The Campaign for a Labour Majority Articles

Memo to … the new Scottish Labour leader

Congratulations on your victory. With a clear majority of support among the party’s members and elected representatives, you have a clear mandate for change. Who would have believed that with just a few months until the general election, Scotland would be the key...

Memo on … foreign affairs

Congratulations on your appointment as foreign secretary. You join Ernest Bevin, Herbert Morrison, James Callaghan, Tony Crosland, Robin Cook, Jack Straw and David Miliband in the pantheon. As you mount the Grand Staircase, and stroll around the Locarno Suite and...

The benefits of disreputable psephological habits

It is time to confess one of my disreputable habits. Every time local elections come round, I cannot resist sitting down by my computer and adding up the ward-by-ward results by constituency and working out who ‘won’, at least in the marginal seats that make the...

Memo on … Europe

Dear minister of state for Europe, Congratulations. Or should I say felicitations, gratulation, felicitaciones or complimenti? Welcome to one of the worst jobs in the Labour government. It’s awful for two reasons. One is the relentlessness of the travel. Constant...