Category Archives: politics

Brief notes on Catalonia

Having friends in Barcelona and liking the city and region, as well as Spain in general, the situation in Catalonia causes me a lot of concern.  A lot of the commentary here oversimplifies the situation with some on the left, … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister. What could go wrong?

How things change! Within the space of a few weeks, there is now a real possibility of a Labour government with a left wing leadership. That is the result of the snap UK General Election that resulted, not in the … Continue reading

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The General Election in Greater Manchester: what do the results mean?

What happened in Greater Manchester on June 8th? Here is a map showing the swings in Greater Manchester’s parliamentary seats. Red figures indicate a Labour victory while Blue figures indicate a Conservative was elected. Positive figures mean a swing from … Continue reading

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Fixing the roof when the sun shines

Hello is that Mr Osborne? Well, you know that roof you fixed the other summer?  It’s begun to leak again.  Could you come round to sort it out? You don’t work there any more? Firm taken over? Oh.  Could you … Continue reading

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Platitudes, positions, policies and principles.

Platitudes, positions, policies and principles: what can we learn from Gorton’s selection meeting? I attended the selection meeting for the Labour Party’s Gorton by-election last week. There were five candidates, a short-list selected by a 5-person national Labour party panel. … Continue reading

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Labour again: Corbyn’s victory and the growth narrative

This is a short post to note Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership re-election and ask some fundamental questions.  Despite some misgivings in the last post, I’m delighted.  This is all about rejecting the politics and economics of the last … Continue reading

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Labour’s post-Brexit woes and a possible solution

Updated, 30 June, 2016 It turns out that the party’s rules make my suggestion unfeasible in its present form: the leader of the party is ex officio the leader of the PLP (Chapter 1 clause vii).  However, there appears to … Continue reading

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Corbynomics: let’s be sceptical about the growth rhetoric.

“So all our emphasis and work and campaigning is about an expanding economy and investing in an expanding economy” Jeremy Corbyn, quoted by The Independent, 29 February 2016 “El socialismo puede llegar sólo en bicicleta.” Socialism can only arrive by … Continue reading

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Policy as contestation

Every year the University of Manchester puts on a week of lectures, symposia and other events concerned with the relationship between research and policy: “Policy Week”. Generally there is plenty to interest. I was lucky enough to be asked to … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn and the double struggle

Jeremy Corbyn‘s campaign for the Labour leadership is about doing things differently, about re-discovering the basic Labour values of social and economic justice, but in a way that harnesses the knowledge, commitment and energy of the many, in the changed … Continue reading

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