I had a drink with a senior figure in the Unite union who’s a good friend of mind last week. They mentioned in passing that they used to, about a year ago or more, check in to this site *every* morning because “you got a selection of interesting articles from the broad left and you could see what the left was saying to itself”. They don’t do that any more.
I think it is a fair point. Actually, the readership of the blog remains very healthy indeed, and there is an informative and regular debate, which I think is unique in the left blogosphere. However, over the last few months, there has been less topicality.
Partly, this is because I have been very busy with the industrial dispute against Carillion at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, and I have had less time for writing. In particular, I have regretted not having the opportunity to engage more fully with the debate about One Nation Labour, which touches on a number of issues I am interested in. It is also partly because John Wight and I have discussed how there is no obligation on us to write about topics just because they are topical, we are after all volunteers, and we both have busy lives .
However, I think there is another underlying problem, in writing about what the left is doing, because the left really isn’t doing much at the moment which engages with the political mainstream.
I will write a longer and more considered article on this, but I am interested in what our readers think. Has the left lost its way?