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Labour is 16 points behind in the polls. Here’s 17 things they could do right now to change that:

1. Find yourself a narrative immediately "Evidence doesn’t win the day. Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell a story. Our job is tell that story better than the other side tells theirs.” - Johnnie Cochran. 2. Use emotion, not endless uninspiring stats Labour’s last party political broadcast was basically … Continue reading Labour is 16 points behind in the polls. Here’s 17 things they could do right now to change that:

Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures. I work in adult education, and my learners come in with a load of barriers. The most common are mental health issues, … Continue reading Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish

We can work it out, if we reject the comfort blanket

The World Turned Upside Down

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Forgetting the branding war for a minute, there are a number of serious discussions we need to have on the Labour (and broader) left. It starts with an acknowledgement of where Corbyn’s victory came from: it didn’t come as the result of years of patient building on the Labour left in the lead up to 2015. If it had, we may have had more of a foothold in the Labour Party as a whole. It came about as a result of a ‘perfect storm’: a disillusion with establishment politics, both within and without the party; the ineptitude of alternatives on the right of the party; a union movement battered by austerity and looking for a fightback and a fantastic campaign which had learnt the lessons of the activism of the post-2008 era, including social media, digital campaigning, phone banking and volunteer activism on the ground.

Simply put, we overreached in…

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Railway blues – a new age of the train?

The railway system in the UK is in crisis, the price to travel by train has hit an all-time high and we now have some of the most expensive fares in Europe. On Southern, Rail, the long dispute over Driver Only Operation has led to further strike action and misery for commuters. On the Midland … Continue reading Railway blues – a new age of the train?

No fracking way!

MOST people, I’m sure, have heard of fracking — or to give it its full name, hydraulic fracturing. If you are unsure what fracking is, basically it’s a process which involves drilling deep down into the earth and injecting shale rock with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to release the gas inside. … Continue reading No fracking way!