Working class politics, the labour movement and protest – Unite’s Len McCluskey gave the annual Ralph Miliband lecture at the LSE last week. He frames working class politics within the notion that “all concepts of politics, of whatever kind, are about conflict──how to contain it, or abolish it.” He also reinforces Unite’s recent message of organisation beyond the workplace.
Hitchens, the “kitsch-left”, and the cult of the individual – Conrad Landin takes a look at the mythology around Christopher Hitchens, and wonders why left-wingers can’t get away from deifying such figures so soon after their deaths, or even in life. Written in November, and brought back to attention after a Twitter recommendation from the LRB’s Jenny Diski.
The Rise and Fall of the House of Scottish Labour | Gerry Hassan After a quick overview of the history of modern Scottish politics, Hassan concludes that "it is by no means certain that Labour can even be sure that it will remain the leading opposition party" - arguing that in the realignment to come the SNP is likely to be challenged from both the centre-right (by the Tories?) and from the radical left (which could involve the Greens and Radical Indys)
What image will remain in the European Union in the wake of the Greek crisis? Indeed, whatever the outcome of this crisis, whether it results in a Greek default and a possible exit from the euro zone, or a capitulation of the Greek government, the consequences of this crisis on the EU and its image […]
Barcelona’s new radical mayor-elect has signalled her determination to secure a fair deal for exploited Telefonica-Movistar workers by threatening to curtail the company’s contract with the City to put pressure the company in its labour dispute. Outgoing mayor Xavier Triasa aimed to prolong the contract between the operator and the City Council for another year until July 2016, but that is now […]
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised to step up his efforts to ‘reform’ Italy and deal with critics in his party after euro-sceptic populist parties secured successes in local elections. Candidates backed by the Italian PM’s Democratic Party (PD) won five out of seven regions where polls where held on Sunday, maintaining its overall position before […]
Former anti-eviction activist Ada Colau has been elected the new mayor Barcelona in the municipal elections this Sunday. Ahead of the victory of the radical campaigner, who was backed by a coalition including Podemos and United Left, she spoke to Il Manifesto newspaper. A squatter in power. If we wanted to find a way of […]
This week I didn't behave well. Really bad in fact. I mean I slow clapped the home secretary as she headed for her lobby. I then followed it with, what I will call a robust exchange, with the minister for women and equalities Nicky Morgan across the chamber.
On Saturday, I was proud to march alongside friends, family and hundreds of thousands of other people - trade unionists, campaigners, celebrities and activists - all united in their determination to voice their anger at the Tory Government’s austerity agenda.
Sadiq Khan highlights why it's so important that you use the power voting in elections gives you. "The election on May 7th is so important. It's about who runs the country. It's about whether you can get a decent job that pays well. Whether you can get a home that's affordable. And it's even about […]
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