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 Fall of France | Paul Krugman | New York Times Hollande is failing not only France but Europe as a whole in his abandonment of any opposition or even critique of austerity. The only exception to his spinelessness, Krugman argues, is in his commitment to "purging members of his government daring to question his subservience to Berlin and Brussels"
Read the news and it’s all upbeat about Spain. The Spanish economy grew 0.6 percent in the second quarter, the fastest rate since 2007, before the country slipped into recession. That’s the fourth consecutive quarter of growth. And Spain’s unemployment rate has fallen to a two-year low – of 24.5% in the second quarter. Of course at … Continue reading →
The sale of Indesit to Whirlpool is just the latest case: what is happening amid the general silence is the end of industrial Italy. The imminent danger is to yield to foreign capital not only industries but also the big banks, and to completely sell off Italian savings. Due to the sharp decline of industry and … Continue reading →
Plans have been announced to ‘rescue’ Banco Espirito Santo by splitting it into a “good” and “bad” bank and loaning it €4.9bn from the European bailout fund in an operation that will leave the liabilities with the Portuguese people. Rui Tavares of the Left Bloc argues it doesn’t have to be this way Portugal has witnessed … Continue reading →
For the sake of peace, Socialist Francois Hollande needs to rediscover the independent foreign policy of earlier French presidents in its approach to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, argue four left lawmakers*. From General De Gaulle to Jacques Chirac, passing by François Mitterrand, our country had always shown the voice of reason [on Israel and Palestine]
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