Labour cannot afford to look like a party of protest

Labour, we are told, is descending into vicious in-fighting. Leadership candidates are being physically held back by their staff to prevent them from throwing punches at each other. Witnesses claim Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper had a Dynasty-like catfight at a recent hustings, with Liz being dragged away, making a threatening motion with her finger across her throat. Meanwhile, Andy Burnham gave Jeremy Corbyn a dead leg for nicking his eyeliner.

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Time to grow up, boys and girls

A few months before the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, I came up with a ripping wheeze. I decided I would write an article for a prominent daily newspaper calling on Labour to set aside its differences with the SNP. In the event of our becoming the largest party after that May’s elections, I would suggest, Labour should form a coalition with the nationalists based on the broad policy agreement which I knew already existed between Scotland’s two most dominant parties.

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Opportunity to finally drag a reluctant party into the real world

It says all you need to know about the desperate plight of Scottish Labour that the modest proposals for reform presented yesterday by Jim Murphy were, even for a second, the subject of controversy. 

That there isn’t already a unanimous view that the absurd, outdated and undemocratic electoral college used (too often) for electing its leader should be consigned to history is a pretty damning indictment of a once invincible party.Continue reading