Lord Falconer may be right about Andy Burnham. He is wrong about Yvette Cooper. He's probably wrong about Liz Kendall too. Most of all, he is wrong to make the debate again about the two men in the contest... We are more than half the population, we are the big bright shining lights, not just a string of fairy lights decorating the main event.
Jeremy Corbyn could be our next Prime Minister. Not just statistically, on the basis of the latest YouGov poll that Blair and the PLP have been flapping over, but really. Like really really.
The rationale for the Conservative Government continuing to push through HS2, the proposed high speed rail link, can easily be summed up by these immo...
I want to say to anyone in the Labour Party who really thinks that it's more important to burnish our socialist credentials than to sully our hands by actively pursuing power, please think again. Of course we have to hold firm to our principles but we have to be absolutely disciplined in our pursuit of policies that can command the support of the whole country... We will only advance as a party if we have a leader who actually wants to be Prime Minister and who the electorate (in Clacton as well as Rhondda) thinks can be Prime Minister
There is a silent majority, similar to the silent majority of voters who regarded Ed Miliband as wholly unelectable and the Labour party as unable to manage the public purse. And as at the election, it's a silent majority that appears to have been largely missed in the polling. These people are not going to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
Those of us voting for Corbyn aren't naïve. Corbyn isn't the answer, because it's highly likely that Labour isn't the answer... To those who would condescend, patronise or ignore us: simply try to understand us, to work with us, and to offer us something to believe in. Offer us hope.
Labour is not in a good place today - people are feeling bruised and confused about what we are in favour of and what we are against. We need to sort it out - pull our party together and start challenging the Tories instead. That means stronger opposition to the Tories plans, but also setting out an alternative Labour approach. The reality is that Labour did oppose the Welfare Reform Bill yesterday; we voted for a Labour amendment that would have stopped the whole Bill altogether. But that's got completely lost in the muddle over the second vote which was an unsuccessful compromise to try to hold the Parliamentary party together. So what do we do now?
But if we instead choose a candidate who will put up a fight in the here and now and show voters that there is a genuine alternative, we might, in 2020, just have a chance.
In a leadership contest where disagreement, debate, and different ideas is what it is all about, I'm getting pretty sick of the people who are constantly condemning those who don't agree with them simply for not agreeing with them. Can we please try and sort it out?
Right now we're in danger of getting sucked into a false choice - defend the status quo supposedly to stand up for our principles or follow Tory plans supposedly to prove we support reform. Neither will work for Labour or for the country.
Pericles said that in a democracy we have a solemn duty to be informed, even though it is "dull as sh**". That is why I've boiled down the strengths and weaknesses of the four candidates into a handful of stats, so that one may better imagine them doing battle in some form of arena.
I'm excited by Yvette's determination to revolutionize our approach to science and research, to champion the white flashing constellations of the networked world. Her aim, to increase investment in science and research to 3% of GDP will deliver millions of new high-skilled, high-paid jobs throughout our country, long into the future. It is, as she says, a down payment on a different future for Britain, for our children and their children after them.
While his opponents deride him as a dinosaur, the irony is that on the generation-defining issues of the past three decades - apartheid, the Irish peace process, the Iraq war - Corbyn was well ahead of curve. Whatever the outcome of this contest, I suspect that when we look back on this moment, Corbyn's stand against austerity will also read like prophecy.
Today George Osborne sets out his first budget as Chancellor in a majority Conservative Government. Talk is cheap - now is the time to put to the test his claim that the Tory party can really be the party of working people. After all the extensive briefing, it's not looking good for George Osborne's claims for his Party... For all the rhetoric, too many of the Tories' policies remain anti-working people. A real agenda for working people today based on Labour values would mean not just the long overdue increases in the minimum wage, but strong incentives for the living wage, continued support for tax credits, a plan for a childcare revolution to support working parents.
Public demand for better services requires increased revenue, but international market competition for capital and labour drives down the ability of any one country to raise either corporate or personal income tax. For any aspiring Labour leader, the issue of UK tax rates has become a straight jacket. The obvious answer has to be to raise revenue some other way.
We need a Leader who knows what challenges ordinary people face day to day, and who is committed to helping them. And as I see it, there are six major challenges that politicians need to get to grips with... That's why I'm backing Yvette Cooper to be the next Leader of the Labour Party. As a working mum, she understands the pressures on modern family life.