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.
Bernard Cassen on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome Through one of those ironies of which history is littered, the calendar imposes commemorations, even festivities, that often leave us with the bitter taste of ashes. This is so for the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing on 25 March 1957 of […]
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 […]
Commenting on the triggering of Article 50 today (Wednesday) by the Prime Minister to initiate the UK’s exit from the EU, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister must take all the time needed to get the best deal for Britain – not just the fastest deal. British workers and British jobs are […]
Responding to Sir Keir Starmer’s speech on Brexit at Chatham House this morning (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Brexit will only work if it is good for working people, says TUC
New mums in UK receive just 6 weeks of decently-paid maternity leave - Only mothers in Ireland and Slovakia have worse decently-paid entitlement - Croatia tops table with 6 months’ decently-paid leave UK mums get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe, according to new TUC analysis published today (Friday) ahead […]
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation at 2.3% in February – its highest level since October 2013 – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Government ‘sleepwalking into another living standards crisis’, says TUC
Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found. Language Undefined Read more about 1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote, finds TUC poll
Commenting on the news that the Chancellor intends to widen his look at the disparities between self-employed workers and employees, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: Language Undefined Read more about Chancellor’s announcement is welcome opportunity to look at impact of self-employment, says TUC
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