The Macron formula: to win as a progressive, campaign on a positive

In stark contrast to UK progressive parties in this election, the incoming French President Emmanuel Macron campaigned and won on an unashamedly positive, outward-looking, centrist ticket There is a simple fact that is often forgotten by progressive parties in elections, which is that to win, you must give voters a positive vision to get behind. … Continue reading The Macron formula: to win as a progressive, campaign on a positive

The British left’s love affair with Melenchon is unsurprising yet deeply disturbing

As French far-left presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon surges in the polls, many on the left in this country have been quick to hail his rise as proof of the appeal of ‘left-wing populism’ Owen Jones last week wrote in The Guardian, in almost celebratory tone, that the rise of Mr Melenchon as a fourth contender … Continue reading The British left’s love affair with Melenchon is unsurprising yet deeply disturbing

Radicalism can win, but it needs a rebrand

Words matter. The idea talked of by some that Britain is fundamentally a right-wing country of conservatives, and the only way to win their votes is to tack right is a falsehood. The fact is, a large number of radical policies from the left, such as renationalisation of the railways and energy companies, and significant … Continue reading Radicalism can win, but it needs a rebrand