Being a Labour member has been arduous at times, now more than ever. I voted for Ed Milliband, with the belief of substance over style. Last year I voted for Burnham, agreeing with him on the NHS, social care and his work over Hillsborough (the worst act of class discrimination this country has ever seen). Corbyn didn't appeal to me then and he doesn't appeal now.
I will still be voting for Owen Smith on the assumption that he is the more pragmatic of the two left-wing candidates. Yet it is increasingly apparent that whether with Smith or Corbyn the Labour Party finds itself in a bubble, engaging in conversation only with itself. This is a disastrous situation, as the party risks becoming not only unelectable but irrelevant.
I like to look on the sunny side of life, but even I have to recognise that our Party is scarcely in a shape to meet the challenge of a general election right now. We need a period of unity, self-discipline, policy development and talking to the public rather than ourselves - as I hope we will get once the leadership election is over - before we are ready to face the electorate with any realistic prospect of success.
We shouldn't aim to be "tolerant." Tolerance is not good enough. Let acceptance and fairness be our goals. We must overcome the unease of talking about race honestly and bypass this hideous false sense of cultural sensitivity and political correctness. It's taken us backwards, not forwards.
There is no doubt that 23 June 2016 was a watershed moment for our country. But what type of watershed will it be? Will Brexit signal the decline of the UK as a global power, a potential break up of the Union and a voluntary resignation from the world stage with a shrinking economy and a divided population? Or will it force us to confront some stark realities and bridge some of the deep fissures in our society and in our economy? Can we use Brexit as an opportunity to think afresh about how to create a more united society, a more just economy and forge a new role in the world?
Even if Labour moderates are successful in pulling off a surprise win over the incumbent leader, they will struggle to unite the MPs and the growing hard-left faction of the party. Never has a major political party been so bitterly divided, and division always equals electoral defeat.
Research suggesting the BBC is "biased" against Jeremy Corbyn is just the latest in a string of claims stating the Labour leader is given an unfair deal from the media. Whether you agree or not, the concerns have got under the organisation's skin, and a dig in the archives shows they even extend to people working at the BBC today... As long as the BBC continues to avoid explaining publicly how it ensures impartiality, the stalemate looks likely to continue.
Since last year, Jeremy Corbyn has elevated the cause of free education to the highest political level. This week, he is laying detailed policies that together will create a National Education Service - a much more ambitious plan for a comprehensive service which is free and accessible to everyone.
What makes a leader? I sit and hypothesize, while Corbyn and Smith fight as they 'moralise'. Does leadership lie in slicked-back hair? Is it pulling a pint or "showing you care"?
Tomorrow, thousands of young people will be receiving their A-Level results, and making important decisions about their future. Labour wants to ensure that all students can take the abilities as far as their talents allow. But sadly, not all have equal access to education. Young people from less well-off backgrounds are being locked out of further studies... In this context it is disgraceful that the Conservative government abolished student grants -that gave young people low and middle income backgrounds a more level playing field, and risks more of Britain's talent not being developed to its full potential.
The criteria for judging success for any action by a trade union is whether it results in the organisation being stronger. GMB endorsing Owen Smith is highly unlikely to effect the overall result of the Labour leadership election, where Corbyn is widely expected to win. However, it is a decision that has placed GMB outside the ranks of the other progressive trade unions...
Labour can build more homes and provide affordable housing. Labour can help grow the industry's of the future and create jobs and wealth. We can only do this and so much more if we are unified. The country can not trust us if we don't trust ourselves.
Every single policy that Jeremy now claims for his own is existing Labour policy. In the case of bus regulation, it has been for half a decade. To claim otherwise disregards all the hard work of previous Labour frontbenchers, and especially Maria Eagle who saw through the change in the Party's policy on buses during the last Parliament.
In terms of public support Labour's current position is poor, but not exceptionally so... Labour's polling on underlying questions like leadership and the economy should be far more worrying for them - their ratings there are terrible. Furthermore, for as long as they are hamstrung by internal fighting, there is no obvious way for them to improve them.
Workplace 2020 isn't about focusing on the negatives. Many people have positive experiences - benefiting from apprenticeships, training opportunities and additional support in the workplace. We want to learn from them.
Labour has forgotten what its name means. Labour is a movement of the common labour force, not a centre right tepid mediocracy, nor a diluted moderate Conservatism.