You don’t have to be Jeremy Corbyn’s biggest fan to take serious issue with his suspension from the Labour party yesterday, you just have to have some commitment to basic principles of honesty, fairness and justice.  The party’s General Secretary David Evans has not actually been willing to even explain to the National Executive Committee, […]

Is dissent allowed in Keir Starmer’s Labour?


Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s speech to the virtual Tory party conference yesterday was interesting because of the framing of his argument around public finances.  “We have a sacred responsibility to future generations to leave the public finances strong, and through careful management of our economy, this Conservative Government will always balance the books,” he said. “If […]

“What is the point in us?”


Here we go again. One by one, Scottish Labour MSPs are calling for their leader, Richard Leonard, to resign. The figure is currently at four, but according to the BBC’s Glenn Campbell there’s more waiting in the wings. Leonard has responded by saying these MSPs were always opposed to his leadership and are waging an […]

SLabification is the disease which no leader has a cure for



It’s a sign of the strange and frankly deeply disturbing Twitterisation of political debate in the UK that Robert Jenrick is not sacked as a Minister for a classic case of corruption, while Rebecca Long-Bailey is sacked as a shadow Minister for sub-tweeting The Independent’s interview with an actor who she knows from her constituency, describing her […]

Racist policing is a systemic, international problem


Alert Source Direct readers will have noticed that we have barely mentioned the words ‘the Labour Party’ for months. That’s because they are not in power in Edinburgh or London, and have had little to say about those which are at the helm that was worth paying attention to. Keir Starmer arrived as UK party leader and […]

Better Together; the Pandemic edition