In his need, Labour’s leader is turning for inspiration to a predecessor who will scarcely be at the top of his list of role models.
Posts Tagged: SDP
Campbell’s public letter testifies to the depth of the split on the Left.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
Also: May cites absurd fears about ‘direct rule’ to justify abandonment of No Deal; Tory rebels wooed separatist votes; and polls open in Newport West.
Tory difficulties are bound up with Brexit. Labour’s stretch wider, and are part of wider ones for social democratic and democratic socialist parties.
The SDP analogies are all wrung dry. But nobody has looked at what a more recent insurgency can teach the new outfit.
We regret the Party being less broad a tent than it did this morning. But the position of these MPs had become impossible – and intolerable.
As long as traditional Labour voters stick with the party, opportunities for the Independent Group will be limited.
He and others should resign their seats, and then face their voters if they wish, when they join a new political party – but not before.
Yes, our system favours the established parties. But it is not invulnerable to change. This could be the start of a breakthrough.
The failure of the SDP by no means proves that a new movement of this kind is doomed to failure.
The People’s Vote is bound up with New Labour and talk of a new party. This does nothing to help it among Tory MPs…and much to harm it among Labour ones.
His focus on leftish politics and local campaigning built the party into a potent force, but left it badly exposed to the dangers of coalition with the Conservatives.
The sequence of events: bow to a second referendum, lose the ERG, gain Blairites, contest a general election – and rebrand the Party.
David Miliband, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg are urging from the sidelines a breach of faith with the British people on Brexit.
Lewis Baston: Forty years ago, another Tory conference. It saw that famous Hague speech. And the arrival of Reg Prentice…
The former Labour MP’s defection, and the later split within that party, has not yet found in a parallel in our own turbulent times.