Whether you like these lessons learned or not, whether you believe them or not, the warning signs are there. It's about time Labour listened, did their homework and figured out how to beat their opponents.
Brexit has become Tory Brexit. They are using it as licence for the xenophobia that has long lain under the surface - but which is now in full view. I suspect that many of those who voted to Leave now look at the actions and rhetoric of the Tories and think "that's not what I voted for"... They didn't vote to lower their own living standards or to sacrifice jobs and investment. They didn't vote for our businesses to face tariffs or for holiday-makers to need visas. They didn't vote for the scapegoating of foreigners. I can confirm today that SNP MPs will vote against the Brexit bill when it come before the House of Commons next year.
Is the UK heading for divorce? Over one in three UK marriages ends in divorce, and with our nation in deep division over issues such as immigration, ...
So, if you feel abandoned by parties which have been overtaken by the extremes, I implore you: Come home...join the Liberal Democrats!
Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.
In the cold light of day, it's relatively difficult to see the possible positive outcomes of Brexit. The UK Government has thus far only been clear that 'Brexit means Brexit'. Nothing else is certain.
Brexit continues to lie untouched in the dog's breakfast bowl, no more appetising in the cold light of day than it was when the smell started on the n...
They have lost their majority in the Scottish Parliament, and the Scottish economy, reliant on oil and the financial sector, is looking far from rosy. Are we just seeing a blip in their unstoppable march to independence or are we starting to see the demise of this formidable political force?
If there is a hope of removing the Conservatives from power, it lies in a party seizing the mantle of Opposition, with a capital O, not lower case: to oppose is critical, certainly. But to win faith and trust, they must propose a way forward, not simply look to their past.
Plenty of us believe that progressive parties need to start to discuss - to at least consider the possibility of - some kind of electoral pact. A 'popular front' to avoid fragmenting the vote among ourselves in winnable seats looking towards electing a Parliament in 2020 that would have a progressive majority for democratic change. For mending our broken democracy.
I've been opposed to nuclear weapons for as long as I can remember. I'm no imperialist, I don't need any expensive weapons to show what a great country I live in. I'm not worried about my country saving face on the world stage by clinging onto the last throws of a dying empire. I just want a country which cares for its poorest and most vulnerable. £200billion could be better spent.
We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.
Trident isn't about defending the country from attack, it's about trying to perpetuate the delusion that the UK is still a major player in the world. It's there to keep the United Kingdom at the top table of the UN Security Council and enjoy the kudos that goes with it. It is a political and military ego-trip that is being paid for by every taxpayer in the country.
The Trident vote is a smart bit of work by the new PM - a chess move on the board of Westminster that signals what we can expect from Theresa May in the coming years.
There have been a lot of jitters lately about Scotland being on the verge of jumping out of the UK since the Brexit vote. You hear it with Nicola Sturgeon, the steely Scottish First Minister, announced almost immediately that a second referendum 'must be, and is, on the table.' You see it from the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, dashing to Scotland with a commitment to the union. The surge of SNP memberships helps to stoke the flames...
Stop flailing. Stop feeling impotent. Stop shouting into the echo chamber. I'm talking to myself of course, but I'm sure I've not been alone - hopelessly casting about, waiting someone to tell me exactly what I can do to make this better.