Hard Thinking on the Soft Left

Emma Burnell
The Labour Party and the Soft Left
Created 09 Jan 2021
  • Labour in 2022
    03 Jan 2022 • 11 min read • 1 1
    I am trying to separate my political and personal writing somewhat. So I have written about my 2021 highs and lows in a Medium post here. I haven’t made any final decisions about what to do about this...
  • The Fascinating rhythms of politics
    19 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Buy me eggnog! The mid-point of a government is always a difficult time for the incumbents. It is when electors expect you to stop campaigning and start delivering. When all those promises you made to...
  • Welcome to Ms Whip's House of Discipline Mr Starmer
    05 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    Buy me a cough sweet I have Covid. Mostly this hasn’t been too bad. A mild cough and scratchy throat. tiredness that hits me suddenly and completely. I am sleeping a lot. Today - newsletter day! - I a...
  • Why the soft left fails
    28 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Some of my lovely readers will know that I was once the Co-chair (and a few of you will know, for a while, sole Chair) of Open Labour - the current “organised” vehicle of the soft left. There is a sto...
    21 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 0 1
    Earlier in the week, I asked through this email and on Twitter for your questions. Thanks to the many of you who got in touch. I don’t think I have left any out, but my Twitter filters are high so I m...
    19 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    ASK ME ANYTHING! I haven't yet come up with a topic for this weekend's newsletter. So I thought I would come to you. Ask me questions. I will try to answer as many of them as possible. Make them as ch...
  • On the contrary
    14 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Buy me a coffee On Thursday, I attended the announcement and acceptance of the winner of the Contrarian Prize. It was a pleasant evening and I met and chatted with some very nice and interesting peopl...
  • Labour must have the confidence to keep punching the Tory corruption bruise
    07 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Owen Paterson - who doesn’t have the sense he was born with Buy me a coffee If Owen Paterson had the sense he was born with, he would have taken his lumps, accepted his 30-day suspension and moved on....
  • We are not entitled to your vote
    31 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Buy me a coffee We are not entitled to your support: we have to earn it. That should be the fundamental mindset of any political party and especially Labour who have been rejected by the voters over a...
  • Are we too into politics?
    24 Oct 2021 • 7 min read
    Buy me a coffee I have become a little obsessed with the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. For those who don’t know the story, the potted version is that a persuasive young woman managed to conv...
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