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.
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
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 […]
About 6,000 doctors from Greece have emigrated to Germany until the end of 2012 at a time of rising shortages of medical and other health staff. What’s more, the Greek government invested 540 million euros in their training. This is only one of the effects of German-Greek “cooperation” Doctors and scientists at zero training costs […]
The reports in the French and British press of the G20 held in Australia presented a Putin supposedly isolated by the international community. This is a textbook example of the manipulation of information and misinformation, argues Jacques Sapir. It is not the “international community” that has sought to isolate Vladimir Putin, but the United States […]
Friday’s mass protests in Italy mark the end of the honeymoon period for PM Renzi Thousands took to the streets of Milan and other cities on Friday in the first of union-led protests that will culminate in a general strike next month. At issue is the government’s labour counter-reforms that will make it easier for […]
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