Author: Antony Tucker

Jeremy Corbyn has failed to take responsibility for recent by-election defeats, despite his low approval ratings holding his party back. (Photo: Telegraph)

Copeland and Stoke: Learning the Lessons

After an historic defeat in Cumbria and a narrow victory in Stoke during last week’s by-elections, Antony Tucker examines where Labour go from here. There are five stages to by-election grief: 1) Denial –...

Emmanuel Macron represents France’s best hope of a progressive, reformist president who will unite his country, rather than dividing it further. (Photo: Le Monde)

France 2017: Quel Serait-il? (Encore Un Fois)

With the French presidential election only a few months away, Antony Tucker surveys the candidates and their chances. After a tumultuous year in France, characterised by terrorist atrocities, economic slough and stubbornly high unemployment,...

No Such Thing as a “Progressive Alliance”

With figures across the left calling for an electoral pact between “progressive” parties, Antony Tucker says why this isn’t a realistic or worthwhile idea. Over the last few months, many figures across the left...

The House of Lords has become the largest unelected upper house in the world – its functions need to be transferred to a smaller, fairly elected body. (Photo: BBC/ Getty Images)

A Peerless Democracy?

The House of Lords is well overdue for reform, and David Cameron’s Resignation Honours List has shown why we need an elected upper house, says Antony Tucker. The House of Lords’ continued existence stands...

Owen Smith launching his bid to win the Labour leadership – seeking to unify both the party and ultimately the country, starting in his hometown and constituency. (Photo: Guardian/ Getty Images)

Owen Smith: Saving Labour

With Angela Eagle’s withdrawal from the Labour leadership race, Antony Tucker explains why Owen Smith is the best choice facing the party. It’s on: with Angela Eagle’s withdrawal, Owen Smith has become the sole...

With the UK crashing out of the EU by popular vote, the relationship between ourselves and our neighbours is in doubt. The left must lead lest the right wins every battle and the war. (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

Brexit: Reaping the Whirlwind

With the defeat of the Remain campaign in the recent EU referendum, the left has to learn its lessons and begin the fightback against Britain’s lurch towards the intolerant right. Britain has voted to...

Lexiters claim there is a progressive way to lead Britain out of the EU; this is simply not supported by any evidence. (Photo: Nick Wright)

“Lexit” is a Lie

Many on the left propose a supposedly progressive argument for leaving the European Union: but on closer inspection, this is nothing but a dangerous fantasy. “Lexit” has become a buzzword on the British left;...

Party donors currently have too much power in politics: money should not talk louder than popular support. (Photo: BBC/Getty Images)

People Power, Not Pounds and Pence

Publically funded political parties could be part of the answer to the present mistrust and corruption in politics. It’s time to ban donors. Who pays for politics? It may seem like an odd question,...

Nationwide council, assembly, parliamentary and mayoral polls have resulted in a mixed but disappointing showing in Jeremy Corbyn’s first major electoral test as Labour leader. (Image: BBC/Getty Images

The Costs of Complacency

With Labour’s mixed showing in this May’s elections, Antony Tucker argues that major changes are needed to revive the party’s electability. With the results of the council, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Police and Crime...

Endless protests achieve nothing – the NUS is failing to serve students’ interests in the Britain of today. (Photo: The Observer)

NUS: Not Fit For Purpose?

The National Union of Students is failing those whom it claims to represent, and is an organisation riven with bigotry and hypocrisy. It needs wholesale reform to be worth supporting, says Antony Tucker. The...

Crowds in Dublin celebrating the Republic of Ireland’s “Yes” vote for marriage equality in May 2015. (Photo: BBC/ Getty Images)

Equality Is Not Optional

The rising use of the referendum to decide on equaliy issues is profoundly wrong, and undermines the idea of fundamental rights – so says Antony Tucker In 2015 the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia...

President Hollande faces dismally low favourability ratings, putting at risk his party’s chances of a victory in 2017. (Photo: AFP)

France 2017: Quel Serait-il?

With just over a year to go until the next French presidential elections, Antony Tucker appraises the likely candidates and their chances of winning. Whilst many eyes are turned to the bizarre ups and...

At Christmas, most leaders aim to tie their aims to the spirit of the season – but David Cameron’s governments are wrong to claim Jesus’ actions as inspiration for their own. (Photo: Getty Images)

For the Love of God

David Cameron and his government often invoke the traditions and teachings of Christianity to justify their actions – Antony Tucker thinks this is both misleading and bad news for politics. This Christmas season saw...

Jim McMahon: Oldham’s Local Hero

Despite poor nationwide poll projections and an increasingly unpopular leader, Labour have won the Oldham by-election. The credit must go to Jim McMahon and his community politics, says Antony Tucker. For all the premonitions...

Can of Worms

With Jeremy Corbyn attempting to restart the moribund debate over the future of Britain’s nuclear weapons, Antony Tucker argues that this will hinder, not help, Labour’s cause. The recent revival of the debate around...

The Regional Rationale

After “English votes for English laws” passed, Antony Tucker takes a look at the “the ineptitude and idiocy” of the idea and calls for a completely federal state. Thursday 22 October 2015 was a...

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