Keir Starmer urged to field Labour candidates in Northern Ireland elections…

The perennial issue of Labour running candidates in Northern Ireland has popped up again. From the Daily Mirror: Keir Starmer is being pressed to allow Labour to field candidates in Northern Ireland elections. The move could give the Labour leader the few extra MPs he might need in a tight general election. Labour currently backs its sister party, the nationalist SDLP, which has two MPs and 12 assembly members. But shadow trade secretary Emily Thornberry said: “We should be offering …

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What are Labour for?

They are a party who haven’t run official candidates in NI for nearly 60 years. Yet so much of the past century has been influenced by the once mighty Labour party. Sir Keir Starmer is proving more popular in technocratic opinion polls, but will his virtual party leader speech made today filter through into positive headlines for the beleaguered centre-left? Poly Toynbee has thrown down the gauntlet to her ideological partners, calling on Labour is re-capture a sense of patriotism …

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Differences over Covid management within the UK shouldn’t be exaggerated but they are provoking a rethink of how the UK is governed

Schadenfreude at the state of the United Kingdom is a familiar default sentiment among republicans who comment in Slugger.  They believe that  mishandling of Brexit and now Covid  is evidence of terminal decline. The notion is not limited to those predisposed against the UK . It crosses the community. What encourages the republican- minded depresses unionist Cassandras like Alex Kane. The most eloquent is the Guardian columnist Martin Kettle. To the surprise of many of those watching, and perhaps even …

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Keir Starmer elected as new leader of the Labour Party…

At last Labour Party members have seen sense and decided to choose an electable leader. Keir won on the first round of voting, with more than 50% of the vote. For the few, not the many. pic.twitter.com/OxJzbsGs1F — The Socialist Party (@OfficialSPGB) April 4, 2020 Keir is a poster child for social mobility. From a working-class background he passed the 11plus and worked his way up to the dizzy heights of Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC. As you can see …

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