Interview with Jon Lansman, Momentum founder

Back in January I interviewed Jon Lansman about his life and his political journey with the Labour left: from prominence in the 1980s to exile through the Blair years to Corbyn’s unexpected leadership win. 

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“The things I fucking do for socialism!”

This is what Jon Lansman exclaimed to Tom Watson on 15 June 2015, or at least, something similar. He can’t quite remember which word the expletive modified.

It was the deadline day for MPs to nominate candidates for the Labour leadership contest and Lansman was helping Jeremy Corbyn. Yet as a kidney donor he had an appointment to have a large sample of blood taken. Continue reading Interview with Jon Lansman, Momentum founder

Blair returns

Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingd...
TB or not to be? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) CC Attribution 2.0 license

Tony Blair is back, admittedly in a minor role. Is this a good or bad thing for the Labour party? What you think depends on how you view Blair’s record in government, yet recent history is the part of history most open for debate and disagreement. To coin something  Tony said, “The Kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux.” The pieces are still settling, five years on from Blair’s Downing Street exit. Continue reading Blair returns