You do have to wonder about Labour so-called supporters for whom “Tony Blair” is the intellectual form of “your mum”.
If anyone is interested in what Blair is actually doing, as opposed to what the Daily Mail says he is doing, there is an excellent article by Toby Greene in the Jewish Chronicle today about his work as Quartet [...]
I was two notches too harsh on Ed Miliband in my assessment of his reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet in my column for The Independent on Sunday.
After it had gone to press, Tristram Hunt, the new shadow Education Secretary (pictured), said he was on the side of parents who want to set up schools, and [...]
With one line in his party conference speech, Ed Miliband may have destroyed what he achieved as Energy and Climate Change Secretary:
The next Labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017.
His pledge cut through the media clutter, and forced David Cameron to respond. Despite the policy’s relative unpopularity – it is [...]
What a wuss Paul Dacre is. I don’t mean his refusal to go on television to defend his journalism on Ed Miliband’s father. Some people don’t like going on television and are not confident in live debate, although it sounds a bit hollow, having put up your deputy to argue with Alastair Campbell, then to [...]
Magnificent from Philip Collins in The Times today (pay wall) on how unhelpful “Blairite” has become as a label. As he says, for Labour “to turn its most successful politician into an epithet of abuse is … an act of quite astonishing self-immolation”.
Nor is it quite right any longer to define the division at the [...]
I describe myself as a market socialist in an article for tomorrow’s Independent about the Royal Mail flotation. So this seems a good time to rescue a post from the old Independent Minds Blog from four years ago, which is somewhere in cyberspace but no longer Googleable.
Posted by John Rentoul
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 at [...]
I have a comment on the Prime Ministerial pot calling the Opposition kettle economically illiterate over on Independent Voices. Help to Buy is a terrible scheme for creating credit, recycling money in the housing market to create grateful winners who might vote Conservative and disguised losers who don’t know they are losing.
As a footnote, yesterday’s [...]
The return of Spencer Livermore to run Labour’s election campaign is, as esteemed colleague Andy McSmith noted today, going to “create an interesting atmosphere at Labour headquarters”.
Livermore fell out with Gordon Brown, as so many Brownites did, sooner or later, but he also fell out with Ed Balls, which makes Ed Miliband’s decision to bring [...]
I have written more than enough about Norman Baker’s absurd ideas about the death of David Kelly already, but there is one other important point that demands to be made.
Baker said to Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4 The World At One yesterday that he wrote the book, The Strange Death of David Kelly, six [...]
My esteemed colleague Steve Richards, writing in a rival newspaper, says that Blairites “do not exist”. I was ready to text him with a polite “ahem”, when I realised that he had specifically included me (and Tony Blair) in the category of non-existent Blairites.
I am thus forced to set out my rather inadequate definition of [...]
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