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In tune with the times

Phil Wilson MP

The story goes something like this: back in the 1920s, when jazz was just getting into its stride, someone asked Louis Armstrong, “What is this thing called jazz?” “If you’ve gotta ask,” the musician replied, “you’ll never know.” I relay this anecdote, not just because I love jazz, but because Armstrong’s response raises the issue…

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Labour divisions

Gerald Holtham

As a long-time Labour party member and sympathiser, I despair. It is perfectly obvious that in many – though not all – policy areas, Jeremy Corbyn is right and the old Blair-Brownite consensus got things wrong. It is equally evident that Mr Corbyn is temperamentally unable to run a coconut shy, never mind a political…

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Understanding Corbynmania

Olivia Bailey

The labour party has much in common with the phoenix, the mythical, long-lived bird that is cyclically reborn. When the bird is in its youth, it is defined by beauty and power. As time passes, its feathers grow dull and it becomes tired. And then, as it dies, it bursts into flames. From the ashes of this leadership contest, a…