Jeremy Corbyn

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 “Bread for All – the Origins of the Welfare State” by Chris Renwick.

When William Beveridge submitted his report to the wartime UK cabinet proposing the abolition of “want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness”,  he was regarded with tolerant scepticism. Winston Churchill, didn’t believe a word of it,  though he saw the usefulness of the notion of what he called “cradle to the grave” social provision as a … Continue reading

Whatever happened to Jeremy Corbyn? Rudderless Labour is letting Tories get away with Brexit

READ IAIN EVERY WEEK IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD. Whatever happened to Jeremy Corbyn?  You know the controversial leader of the UK Labour Party who led the people’s revolt against Blairism and turned Labour into the largest mass membership party in western Europe.   Has he been accidentally buried in his allotment?  Is this … Continue reading

Like him or loathe him, Jeremy Corbyn has altered the political landscape.

SOMETIMES you have to pinch yourself. A Labour leadership candidate calling for the 50p tax band, a 15 per cent wealth tax for top earners, plus increased inheritance tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax. And that’s the supposedly Blairite, Owen Smith. The idea of using public borrowing to boost infrastructure is now so commonplace … Continue reading

The war no one quite knew how to stop.

The consensus yesterday during the Syria debate was that Parliament failed to live up to the occasion. This was probably because the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Jeremy Corbyn’s free vote of Labour MPs ensured that David Cameron would have a majority at the end of the day. Britain was almost certainly going to war, … Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn. An apology.

READERS of this column may have detected a certain sympathy in recent months for the new Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Headlines such as “Corbyn has killed New Labour”, “Corbynmania is transforming British politics” and “JC has made radical policies electable again” may have suggested that I thought this was a positive development. I’m afraid … Continue reading

Labour’s crack-pot McCarthyism leaves it looking hypocritical, incompetent and manipulative.

If they can’t run a competent leadership election, how can they claim to run a competent government? The membership purge launched by the Labour establishment in their efforts to block Jeremy Corbyn, is not only making Labour the laughing stock of the Edinburgh Fringe, it is doing immense damage to their own credibility. It was … Continue reading

Kezia Dugdale has an opportunity here to change Labour’s fortunes in Scotland by launching debate on Trident and independence. Can she take it?

“Labour’s coming home”, said one of the enthusiastic Corbyn supporters at the Edinburgh Conference Centre last week. “I’ve been disenfranchised since 2001, but finally this is a Labour Party I feel I can vote for again” Corbynmania hit Scotland last week, upstaging the coronation of Kezia Dugdale, the new Scottish leader. At Corbyn’s Edinburgh gig, … Continue reading

Labour attracts 250,000 new supporters. But they’re the wrong kind of supporters!

Labour were relieved to discover that milord Sewel of Coke, who has been all over the tabloids allegedly cavorting with prostitutes, had resigned his Labour Party membership some time ago when he became deputy speaker of the Lords. However, he remains “a non-affiliated member” so he could still be voting in the Labour leadership contest. … Continue reading

Corbyn should be a huge headache for the SNP. So why isn’t he?

  What is it about the Scottish Labour Party that it seems incapable of recognising an opportunity for renewal when it presents itself?  South of the border, Labour is being remade by a grassroots revolution of precisely the kind that gave the SNP its landslide election victory. Yet ,Labour’s only Scottish MP, Iain Murray, has … Continue reading

Why Labour members are saying: give Jez a chance.

As a piece of political theatre, it was inspired. Labour MPs had mostly vacated their seats in the House of Commons on Tuesday after their disastrous abstention on the Welfare Bill. So the 56 SNP MPs occupied them claiming that they were the true opposition now. There was much teeth sucking and head shaking at … Continue reading

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