What are the choices? The left, the elections and how to get to a better place | Counterfire Counterfire - former members of the SWP who are key players in both Stop the War and the Peoples Assembly - set out their election approach. They argue helpfully that "in most places in England a Labour vote is the rational choice for socialists" but less helpfully that "where there are leftwing Labour candidates" (at least in safe seats) "a big vote for them helps sends a message for change". That includes the Greens though they're a "mixed bunch". And In Scotland "many socialists are likely to be voting critically for the SNP, which makes sense given their new found anti-austerity enthusiasm"
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A dozen Labour politicians who should defect to the Conservatives | Conservative Home Harry Phibbs suggest the following Labour MPs should defect in addition to Alan Milburn: Gisela Stuart (who would support a coalition with ther Tories), Kate Hoey, Tom Harris, Frank Field, Lord Adonis, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint, Oona King; mostly they certainly wouldn't but as Phibbs says, this may be more about sentiment than policy & ideology
By Juan Torres López* The media and the centres of economic and political power in Europe try to make us believe that the difficulties in reaching agreement with Greece come from the demands and bad practices in this country and that it is the position of the new Greek government which justifies the intransigent treatment […]
One year after PM Renzi came to power and three governments since Berlusconi, Italy is still depressed, thanks to unending austerity programmes, finds Leopoldo Nascia* Seven years of crisis and three and half years of political shocks the have brought, in succession, the governments Mario Monti, Enrico Letta and Matteo Renzi, have failed to pull […]
Syriza’s Yiannis Bournous* in interview What assessment do you make of Friday’s agreement with the Eurogroup? The document adopted at the Eurogroup gives Greece an extra four months to present a developed plan of structural reforms. The document gives us breathing space, both in terms of time and economic conditions. Even if some of the […]
Greece joined late and never conformed to Germany’s idea of the Euro, but it nonetheless served a very valuable purpose, explains Spanish economist Enrique Viaña Remis, who anticipates Spexit will follow Grexit Today, we talk insistently-indeed, all too insistently of Greece leaving the euro. The debate is raised in Manichean terms (at this time administrators of the […]
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