A Bitter Summer Campaign Ahead – Stay Calm & Debate

If the heat of this first week of the Labour leadership campaign is anything to go by we are in for an unedifying political battle for both the leadership and soul of the Labour Party over the next 8 weeks. September can’t come quickly enough. I am grateful for those who have fed back on…

The Excitement of the Reshuffle Day

It has been something of a relief for the reshuffle to dominate the political headlines today – pushing aside Labour’s woes for at least a few hours. I spent several hours yesterday in Parliament either side of a meeting to capture the mood from all parties. I probably got to speak to about 25-30 MPs…

The Beginning of the  End of Labour? 

Yesterday was another ‘historic’ day in British politics. The last 3 weeks seems have thrown up plenty of them. Today we see the Tory party install a new leader, and of course our new PM, in less than the 3 weeks since the EU referendum. But over at the new Labour HQ the party was…

Living Through Crazy Political Times 

Yesterday I was locked in a meeting for 4 hours and by the time I had emerged the political landscape had changed again. We had a new Prime Minister elect with David Cameron humming his way out of Downing Street later in the afternoon. Over the weekend I intended to concentrate on putting some thoughts…

The Iraq Inquiry – Chilcot

Today sees the publication of another independent inquiry report into the war in Iraq. The Chilcott report is likely to run to over 2.2m words. It is not the first Inquiry.  I am in no doubt that not many of us will read the full report but will be rushing onto social media to pronounce…