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Why did Labour lose?

FYI I’m a Labour activist and member. Here are a few reflections on the general election: Why did Labour lose? And we did lose. There was an increase in the Conservative vote. No point blaming the SNP either. 1) Ed wasn’t convincing enough to enough people. I grew to like him more than I did …

BHCC Budget: Why Labour abstained

A few people have asked me why Labour abstained last night on the budget vote for Brighton and Hove City Council. Here’s my best stab at setting a context and explaining the decision. I must say though, that over the last few years, as I’ve learnt more about local government, there are lots of things …

The Quiet Moments of Politics

There’s a great scene in season 6 of The West Wing when Josh Lyman introduces Matt Santos to the unglamorous reality of kicking off a presidential campaign from scratch with the New Hampshire primary. The candidate helps voters unload their trash at the town dump. The scene reinforces the importance of humility in politics. Personal …

To Derek Draper re: LabourList.org

LabourList is warming up in advance of a full launch. Some Tory voices have been pretty disparaging (maybe they’re a bit scared?) but I can see it gathering momentum. One thing that needs a bit of work is the ‘community management’. So here’s my advice to Derek Draper, who’s leading the charge… Hi Derek, Good …

Tom Watson: MP 2.0

Tom Watson, the member for West Bromwich East and Civil Service Minister, is a rare politician: he gets the web. And I don’t mean just as a campaign broadcast tool (viz Obama). He gets it as a utility and a potential agent of change and engagement. In recent weeks, this has become more important. With …