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Economics
Capitalism and Social Media
Emmanuel Macron and Neoliberalism

Why the Right Fears the Four Day Week
Work and the Second Machine Age
The Indolence of British Capitalism
After Neoliberalism
Britain's China Syndrome
Understanding China's Stock Market Collapse
Greece Votes No: What Now?

Notes on the Greek Crisis
Why Labour Should Adopt the Citizen's Income
More Notes on the Citizen's Income
Saudi Arabia and the Economics of Hypocrisy
Ideology, Politics, and the Deficit
Market Socialism: Basic Ideas
How Not to Criticise Space Exploration
The Great High Speed White Elephant
Why AstraZeneca's Ownership Matters
What's Really Driving NHS Costs?
London and the Rest
For the 50p Tax Rate
The Decadence of BAE Systems
Grangemouth
Dave's Big Squeeze
Dear Prudence
The Society for Cutting Up Jobs
The Death of the High Street

Class and Labour Movement Politics
The Grenfell Tragedy is Class War
Gerard Coyne: Another Reason to Vote Len McCluskey
Unite Election: Who is Ian Allinson?
Jeremy Corbyn and Rallies
Explaining the Election of Malia Bouattia
Why are the ATL Raiding Other Unions?
Jeremy Corbyn and the Trade Unions
Don't Blame the Council

In Defence of the Anti-Austerity Demo
On Accepting Knighthoods and Gongs
The Political Economy of Scapegoating
Benefits: Too Fat to Work
Who is White Van Dan?
An Open Letter to Yes-Voting Socialists
In Defence of Free School Meals
Austerity and Trade Union "Betrayal"
In Defence of White Dee
The Politics of Envy
Class Conference 2013
Demonising Part-Time Workers
British Jobs for British Workers?
Labour Link: Turn Crisis Into Opportunity
Unite and Falkirk, Again
Falkirk Fallout
Some Problems with the People's Assembly
"Scroungers" and Class
Against Legal Loan Sharking
The Work Programme: Still Worse than Useless
The Loan Shark's Charter
It's Time to Bash Benefit-Bashing

Party Politics

General
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them
Who's Heard of UnHerd?
Holding Out for a (Liberal) Hero
Against a Tory/Labour Brexit Coalition
The Welcome Death of Liberal England
Why Did the Pundits Get the Election Wrong?
Revisiting Lesser Evilism
Leaders' Question Time: Who Won?
On the BBC Election Debate
May vs Corbyn: The Verdict
Guido Versus Skwawkbox
The Political Economy of the Moral Lobotomy
What is the Dementia Tax?
Explaining Laura Kuenssberg's Bias
Economic Anxiety and Donald Trump
Local Election Take Homes
Who's Running the Best Election Campaign?
General Election 2017 Overview
Waiting for Jolyon
The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie, and Tabloid Economics
On the New Statesman Protest
Dutch Lessons for the Centre Left
Nicola Sturgeon's Independence Ambush
The Stupidity of Melanie Phillips
Fake News and Fake History
Brexit and Democracy
Westminter's Non-Interest in Northern Ireland
How to Win the War: Rules for Lefties
Living Dead Liberalism
The Dirty Politics of Clean Brexit
Quick Notes on Sleaford
The Three Ages of Politics Blogging
Tribalism and the Progressive alliance
Why Renzi Lost the Referendum
French Lessons for the Centre Left
Politics After Richmond
The SNP's Blather About Blair
Marine Le Pen on Andrew Marr
Short Notes on Populism
Why Did We Call It Wrong?
Race, Class and Donald Trump
Vote Hillary, Vote Democrat
Against Political Fairy Tales
A Defence of Stop the War
The Annoying Necessity of Facebook
You Can't Crowdfund the Centre Ground
Making Sense of the Meltdown
Scattered Thoughts on the Crisis
An Election or a National Government?
On Remain's Anger
Dear Undecided Voter
The Culmination of Toxic Politics
The Lexit Delusion
The Echo Chamber and the Dying Press
A Socialist Case for Remain
Political Realities and the Election Results
Why is the BBC Silent about Tory Electoral Fraud?
Privacy and the Public Eye
Politics and the Panama Papers
Donald Trump's "Liberal" Support
Hillary Clinton: It's the Politics, Stupid
Will there be a Snap Election in 2016?
A Note on Laura Kuenssberg and the BBC
Is Donald Trump a Fascist?
The Complexity of the Oldham By-Election
Million Mask March: A (Qualified) Defence
Britain First and Cynicism
The Royals and the Nazis
Where are the Left Wing Euroseptics?
The Strange Return of the Political Party
Fear, Loathing, and the UK General Election
Why the Right Fears State Power
Are the Media Fawning Over the SNP?
Notes on Nicola Sturgeon
Top 100 Tweeting MPs 2014-15
Dave and Ed's Last Prime Minister's Questions
MPs and Second-Jobbing

Using and Abusing 'Refute'
The Unavoidable Horizon of Lesser Evilism
Who is Steffano Pessina?
Is a Conservative/Labour Coalition Possible?
The Sun vs Russell Brand
The Absurdity of British Politics

Does Globalisation Breed Nationalism?
What Next for Politics?
The UK's Would-Be Assassins
Politics and Independence: How Do You Feel?
A New Constitutional Settlement for England
Politics Before and After the Referendum
Seven Leftwing Reasons for Staying With Us
On the "Obsession" with Israel and Palestine
Why BBC News Ignored the People's Assembly March
Lazy Thinking and the European Election Results
Political Scandal and Indifference
Depoliticise MPs Pay
It's Time to Scrap Pairing
Anti-Politics and the Problem of Listening
Why Party Conferences Still Matter
Damian McBride and Westminster Bubblegum
Siobhain McDonagh and the Social Contract
February 15th, 2003
Defining Political Bloggers
The Leveson Report
Is There Bias on BBC Question Time?
Police and Crime Commissioner Shambles
Electoral Reform and Socialism

Conservatives
Why the Tories Fear University
Tory Tribunal Fee Farce
Andrea Leadsom for Tory Leader
Are the Tories Permanently Screwed?
The Tories' Damning DUP Deal
Can Theresa May Survive?
Are the Tories in Terminal Decline?
Touring Tory Turmoil
Theresa May's Counter-Terrorism Shambles
The Woman Who Would Destroy Britain
The Worst Tory Campaign Ever?
Theresa May's Blairite Manifesto
Grandstanding in Bad Faith
Theresa May and Tory Decadence
The Absurdity of Theresa May
The Scottish Tory Resurgence
Tory Party Campaign Strategy
Theresa May's Surprise General Election
Boris Johnson, Pretend Foreign Secretary
Daniel Hannan, Marxism, and Dishonesty
The Audacity of Osborne
Hammond's National Insurance Nightmare
Meet the Next Tory Leader
Theresa May in Stoke
Surrey, They Haven't A Clue
The Tories and Affordable Renting
The Tories and the Special Relationship
Untangling Theresa May's Attack on GPs
Theresa May and the Shared Society
The Return of Dave
Hammond Underwhelms
How Likely is a General Election?
Zac Goldsmith's By-Election Stunt
Theresa May and Thatcherism
Meet the New Chancellor ...
Theresa May" Brexit Means Wrexit
Tory Cynicism and the Work Capability Assessment
Theresa May and the Boundary Review
Bye Dave
ARM-Twisted
Theresa May's One Nation Toryism
Andrea Leadsom and Tory Decadence
The Man Who Broke Britain
On Tory Weakness
The Canny Politics of Ruth Davidson
Theresa May's Leadership Bid
Dave, Panama, and the Press
Conservative Steel Hypocrisy
Is George Osborne Finished?
On Iain Duncan Smith's Resignation
George Osborne and Political Risk
The Slow Death of the Tory Party
Boris Johnson: Vanity and Opportunism
Michael Gove's Fairy Tale
On Tim Montgomerie's Resignation
The Idiocy of Jeremy Hunt
On Dave's EU Membership "Deal"
The Cameron Plan for Syria
George Osborne's Gamble
Dear Andrew Lloyd Webber
A Note on Tax Credits and Constitutional Crisis
The Conservative Indifference to Steel
Tory Tax Credit Stupidity
David & George
Dave's Speech: It's Just Words
George Osborne's Stalinist Move
Jeers and Loathing in Manchester
The Tories' Trade Union Turn
The "Security" Mantra and Tory Hypocrisy
Dithering Dave and the Refugees
Tory Decadence and the Trade Unions
George Osborne's Decadent Budget
The Politics of Tory Pledge-Breaking
George Osborne's Very Political Economics
Dave's EU-Turns
How the Conservatives Can Win Again
It's Going to be a Long Five Years
Lenin and Hitler Vs Grant Shapps
The Tory Party's Tartan Trauma
The Mystery of the Unfunded Tory Pledges
George Osborne's Car Crash Interview
West Midlands Tory Party Shambles
Why Dave Has Ruled Out a Third Term
Afzal Amin and the Politics of Cynicism
George Osborne's Core Vote Budget
Dave's Debate Dodging
Peter Oborne and the Crisis of Conservatism

The Sociology of Tory Stupidity
The Weak Man of British Politics
The Tory Drive to Suicide
George Osborne's Autumn Statement Failure
How Not to Start a Trending Topic
Decomposing Tories
The Tory Party's 15% Strategy
Iain Duncan Smith and the Race to the Bottom
Dave's Cruel Summer
Shuffling Toward Defeat
The Double Edge of British Values
Why the Tories Want Fracking
Dave's Desperate Referendum Stunt
Epolitics and Libertarianism
George Osborne's Political Vision
The Desperation of the Right
Why Are Welfare Cuts a Moral Crusade?
Dave and Scottish Independence
Dithering Dave and the Floods
Strike Ballots and Unintended Consequences
Introducing Cynical Empiricism
Dave and Energy Bills
Boris Dissected
Stupid Empiricism and the Conservative Party
The Politics of the Marriage Tax Breaks
Tory Responses to Ed Miliband's Speech
Dave's Dilemmas
The Politics of Royal Mail Privatisation
Syria: After the Commons Defeat
The Anatomy of a ConHome Hack Job
Osborne's Zombified Spending Review
The Death Agony of British Toryism
The Final Meltdown
Thatcher
The War on the Poor
The Hard Right: A Thought Experiment
No "Lurch to the Right"?
The Tory War Over Gay Marriage
Tory Disarray Over Europe
Tory Growth and Infrastructure Farce
Osborne's Class War Statement
Can Conservatives Win Again?
Dave's Speech to the CBI

Labour
Corbynism and Scottish Labour
Jeremy Corbyn and the Working Class
Tony Blair is Wrong about Everything
Yvette Cooper's "Alternative Vision"
The Politics of Re-Selecting Labour MPs
Thank You Chuka Umunna
The End of Progress?
Corbynism and the Middle Class
Consolidating Corbynism
Labour and 21st Century Class Politics
Campaigning in Derby North
A Note on the Labour Vote
Labour Party Campaign Strategy
Chuka and Dan: Jeremy Corbyn's Heirs?
For the McDonnell Amendment
Ken Livingstone and Anti-Semitism, Again
What Labour Can Do About Brexit
The Collapse of the Labour Right
Owen Jones and Naive Cynicism
Unsolicited Advice for New Labour MPs
On Labour's Victorious Campaign in Stoke
A Quick Word About Tony Blair
Is the Corbyn Moment Over?
What is Corbynism?
Jeremy Corbyn and the Homophobic Knighthood
Previewing the Copeland By-Election
On the Linguistic Innovations of Corbynism
John McDonnell's Tax Cut for the Well Off
After Trump, Corbyn?
The Importance of Arguing Honestly
Momentum's Double Vision
Should Labour Stand in Richmond?
Labour and Anti-Semitism, Again
The Return of Tony Blair
Understanding Jeremy Corbyn's Reshuffle
Jeremy Corbyn and the SWP
Jeremy Corbyn's Prime Ministerial Speech
A Note on the NEC Vote
On Shadow Cabinet Elections
Now What for the Labour Establishment?
Some Critical Advice or Jeremy Corbyn
The Myth of the Ineffective Opposition
Why I Voted for Jeremy Corbyn
Why the Establishment Doesn't Get Corbynism
Can Owen Smith Win?
Labour and Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn in Derby
Labour at the High Court
Reluctant Corbynism
Is Corbynism a Social Movement?
Splitting the Labour Party
Meeting Citizen Smith
What is Happening to the Labour Party?
The Eagle Has Floundered
Against the Corbyn Coup
Jeremy Corbyn Needs a Media Strategy
Dear Tony
Jeremy Corbyn's Speech to Progress
Managing Labour's Electoral Expectations
Ken Livingstone, Labour, and Anti-Semitism
McDonald's and Labour "Snobbishness"
Is Jeremy Corbyn an Effective Leader?
Jeremy's List
John McDonnell's Very Political Economics
Is Labour Ready for Another Economic Crisis?
Mandates and Mendaciousness
A Note on Yvette Cooper and Nationalisation
Tony Blair and Pragmatism
Labour's Prospects in the Local Elections
Is the Labour Party Middle Class?
Jeremy Corbyn and the Beckett Report
Labour and Unilateral Nuclear Disarmament
At the Labour First Conference
Previewing the Beckett Report
Debunking the Labour Party Coup Fantasy
.... and Neither is Progress "Hard Right"
Jeremy Corbyn is Not a Misogynist
Simon Danczuk and Narcissism
Jeremy Corbyn, Women, and the Shadow Cabinet
On Jeremy Corbyn's Reshuffle
An Essay in Self-Criticism
Farewell to Dan Hodges
I Agree With Tony Blair
Advice for "Bullied" Labour MPs
Hilary Benn's Appalling Speech
Jeremy Corbyn's Syria Crisis
Mao, McDonnell, and Mirth
Understanding Corbynmania
Jeremy Corbyn and Insecurity
iPads and Socialism
Jeremy Corbyn and Shoot-to-Kill
Navigating Our Divided PLP
Constructively Critiquing Corbynomics
Andrew Fisher: It's Not About Rule-Breaking
There Is No Oldham West By-Election Purge
Quick Notes on Lord Warner's Resignation
Whither the Blairite Rebellion?
Guarding Against the Far Left
Party or Constituency? On the Accountability of Labour MPs
Corbynmania and Momentum
A Note on Jeremy Corbyn's Conference Speech
On John McDonnell's Shadow Chancellor's Speech
The Scale of Labour's Challenge
Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister's Questions
Jeremy Corbyn and the European Union
A Note on Jeremy Corbyn and the Media
At the Labour Leadership Special Conference
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Jez
Lessons of the Labour Leadership Campaigns
A Note on Jeremy Corbyn and Panorama
At the West Midlands Progress Conference
For Mandatory Reselections
Who I Voted for Labour Leader
Can Jeremy Corbyn Manage the PLP?
Jeremy Corbyn's Proposed Iraq War Apology
If You Seek a Revolution ...
Yvette Cooper Visits Stoke
An Open Letter to Tristram Hunt
Gordon Brown and Power
Why I Am Voting Jeremy Corbyn
Some Questions for Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn, Stalinism, and the Cold War Boilerplate
Short Notes on the Cruddas Report
Alan Johnson's Amnesia
At Jeremy Corbyn's Birmingham Rally
Labour MPs and Political Leadership
Dear Yvette Cooper
Relax, There Is No Labour Meltdown
Jeremy Corbyn and Hard Left "Infiltration"
Some Advice for Andy and Yvette
Understanding Labour's Abstentions
Understanding Jeremy Corbyn's Support
Harriet Harman's Tax Credit Debacle
Labour Leadership Candidates on the Greek Referendum
West Midlands Labour Deputy Leader Hustings
West Midlands Labour Leadership Hustings
Why are the Right Endorsing Liz Kendall?
The Gnashing of Blairite Teeth
Liz Kendall and Trade Unions
What is Jeremy Corbyn Playing At?
Should Labour and the Liberal Democrats Merge?
The Labour Leadership Candidate's Speech I'm Waiting to Hear
Short Notes on Jeremy Corbyn
Dear Liz Kendall
If David Miliband Had Won ...
Notes on the Labour Leadership Contest
Why Labour Lost: A Scottish Perspective
Labour's SNP Lessons
On Centre Grounds and Aspirations
I'm Voting Labour, Because Reasons
Making Sense of the EdStone
Ed Miliband and Minority Government
Brand/Miliband
Scottish Labour, Again
Of #Milifandom
On Weaponising Ed Miliband
Is Labour Doomed?
Would You Take a Donation from this Man?
In Conversation with Kevin Maguire
For a Labour Majority, Not a Labour/SNP Coalition
Tony Benn's Bandwagon
Is Ed Miliband the Next Margaret Thatcher?

Labour's Scottish Bloodbath ... And What Needs To Be Done About It
Weaponising Tony Blair
Ed Miliband and Cynicism
Neal Lawson and the "Wrong Voters"
Tony Bloody Blair, Again
Jim Murphy and Saving Scottish Labour
Notes on #CameronMustGo
Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour Leader
Emily Thornberry's Mistweet
What #webackEd Means
Plots and Rumours of Plots
Labour's Leadership Woes
It's the Sense of Security, Stupid
Lamenting Lamont
Recomposing Labour
Ed Miliband's Conference Speech
Why Clacton Matters for Labour
Why Won't Ed Balls Renationalise the Rail?
Ed Miliband and The Sun
Managing Ed Miliband
Labour's Poll Setback
Labour and David Axelrod
What Is Ken McCluskey Trying to Achieve?
Labour's Significant Divide
Why Some Labour People Don't Like Blair
Labour, Social Security, and Triangulation
Labour and Coalition Talk
Will 2015 Be Labour's Poisoned Chalice?
Campaign for a Permanent Labour Majority
Labour and the Uses of Left Populism
Milibandism: Politics and Expediency
Ed Miliband's Reshuffle
On Ed Miliband's "Weakness"
Ed, Falkirk and the Westminster Bubble
Reconnecting Labour
Why Labour Doesn't Need Jim Messina
Labour and Rebuilding Social Security
For a Real Jobs Guarantee
Ed Miliband: Personality and Politics
A Note on Thatcherism and New Labour
A Goodbye to David Miliband
What Was Liam Byrne Playing At?
One Nation Needn't Be Taxing
Labour and the Eastleigh By-Election
Why Labour Must Oppose Benefit Cuts
One Nation and Europe
For Labour Police and Crime Commissioners

Liberal Democrats 
Is Another Tory/LibDem Deal Possible?
No Sign of the Liberal Democrat Revival
The Filthy LibDem Campaign in Stoke Central
Two Points about Two By-Elections
The Liberal Democrats Are Totally Stuffed
Should Labour and the Liberal Democrats Merge?
Remembering Charles Kennedy
Was there anything Liberal about the Tory/LibDem Coalition?

Liberal Democrats: Not Dead Yet
Detoxifying the Liberal Democrats
LibDem Leadership Crisis
Where Now for the Liberal Democrats
Rennard's Syndrome
The Coming LibDem/Tory War
Syria: Three Questions for Vince Cable

UKIP
Does UKIP Have a Future?
Douglas Carswell and the Fall of UKIP
UKIP's Stoke Central Campaign
Lies, Damned Lies, and Paul Nuttall
Paul Nuttall in Stoke
Paul Nuttall and Working Class Voters
Suzanne Evans for UKIP Leader
UKIP after Steven Woolfe
The Woolfe was on the Floor
The Woolfe was at the Door
UKIP after Brexit
UKIP and the English Local Elections
Can UKIP Overcome the Doldrums?
Smoke Me a Kipper
Farage's Defeat-Courting Deal
Rumours of UKIP's Demise Are Very Much Exaggerated

UKIP and the Perils of Professionalism
Are UKIP "Profoundly Un-British"?
EU Support at 20 Year High
UKIP, Symbolism, and Image
How to Eradicate UKIP
Douglas Carswell's Defection: High Stakes
UKIP's General Election Prospects
Politics After Newark
Why the BBC Loves UKIP
Calling UKIP Racist Won't Stop Them
UKIP and English Nationalism
Why Farage Bottled Newark
UKIP, Politics, and Populism
UKIP's Turn to the Workers
Why UKIP Will Not Die
Immigration and Class Politics
UKIP's Catch-All Makeover
UKIP and Labour
Tories and UKIP After Eastleigh

Greens
In Defence of Jim Jepps
Green Party Candidates at the 2015 UK General Election
Will Natalie Bennett's Train Wreck Derail the Greens?

Red Baiting and the Media
Notes on the Green Surge
How Labour Can See Off the Greens
Capitalism and Nature
Are the Greens Progressive?

Stoke Politics
Back on the Doors in Stoke Central
Stoke to Exit the EU Early
Dear Undecided Stoke Central Voter
A Saturday in Stoke Central
At the Stoke Central Hustings
On the Doors in Stoke Central
On the Stoke Central By-Election Candidates
Inside Stoke Central's Selection Meeting
Thoughts on the Stoke Central Shortlist
Stoke-on-Trent Central Labour Shortlist
Stoke-on-Trent Central Labour Long List
Previewing the Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election
A Political Guide to Stoke-on-Trent Central
Goodbye to Tristram
Remembering Lily Jayne Summers
Jeremy Corbyn in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke Central CLP Nomination Meeting
Labour Wins in Silverdale
Stoke City Council Debt Hypocrisy
John van de Laarschot: A Political Obituary
A Case Study in Opportunism
Will Stoke City Council Stand Up for Working People?
Cllr Dave Conway's Signs of Idiocy
The Stupidity of Stoke's City Independents
Meet Deputy Council Leader Dave Conway
Stoke-on-Trent: Another Fine Mess
The Melanie Baddeley "Affair"
Stoke Politics After the Election
A Farewell to Paul Breeze

On the Stoke-on-Trent City Independents' 2015 Manifesto
Defending Labour's Local Government Panel
Stoke's Trip to the Chelsea Flower Show
Never a Dull Moment In Politics ...
Whatever Happened to Stoke BNP?
Andrew Lilley and the Stoke Labour "Conspiracy"
Stoke North: After Joan
Stoke Labour and Political Crisis
Why I Didn't Support the March on Stoke
A Farewell to Mick Williams
Regeneration Lessons from the Rustbelt

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