cameron decided to dangle the hunting free vote carrot in front of a largely uninterested electorate, did he ever think he'd have to go through with it? The question on many people's lips is, why, given the current social and economic climate, is hunting topping the agenda again?
We won't win 2020 through speeches or dinners in Westminster, we'll win in the sports halls and living rooms, offices and canteens, working men's clubs and school gates across the country. And I want this debate - about our party, our country - to be as wide and as engaging as possible. That means as many people as possible involved in the leadership election, not just a closed down or polarised contest... This is a real turning point for the Labour Party and the country - a do or die moment. No one should be giving up on a Labour Government in 2020. I'm determined we can win again. And this leadership election - focused on the future - must be the start of making that happen.
So what went wrong? Was the strategy flawed? Most commentators now say that targeting a narrow section of voters meant alienating the bulk of the electorate; that Labour were making a Ken Loach film when they should have been making Fast and Furious 8.
Miliband and Clegg are exemplars now of power and leadership. And they remain, faults and all, warts and all, a better bet for their respective parties than anything else on offer. Build on your mistakes; it is what we all do. And let us end this ceaseless chasing after the new face when we have yet to learn from the current face.
As I listened to David Miliband dissect his brother's failures on the news in a eulogy written to offend the faithful, I found myself squawking, 'he's not dead David, he's only in Ibiza!' But politically dead Ed is; the headstone he commissioned foretold it.
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We need our Party and next leader to celebrate our entrepreneurs and wealth creators and not leave the impression they are part of the problem. Economic competence combined with social justice. We learned that lesson finally, surely, after 18 years in the wilderness between 1979 and 1997.
And so the elections have come and gone. The wooing game referred to in my previous article, has now progressed to full-time dating. The lady has go...