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Rafael Behr is political editor of the New Statesman
The Labour leader must use this moment to emancipate himself from the machine that won him the job in the first place.
The chatter in the party has been that Watson runs around the country making sure 'his' people get chosen as candidates.
While the Labour leader takes time to ponder the future, his party is drifting into a style of politics that looks in urgent need of consignment to the past.
Both pro-EU, both queasy about a referendum. Who will jump first?
The Chancellor works on the assumption that voters have a boundless appetite for ever tighter welfare limits.
Buried in the coalition’s austerity programme is the kernel of acceptance that, ultimately, government is the solution to economic malaise.
With no end to austerity in sight, both parties take comfort in the thought that their opponents will choke on victory.
Did it really take a choreographed Downing Street tea party to get an extra £1m for the Internet Watch Foundation?
His early supporters thought the Labour leader had the courage and intellectual energy to remake British politics. So what happened to the optimism?
Stephen Twigg's speech was neither a capitulation to Gove’s agenda nor a ferocious reaction against it.