A Week IS a Long Time in Politics

As you may have gathered from my twitter and Facebook I have fortunately been slightly pre occupied over the last week with the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup. Ironically the event got me onto the Daily Politics Programme when they did a light hearted piece on Friday. However, with over 300 Parliamentarians from across the globe…

Leadership Election Veteran – So Seeking YOUR vote..

Until I sat down to write this I hadn’t realised how many Labour Party leadership elections I had been through. Like a lot of things in life I still regard myself as a beginner and struggle with the concept that I am grown up and people want me to mentor them! Don’t panic – the…

Parliament Returns – but not for All

In a social media age my timeline this week was filled with new MPs ‘selfie’ photos of them swearing into the new Parliament. Clearly they were ‘official’ selfies from some of the new camera angles that seem to have been installed. I guess seeing the photos and claims from new MPs  to be ‘looking forward…

It’s all about the narrative

I have posted on a regular basis my observations about political discourse and the book Don’t Think of an Elephant. Having just read another round of articles in the press from former colleagues it has never seemed more relevant.     To summarise the auhor George Lakoff points out that people think in ‘Frames’ and the…

The Journey to 2020

Like most commentators I was spectacularly wrong about the outcome of the election last week, so it would seem very foolish to start to speculate about the outcome of the 2020 election already. So clearly I won’t even try. But I did enjoy the experience of trying to make sense of the election campaign for…