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 cyclical theory of Labour | Hopi Sen Hopi's line is that every 25 years or so there's a great 'whither Labour' debate. The last one was in the 1980s and we're due for another if we lose. Quite agree
ConHome Diary | Iain Dale “I’d like to see taxes at the lowest level possible. I didn’t go into politics to tax people.” Who said that? Ronald Reagan? Margaret Thatcher? Douglas Carswell? Nigel Farage? Nope. Guess again. It was Labour’s Chuka Umunna on my LBC show on Wednesday"
Giorgio Cremaschi on recent regional elections in Italy that saw wins for PM Renzi but also a sharp decline in voter turn-out and a revival in the xenophobic Northern League. To me it is not surprising that prime minister Matteo Renzi exhales the success of the his Democratic Party ( PD) in the regional elections, […]
He’s MEP of the European Left in the Gue-NGL grouping, “that defends the dignity of the people and democracy ». He’s also leader of Spain’s Podemos movement, which to general surprise won 8% in the Continent-wide elections in May and is accredited in opinion polls today as the leading political force in the country with […]
As it has been argued in the mainstream media, the regional election vote in Italy is a warning signal to PM Matteo Renzi. His ‘centre-left’ Democratic Party (PD) emerged victorious in the poor southern region of Calabria and the historically ‘red’ central region of Emilia Romagna. But there was a collapse in turnout on Sunday, which, […]
Public expenditure on health in Italy is lower than that of other major European countries. Yet in recent years 10 billion euros has been axed from health budgets, hitting services and access to them for the poorest. And PM Matteo Renzi is continuing the cuts, says Stefania Gabriele * That we should reduce government spending […]
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