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.
Why it would be disastrous if we give Jim Murphy Labour's top job in Scotland | Tom Watson | Herald Scotland Excellent article: "Gordon Brown was right, it was a huge strategic blunder for Labour to run a joint campaign with the Tories. As Alex Salmond has said, my party will pay the price for a generation unless we can signal that we understand the anger and disappointment felt by many former Labour-supporting Yes voters. A leader who signals a fresh start, who isn't tainted by the decisions of the past, is one way Labour can begin to rebuild trust with our base. Labour has a choice. It can keep digging with the old plan, or find a new blueprint. Looking at Neil, he's certainly not a continuity candidate. He'd rock the foundations of some in the Labour establishment. Yet isn't that what Labour in Scotland needs right now?"
Royal Mail’s Managed Decline | London Review of Books Does Chuka follow what's going on with Royal Mail? It doesn't seem so. The narrative that underpins his non-defence of the post as a public service was undermined this week - but he spouted the same line regardless.
Phoney war will soon be over | John McTernan | The Scotsman McTernan, speaking the real thoughts of Jim Murphy, strikes two blows: against the unions ("Only the unrepresentative and gerrymandered union section – revived for the last time in Labour politics – has gone against him. A badge of honour in many ways") and for austerity
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 […]
Paolo Gerbaudo Amid a worsening economic crisis, a look at the protest movements that are struggling against austerity could be described as a two-speed.Europe An expression abused by economists and political scientists talking about the different levels of economic productivity and political integration of European countries, it also captures well the distance between countries where […]
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