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Many years ago, someone told me about a story she’d shared with a friend who was a doctor. A nurse she knew was experiencing high levels of anxiety around certain tasks; a fear that one mistake that could lead to the decline or even death of a patient.

The nurse had been honest with colleagues about her anxieties. They had responded by taking from her the tasks she was most fearful of, enabling her to concentrate on areas of her work which generated less anxiety.

In response to this, the doctor replied that — as well-meaning as her colleagues may…


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After its worst election defeat in over 80 years, the U.K. Labour Party is choosing who will replace Jeremy Corbyn as Leader and (already-departed) Tom Watson as Deputy. The winners will be announced in early April.

One of the candidates for Deputy Leader, Richard Burgon, made waves when he proposed that the next Labour government should give members a say on whether or not the country goes to war.

What strikes me as most revealing about this proposal isn’t how bonkers it is, but how oblivious Burgon seems to how it would play out with voters; how utterly alienating it…


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I imagine it won’t be long before the crowing begins. Britain has left the E.U. and yet, contrary to ‘remoaning remoaner’ forecasts of doom and gloom, ‘the sky hasn’t fallen in’, and a ‘new dawn’ has broken.

Of course, like everything to do this deceptive, elitist and beyond-incompetently managed affair, this is nonsense.

The U.K. has entered the ‘transition period’. Lasting until the end of December 2020, we will be a rule taker or ‘vassal state’ in which we have to follow all the rules of E.U. membership whilst having no say in them. …


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We must be honest when calculating the challenge we face

As the Labour movement continues to grapple with the aftermath of the 2019 general election, it must avoid resorting to the cold comforts of meaningless statistics. Yes, Jeremy Corbyn may have won more votes than any Labour leader since 2001, but here’s the problem: Boris Johnson won more vote than any Conservative leader since 1992.

Selective statistics designed to make us feel better just won’t cut it when it comes to the blunt psephological truths of what it requires to actually win an election.

Perhaps ‘uniform swing’, which measures the…


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Over the three years that I have been writing about politics, I’ve tried to follow a rule.

No matter how bad things get, try to find the positives; the bits of hope that are there for the progressively-inclined.

At the same time, I’ve tried to avoid entrenching my ideology to such an extent that I can’t see more than one side of a debate (only you can be the judge of whether I achieve that) and keep that ‘hope’ grounded in reality

You won’t be surprised to hear me say that I’m really struggling to find that optimism now, but…


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In the wake of failed attempts by the leader’s inner circle to dispose of the Labour Party’s deputy leader: Tom Watson, the party’s divisive former head of communications tweeted:

“Hard to escape the conclusion that the posh boy revolutionaries and their ally LenKarie [sic] really don’t care if UK Labour win an election or not, provided they can control whatever remains of the Labour Party when the worst government in history is re-elected with their help”.

Whilst I agree with Alistair Campbell’s assertion that there are those on the left who prioritise taking control of the Labour Party machine over…


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As the turbulent weeks of Brexit court dramas rumbled on, the constitutional lawyer, David Allen-Green had a running joke:

“Remember everyone, constitutional law should not be this exciting”

But when you strip away the intellectual veneer and break it down to its bare essentials, far from making eyes glaze over, I think that the law and politics concerning how we are governed is something we care deeply about.

Namely: who makes the decisions?

This is the question that has always been — ostentatiously at least — at the heart of the Brexit debate. …


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Whichever way we voted in the EU referendum, we must unite to stop Boris Johnson’s plans for a no-deal Brexit. No contribution to that fight is too small.

‘No-deal’ was never mentioned in the 2016 referendum campaign (whereas ‘a deal’ was, frequently). The British people have rejected a ‘no-deal’ Brexit in three elections since the referendum: a majority of the vote going to anti-no deal parties each time. Therefore, ‘no deal’ isn’t only an outcome which doesn’t have the consent of the British people. It is an outcome that goes directly against the Will of the British People.

It is…


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The mother of all parliaments is about to host the mother of all battles. Here’s how it could play out…

Strap yourself in, this autumn is going to be one hell of a rollercoaster ride. That’s because there is one overriding conclusion that can be drawn from the newly installed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s choices for cabinet: he is unequivocally aiming for a no-deal departure from the European Union on 31 October. The cabal of hard-line Brexiteer appointees and advisory teams is essentially a ‘Vote Leave’ reunion.

These people dare to call themselves patriots, but they are no patriots. They are disaster capitalists, complete with shady links to lobbying firms who are salivating at what treasures a deregulated low-tax…


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Last week, the British ambassador to the U.S.A, Kim Darroch, stepped down after Boris Johnson, the overwhelming favourite to become the next prime minister, refused — six times — to back him during a live TV debate.

The furore was sparked after internal memos criticising the Trump administration were leaked to the press. These private communications revealed the shocking spectacle of Darroch doing his job: providing honest assessments from his perspective as our chief diplomat in Washington. Johnson’s refusal to defend him against the inevitable salvos from the U.S. …

Will Sadler

U.K.-based; I write about politics, the Labour Party, Brexit and Mental Health.

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