The Labour Leadership contest and the challenge presented by Right to Buy

A short blog on the Labour leadership contest and the latest Conservative Right to Buy policy; the latter usefully exposes shortcomings in the leadership field.

The latest labour leadership contest started, rather too hastily in my opinion, in the aftermath of the May 2015 election defeat, a defeat that I saw as an inevitable consequence of a party with no defined message or vision failing to connect with the voter. The election was lost by Labour rather than won by the Conservatives, and lost badly. Continue reading

Well, that went well, that election

As The Labour Party enters yet another leadership contest after yet another defeat, a few observations on why the campaign ended so badly.

In my view the defeat was worse than any election since 1983, in that the incumbents were driven by cruel ideological instincts aimed at the poor and the weak, and if that were not enough, defended a poor economic policy predicated on low skill, low pay jobs, low investment, and the consequent appalling productivity record. They were also deeply hated and despised. But still Labour could not win. Continue reading