Mike Joslin

Mike Joslin|Founder & Chief Executive

Liquid syntax error: Error in tag 'subpage' - No such page slug mike_joslin_bio
Mike Joslin

Mike Joslin|Founder & Chief Executive

Founder @WriteYouMedia & other enterprises. Serial entrepreneur. Campaigns advisor. Tweets on politics & beer. Britain should remain in the EU.

Mike Joslin|Founder & Chief Executive

General Election Live Blog

Welcome to the WriteYou General Election Live blog. WriteYou is Britain's non-partisan social newspaper. You can follow our General Election Coverage here. If you enjoy our coverage please do consider becoming a member for £5 a month and supporting our mission for a non-partisan comment platform here. Get involved in the discussion by commenting on this article or WriteYou discussion by clicking here 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Why Labour has a much more serious problem than it realises

WriteYou is Britain's non-partisan social newspaper. You can follow our General Election Coverage here. If you enjoy our coverage please do consider becoming a member for £5 a month and supporting our mission for a non-partisan comment platform here

Get involved in the discussion by commenting on this article or WriteYou discussion by clicking here 

This morning I was woken up by a text from a friend saying, “WAKE UP THERE IS POLITICS HAPPENING”. I’m 5 hours behind in New York so wasn’t awake for May’s announcement of an early election.

Further texts followed from very senior Labour officials with increasing levels of worry with one simply saying “disaster”.

My first thought was just what serious trouble the Labour Party is in.

But this runs far deeper than Jeremy Corbyn and it’s idle to think that simply replacing Jeremy would achieve a better election result. The reality is that the Labour Party should be in third and they would be if it weren’t for Tim Faron’s ineffectiveness. 

There are two major problems for the Labour Party.

Problem 1

In many of the world’s wealthiest countries, automation and technologisation has dramatically reduced the amount of manufacturing jobs.  The UK is one of the worst countries for this and skilled jobs have gradually been disappearing over the years, despite the fact we produce more goods than we ever have before. 

What this means is that when this happens in cities people are forced into insecure low paid work, to use an app like uber that reduces wages for workers but prices for consumers or to live on benefits. 

When this happens outside of cities your options are limited by poor public transport. In Hemsworth for example many people are forced to work at the ASOS delivery depot for a low wage that delivers goods to people in cities. 

What this creates is resentment and affects the view of people on immigration. Many people felt left behind by New Labour in the 2000s. These people are long lost to Labour and increasingly voted UKIP but have recently been won round the Tory Party.

This is a good example on Twitter today. 

The Labour Party has to win back its working class base of support but it’s important to note that these people were long lost to Labour. They didn’t vote for Gordon Brown and they didn’t vote for Ed Miliband, but flirted with the idea and ultimately decided against it. Jeremy hasn’t lost these voters.

Read more
8 reactions Share

The runners and riders for seats with a sitting Labour MP that is standing down

WriteYou is Britain's non-partisan social newspaper. You can follow our General Election Coverage here. If you enjoy our coverage please do consider becoming a member for £5 a month and supporting our mission for a non-partisan comment platform here

Get involved in the discussion by commenting on this article or WriteYou discussion by clicking here 

Following today’s shock news of a General Election the following Labour MPs have confirmed they are standing down:

Pat Glass, Durham North West

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool Walton

Andy Burnham, Leigh

Ronnie Campbell, Blyth*  

Tom Blenkinsop, Middlesborough South and East Cleveland

Alan Johnson, Hull West and Hessle

*Following the publishing of this article Campbell did a u-turn and announced he was in fact standing.  

Others will likely follow but these are the seats that have confirmed so far. The information I published has been obtained by talking to key players in the local areas, people in the trade unions, MPs, people on the NEC and other high level sources. 

Liverpool Walton

It’s likely that Theresa Griffin MEP for the North West will get this seat. I understand from multiple sources that she is standing and has the support of Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson. Anderson has a strong power base in Walton. 

Sources tell me that Steve Rotheram does not want Theresa and was delaying announcing that he was standing down because he wanted to engineer a strong rival candidate. I understand this is the reason why the by-election wasn’t originally held on the same day as the Liverpool Metro Mayor Election. 

Griffin didn’t return my phone calls. 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Manchester Labour Councillor launches smear attack on WriteYou & calls for Ken Livingstone to be no platformed

Chris Wills, a Labour Councillor in Manchester Withington, has launched a scathing Facebook smear attack on this newspaper and Ken Livingstone’s right to freedom of speech.

Screen_Shot_2017-04-13_at_10.01.56.png
 

It seems the main focus of Mr Wills is that I post accurate information that he doesn’t want me to publish, particularly about Manchester Gorton, and follows this newspaper’s entire raison d’etre of being a non partisan social comment platform publishing articles from our contributors. 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Who is Steven Walker and what is the SKWAWKBOX?

In recent weeks a little known site has got many Labour insiders and journalists scratching their heads.

What is this website, the SKWAWKBOX, that is using inside information from the top of Unite and the Labour Party and where is it getting it?

This site that has been around since 2009 has recently started running detailed articles against Tom Watson, against Gerard Coyne and opponents of Jeremy Corbyn. The articles are almost exclusively about these subjects and use inside information as well as quotes from on and off the record sources.  

I use my column to keep people up to date on events that happen in the Labour Party and a site that went from 5,000 views in October to 267,000 in March is certainly of note.

What is behind it?

Read more
3 reactions Share

NY Distilling is a hidden gem

Regular readers of my column will know I live in New York, as I moved here from London to be with my wife who got a job in NYC.

New York is earth shatteringly expensive, particularly Manhattan and the trendy parts of Brooklyn. British visitors, even those used to London prices, are met with a nasty shock at the cost of everything. 

So recently I’ve started exploring things to do on a small budget in New York. If you look hard enough you can find some real gems.

On Saturday my wife and I woke up and discovered it was a beautiful day. Spring has FINALLY arrived in New York. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of me knows I have an obsession with craft beer. I have subjected Felicity to dozens of breweries and many here in the city. Felicity suggested for a change that we go to a gin distillery.

I did some research and discovered New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg. I looked at their website and saw something couldn’t be right. They did tours every Saturday completely free of charge. I was skeptical but decided to check it out. 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Jeremy Corbyn is wrong about Syria

In the past I’ve passionately opposed bombing Syria. I opposed RAF strikes against ISIS.  

But Donald Trump was right to do what he did last night and Jeremy Corbyn is wrong to oppose him. 

Some of the worst pages in human history are those that detail the collapse of existing governance. Decolonisation has killed tens of millions around the world.

Change without a plan leads to the breakdown of natural order and unspeakable human atrocity.

When George Bush and Tony Blair invaded Iraq in 2003 they didn’t have a plan for what happened after the fall of the regime. Hundreds of thousands have died. 

Read more
2 reactions Share

Momentum protests New Statesman’s “overt attack” to “undermine” Jeremy Corbyn

Momentum has sent out the below email to their membership calling for a protest against the New Statesman.

This is a completely counter productive waste of time. As a senior insider said to me this is “crackers”.

Another leading source said, “What the fuck is the point of this? Instead of wasting time campaigning against the New Statesman we could be running campaigns to win votes”.

The media narrative and the power of online media has been a pet hobbyhorse (my wife would say obsession) of mine. Regular readers of my articles will have seen me explain that the way to change minds is to change the narrative online and maximize content distribution.

Rather than protesting the New Statesman, a move only likely to annoy them, the left should focus on developing their own media sources and helping build platforms like this one. They should also be devising campaigns and strategies to get the New Statesman to cover them positively.

Momentum members who want to support left media are welcome to give a donation to WriteYou by clicking here. Momentum are also encourage to write for this platform.   

Alternatively I would recommend Dale Carnegie's book "How to make friends and influence people", available here. 

Read more
2 reactions Share

Labour Election Coordinator calls for “wider reconstruction” of Labour Campaigning

This article is one of a series on Labour Party figures, you can see the coverage here. Help WriteYou grow by supporting our powerful platform for independent, fearless and non partisan journalism here.

If you want to join the social discussion please comment on this article or join or start a thread in WriteYou discussion

In an exclusive interview with this website Ian Lavery MP, one of Labour’s Election Coordinators, has called for a “wider reconstruction” of Labour campaign methods. 

Mr Lavery said, “with the changes that have taken place in Politics across the world, the same techniques that worked in the past may no longer be relevant today. With a strong set of policies rooted in the principles of the Labour Party, we have a great story to tell voters on the doorstep.

“Changing our approach to canvassing and campaigning is going to be part of a wider reconstruction of any old practises that need brought up to date to engage with both new age and traditional core voters”.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

The New Statesman misses the point on Jeremy Corbyn’s Social Media

This article is one of a series on Labour Party figures, you can see the coverage here. Help WriteYou grow by supporting our powerful platform for independent, fearless and non partisan journalism by clicking here.

If you want to join the social discussion please comment on this article or join or start a thread in WriteYou discussion

Yesterday an article appeared about Jeremy Corbyn’s social media by Martin Robbins in the New Statesman.

For me it spectacularly misses the point. Attacking junior Labour staff is like blaming British troops for failure at the Battle of the Somme.

It explicitly attacks Jeremy Corbyn’s Social Media Manager Jack Bond and calls for him to be replaced. This is simply really unfair on Jack. He’s without doubt one of the most talented people in Jeremy’s office. He works incredible hours under intense real time pressure and does a very good job in challenging circumstances. Without him it would fall apart.

He has single handedly built Jeremy’s social media into a juggernaut that reaches millions of people every week.

Many senior MPs and insiders hold him in high regard with one saying to me, “Blaming Jack for this is a joke and very unfair”.

Let’s be clear though that Jack isn’t responsible for the messages he is asked to put out. He isn’t responsible for Labour Party brand guidelines or image. He doesn’t make the graphic templates that are put out. He isn’t in charge of what goes out and on what day. 

Read more
Add your reaction Share