Barely worth crediting

During the 2010 general election campaign, my 11 year old daughter asked me what was the difference between the Labour and Conservative Parties. I tried to explain the difference in terms of right and left philosophy rather than considering the policies of each party. My explanation started with the view of those on the right…

Red faced: Red Labour

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party was greeted by many as a breath of fresh air. He was portrayed and seen uniquely as a politician who said what he believed and believed in what he said. His honesty was going to blow through the cobwebs of British politics as the…

The curse of the nice men

In the last thirty five years there have been eight Parliamentary General Elections in the United Kingdom.  In those eight elections, the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition has only beaten the incumbent Government on two occasions.  In the 1997 General Election, Tony Blair’s New Labour defeated the Government of John Major that had become becalmed…

Tried and tested: Trident untested

Over the last few days Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on nuclear weapons has come under increasing scrutiny, with the possibility of his being the finger on the nuclear button in the event that he becomes Prime Minister. There are several aspects to the scrutiny; his position of personal moral opposition to nuclear weapons, the friction between…