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That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Chuka Umunna vs Yvette Cooper for Labour leadership, Eagle Eye

Chuka Umunna vs Yvette Cooper for Labour leadership

Survation carried out an unusual poll for the Mail on Sunday, asking people to watch a one-minute video of five possible Labour leaders and then to answer questions about them. The figures given in the newspaper are for respondents who voted Labour in 2010;* I would have thought we were more interested in the views [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 27 May 2014 at 10:32 am

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”, Eagle Eye

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”

Some customer resistance to the claim in my column for The Independent on Sunday that Labour’s results in the local elections last week were “not good enough”. Typical Blairite rubbish, no more than you would expect from, um, Ed Balls.
If the “Blair’s gone you know” people would care to pay attention to what the Shadow [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 5:19 pm

How Labour Should Fight UKIP, Eagle Eye

How Labour Should Fight UKIP

Notable outing by the next leader of the Labour Party, Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, in today’s Mirror. Recognising that UKIP is a threat to the Labour vote, there are no histrionics about Farage’s army of racists (unlike yesterday’s strange and strident Liberal Democrat attack video), but a serious attempt to engage with the reasons [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 10:16 am

Remember: Tristram’s Handy, Eagle Eye

Remember: Tristram’s Handy

News coming in of Tristram Hunt’s turn at a fundraiser for Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party last night. The shadow education secretary “did what I haven’t seen someone on the Labour front bench do for four years”, according to one witness: “He simply refused to agree with the leftists and political conservatives in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at 9:38 pm

Yvette, in the race, Eagle Eye

Yvette, in the race

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, wrote the “A Life in the Day” feature in The Sunday Times (pay wall) at the weekend, and did a good job of coming across as sympathetic and normal (which she is: I worked with her briefly as a leader-writer on The Independent in 1997, before the election).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 8:14 pm

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction, Eagle Eye

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction

As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 1:46 pm

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband: Brave and Right

The Labour leader tonight confirms that he will support the change to the rules of future party leadership elections which I outlined in The Independent on Sunday. Some fellow Blairites have been worried that there must be a catch: that the trade union leaders could not really have been persuaded to give up the leverage [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 January 2014 at 10:21 pm

GDP4PM, Eagle Eye

GDP4PM

The Labour Party could have a new leader in 18 months’ time, and in The Independent on Sunday today I try to remedy the curious absence of speculation about who it might be.*
This involves the latest intelligence on the rule changes to be voted on at the special conference on 1 March, which will almost [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 2:08 pm

The Next Labour Leader, Eagle Eye

The Next Labour Leader

It could be Tristram Hunt, I suggest in The Independent on Sunday today. He has had a remarkable seven days.
My record of prediction in such matters is not good, often confusing what should happen with what will happen, and several correspondents have pointed out that it is quite unlikely that Labour will change leader before [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 20 October 2013 at 9:55 pm

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