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.
Matteo Renzi’s referendum gamble was a huge error of judgement – but the result offers hope for Italian democracy THE banks were going to collapse. The country would exit from the euro single currency. The PM and his government would fall and political chaos was inevitable. Operation Fear was running at full throttle in the […]
By Christophe Ventura | Memoire des Luttes With Brexit, the end of a story begins to be written. That of the European Union (EU) as a symbolic embodiment of Europe. Brexit means the unthinkable for European zealots: the reversibility of European integration is possible; even unleashed. It sends them another painful message: regional integration through […]
It’s Christmas time for Greek pensioners. But what amounts to a rather modest gift from their government seems to have led to a major international rift threatening calamitous consequences for the austerity capital of Europe. In recent days a row has broken out with between PM Alexis Tsipras and the IMF-led coalition of -international lenders […]
By Jean-Claude Mairal Once again, after Nice that resulted in 84 dead our country has been victim of an attack in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Faced with the horror we can only express sympathy and solidarity with the victims and their families. And let’s not forget all the other victims of attacks around the world, to whom we […]
The TUC has today (Sunday) published 5 tests the government’s industrial strategy must meet if it is to make the UK successful after Brexit with higher productivity, more high-quality jobs and major improvements to living standards. Language Undefined Read more about Industrial strategy must give every part of UK better jobs and living standards after […]
Commenting on the latest labour market data published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show real pay growth (excluding bonuses) has stalled at 1.7% for the last five months, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “If working people are going to feel a difference in their finances, their pay needs to grow […]
Workers in the public sector face real pay falls of thousands of pounds by 2020, according to new analysis published today (Wednesday) by the TUC. Language Undefined Read more about Nurses, teachers and firefighters facing falls of thousands in real pay by end of decade
Responding to the speech made by the Prime Minister today (Tuesday) on the UK’s exit from the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Working people need to know details of PM's pledge for ‘fairer Britain’, says TUC
Talks aimed at ending the dispute between train drivers’ union ASLEF and Southern Rail are to be held at TUC Congress House from tomorrow (Wednesday). Language Undefined Read more about TUC to host Southern Rail talks
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rising to 1.6% in December – the highest since July 2014 – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Brexit plan must protect livelihoods – as working people face […]
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