’ve spoken in the past about my longtime membership of the Labour Party and my admiration for Tony Blair’s government. And just as often I have expressed disappointment with Labour’s current direction and with its current leadership, who have tried to force an unworkable brand of politics onto the party. Why am I still a member? Because I believe that moderates can wrest control of the party away from the hands of demagogues––but the critics need to stand up and make themselves known. Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters have no right to take the moral high ground when it comes to talking about Tony Blair’s years in government. Blair was pragmatic, but that’s not the same as lacking principle. When Blair won in 1997, many assumed he would drop the New Labour “facade”, which was surely a marketing ploy and a not a model for governing the country. They were wrong. New Labour policy saw an increase in public spending on health and … [Read more...] about As 2017 ends, what is the state of the British Labour Party?
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Tony Blair has revealed that he doubts whether the Labour party can be "taken back by the moderates" following on from a "period of profound change" under leader Jeremy Corbyn. Speaking on the BBC podcast Political Thinking With Nick Robinson, the former prime minister said that Labour is now “a different type of Labour party” than the one he had led to three successive election victories. When questioned on whether Labour could return to his political outlook, he said: “Can it be taken back? I don't know.” Read more: New poll: Voters believe Jeremy Corbyn would divide post-Brexit Britain The moderate wing of the Labour party suffered a landslide defeat at the National Executive Committee elections last week, where eight of the nine seats went to candidates on the Momentum slate, while the other went to Peter Willsman, a left wing Labour member who had been removed from Momentum's selection after accusing Jewish “Trump fanatics” of making up claims … [Read more...] about Tony Blair: Moderates may have lost the Labour party forever
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is in crisis and risk a potential split in the party over an ongoing row about the definition of anti-Semitism Corbyn’s office remain unmoved on their refusal to recognise the entirety of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition. The row has reignited longstanding suspicions by some Jewish people that Corbyn and his allies hold anti-Semitic views. However, with pressure being exerted by key figures such as GMB leader Tim Roache and Momentum founder Jon Lansman, Corbyn is under growing pressure to shift. Failure to do so could cause a major rupture in the party. LONDON – Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is facing the most significant chance of a split since the 1980s, with relations between the leader and his MPs now more strained than ever. The row centres on Corbyn’s refusal to adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which the Labour leader … [Read more...] about Why Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-Semitism crisis risks a major split in the Labour party
The rhythm was the same. The tune was the same. But the sound of the now familiar riff from the White Stripes' anthem Seven Nation Army, so familiar and now indelibly (and incredibly) forever-linked to the leader of the Labour party, for once, was not welcome.It had mutated. "Where's Jeremy Corbyn?", the crowd now impishly cried at the London march calling for a vote on the final Brexit deal.Answer came there none, because he couldn't hear them.As loud as it might've been, ringing across the streets of Whitehall and Westminster, you couldn't hear it in Amman, through its thick dusty air, where Mr Corbyn in fact was, thousands of miles away.Of the past three days, Mr Corbyn spent them, not marching in London's streets, but instead meeting Jordanian leaders, including the country's deputy prime minister.The rest of the time he spent in two refugee camps, including Zaatari, only 15 miles or so from the Syrian border, home of some 80,000 Syrian refugees. Sky News accompanied him.His … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s indifference to anti-Brexit march could cost the Labour leader
Rob Price, provided by Published 11:53 am, Monday, May 21, 2018 Former London mayor Ken Livingstone is resigning from the Labour Party. The veteran politician has been under investigation over allegations of anti-Semitism, which he denies. In a statement, he said he was leaving the party because his suspension had "become a distraction," and that he was "truly sorry" for causing "offense and upset in the Jewish community." Recommended Video: Now Playing: The leader of the British opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is accused of failing to tackle anti-semitism within the party. Corbyn recently apologised for apparently showing support for the creator of an antisemitic mural in London’s East End six years ago. But Britain's Jewish Community isn't satisfied. "The Jewish community is saying enough is enough with the anti-Semitism swirling around the Labour party that is being fostered by Jeremy Corbyn's inaction," said Jonathan Arkush, President of Britain's … [Read more...] about Former London mayor Ken Livingstone is resigning from the Labour Party