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 the result of the General Election started to emerge, my social media news feeds were inundated with posts, slamming the electorate for the party t...
The election result was a big shock: no one predicted the Conservatives would win an outright majority and no one forecast the SNP tsunami. It has shown us that the old rules no long apply. What once was does not have to be. Despite the perceived political differences, if towns and cities across the UK grasp that, the future doesn't have to be blue.
Politics of fear and hate cannot survive long in the hearts of those who have love and hope. Do not let this election divide and conquer. Unite and survive.
Labour has been left devastated by its election result. It is not just the scale of the defeat but its unexpected nature. Now the voices come thick and fast, advising on what went wrong and what should happen now. Amongst all of these comes Tony Blair.
I really hope I don't have to tell you how false this conspiracy is, although I might just be a part of that exact vile Tory plot.
"The Day of the Triffids is a 1951 post-apocalyptic novel about a plague of blindness that befalls the entire world, allowing the rise of an aggressiv...
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.
The SNP and the labour movement now go hand in hand. They won the debate by pushing those ideas. The left, in what will remain of Britain, need to seek a similarly united politics - one that rests on the idea of helping neighbours in our imagined community.
As the dust settles on Labour's desperately poor election showing, it's worth exploring in more detail what went wrong and what happens next for a beleaguered Labour Party. It's clear that there was no one single factor that led to the party's night of humiliation, rather a catalogue of mistakes and misjudgements that made defeat inevitable.
I am a member of the Liberal Democrats, but I write this piece as a member of the left more generally. And it's really quite a simple one. Looking at the results of last week's election, we fundamentally failed and were catastrophically wrong. Parties on the left have stopped responding to the electorate, and started talking at them instead.
Our position in the European Union is one that is a benefit to us as a country, and the renegotiation process has already begun to ensure that the United Kingdom can secure better terms.
To get there, we could do with fewer "Tory scum!" Facebook statuses and a more intellectually engaged, politically aware approach to the left. Being open to correction is a strength in a political position. Being intellectually curious is a virtue in a person. This involves giving a sh*t about actual policy over the next five years, not just in April 2020.
My friends in Scotland, many of whom used to be Labour supporters, have now left Labour to join the SNP or the Greens. There is no mystery to this. This is not about 'nationalism' it is about values; it is about justice. Scots are saying that they have more faith in themselves than they do in London.
The Labour Party lost the election because its policies and campaign lacked coherence; it appeared to be a collection of policies that did not have a common arching principle to connect them. The leadership always appeared to be on the defensive, and unable to reply with a counter narrative to that presented by the Tories.
Changing public consensus on party beliefs can sometimes take up to a decade. Unexpectedly, there won't be another snap election for any party to test the water anytime soon. At least not until the Conservatives come down from their euphoria, giving way to the party's Eurosceptics to start causing trouble. But that'll take years...probably.