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.
George Galloway could be London's Nicola Sturgeon | Spectator Damien McBride says nice things about Galloway: "a much more thoughtful, generous and downright likeable man than people understand, far happier giving compliments than receiving them, and — above all — one of the best analysts I have ever heard of the challenge facing the left in Britain, and what it must do to respond" - even people you may not like can have good qualities - get over it!
"Aspiration" | Chris Dillow | Stumbling and Mumbling Another great and timely piece - Blairism is out-of-date says Dillow: in the 90s, "the IT revolution was promising a bright new future, so talk of aspiration, modernity and newness chimed with the zeitgeist." But now we have secular stagnation: "When productivity is flat, "aspiration" is a zero sum game"
Former anti-eviction activist Ada Colau has been elected the new mayor Barcelona in the municipal elections this Sunday. Ahead of the victory of the radical campaigner, who was backed by a coalition including Podemos and United Left, she spoke to Il Manifesto newspaper. A squatter in power. If we wanted to find a way of […]
The upstart left party Podemos has claimed it is a “lever for change”, as it broke through in eight regions of Spain to become the third force in eight of the 13 regional parliaments contested. “We would have liked to see a more rapid erosion of the large parties, according to Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who described this […]
By Jacques Sapir President François Hollande celebrated on May 6 the third anniversary of his election to the highest office in France. This invites us to look at the record of the man and his policies. Much has already been said about it. The most obvious failure, but also the most predictable of his presidency […]
Not only have the Troika’s austerity policies been an abject failure but in inflicting suffering on millions of people, the three headed beast of the EU-ECB-IMF has severely violated human rights that are recognized by the EU itself. But can the charges stick, asks Luciano Galliano “The governance of the crises in the European Union has led to massive violations […]
Sadiq Khan highlights why it's so important that you use the power voting in elections gives you. "The election on May 7th is so important. It's about who runs the country. It's about whether you can get a decent job that pays well. Whether you can get a home that's affordable. And it's even about […]
Let's examine the PM's record. The Government promised but failed to eliminate the deficit in this Parliament. They borrowed £219bn more that they said they would - enough to run the NHS for two years. They decimated public services by destroying hundreds of thousands of good-quality jobs.
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