At the London School of Economics I studied under the excellent Dr Margaret Scammell, who has charted the marketing of politics and the importance of political brand in a world where the public’s attention is limited. I differ on that one. Yet Labour’s Holly Lynch managed to increase her majority from a slender 428 votes in 2015 to a comfortable 5,376 votes while the Tories, in fact, lost two West Yorkshire seats to Labour. If the parliamentary Labour Party had worked with Jeremy Corbyn, instead of trying to undermine his leadership at every turn, I believe he would be our Prime Minister today. Calling an unnecessary election on the eve of Brexit negotiations was seen by many as putting party interest before the rest of the country.
With her strategy unclear and her position insecure, Prime Minister Theresa May plunges this week into tortuous divorce talks with the European Union that will shape Britain’s prosperity and global influence for generations to come.
“That’s IT, I’m leaving the party”, dramatically huffed one, red-faced, as the exit poll was still on the screen at the ITN Media Hub. I was going to leave that there for modesty, but sod it: I did imagine it. At the height of the anti-colonial movement against the British Empire, it seemed nearly impossible for activists in the colonial world to gain support or sympathy from the leadership of the Labour Party.
At least Scotland brought good news for the Conservatives, says Lesley Riddoch in The Guardian.
I was at a party on Saturday with lots of Blairites. Emmanuel Macron, for instance, won his highest votes in Paris, home to France’ most literate population. For others, it wasn’t so easy.
What surprised me was the recklessness of the one-sided support for May. Moderates need to be magnanimous.
Many analysts believe that if the youth feel rewarded by their massive turnout and voting for their preferred candidate, their engagement could be sustained, further shifting the voting patterns in the United Kingdom towards Labour. We took the view that some of these things that were perceived as weaknesses were actually strengths and that we were prepared to take them head-on. It was an extraordinary smear campaign and they thought it would work.
If Corbyn is serious about being PM and the Blairites/Moderates are serious about another Labour government then there needs to be a settlement.
In contrast, the country’s Labour Party encouraged the young, often voting for the first time, those in the public sector, the marginalised, and those who wanted a softer form of Brexit, to vote for a more optimistic and less material view of society. “For the first time in decades, there is a clear understanding of what the Labour Party stands for”.
NOW Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has been re-appointed, there’s now no excuse for him not acceding to this newspaper’s respectful request, on May 9, for a definitive timetable for the upgrading of trans-Pennine railway line in response to promises that he made on the campaign trail in Wakefield (another target seat that the Tories lost here).
Asking Cooper and Umunna to serve would send a bold, timely reminder that we have more in common than not.
We knew that once people are exposed to him, they like him. But on my side, we do need to accept, it’s not 1997 any more and that things have moved on.
The research shows that the election campaign, which was meant to cement Theresa May as one of the strongest and most stable leaders in our history, has in fact eroded support for her. But I hope he thinks critically and looks to analyse the results and build on the progress. This was followed by Trump’s spectacular win, an unprecedented upset in terms of how much of a deviation it was from the American mainstream. But the turmoil of the euro zone crisis, fears in Britain about immigration and a series of miscalculations by former Prime Minister David Cameron prompted Britain to vote by 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in a June 23 referendum past year.
“Now as Parliament returns, we have a Government in complete disarray still unable to reach an agreement, it seems, with the DUP and desperately delaying the Queen’s Speech and Brexit negotiations”. This arrangement and the subsequent decision not to take part in a debate with other candidates in the election spelt her doom. For them, a vote for Labour is not a question of left or right, it’s a question of right and wrong. Welcome to the Hand Maidenhead’s Tale.