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The best of Left Futures in 2013

by Conrad Landin.

Another year, another decent conference speech from Ed Miliband, an entirely needless battle with the unions, a false recovery from Gideon, and the deaths of two of history’s most significant figures. Left Futures has also once again gone from strength to strength to strength. 2013 in fact saw over 100,000 more visits than the previous […]

The six most popular stories this week

by Newsdesk.

It’s hard to disagree with Left Unity about anything much, other than their existence - Jon Lansman takes issue not with Left Unity‘s programme but with their political strategy – arguing that the Labour Party was still the right place for left activists to campaign for socialism. Unite offers Miliband an olive branch, with clear red […]

The six most popular stories this week

by Newsdesk.

Now universities openly campaign against left-wing students – Keith Wright looks behind the recent headlines about police surveillance, evictions of occupations and the proposed abolition of the University of London Union (ULU). Labour Students no longer bothers to pretend it’s not just Progress’ youth wing – still getting lots of hits, here’s Michael Wood’s shocking […]

The six most popular stories this week

by Newsdesk.

Labour Students no longer bothers to pretend it’s not just Progress’ youth wing. So far, almost 2,000 people have clicked onto Michael Wood’s astonishing article on the shenanigans at NOLS political weekend – and it’s counting! He tells of how Labour Students and Progress bigwigs “bullied” young members to join the shady party-within-a-party. A fascinating […]

On Jack Monroe, Jilly Luke and the perils of blogging

by Jon Lansman.

Two days ago, we published a piece entitled Lentils and lager: why we forgive tax evaders but not benefit claimants by Jilly Luke about the media portrayal of benefit claimants. It has generated quite a storm, and received over 8,000 hits in 48 hours, more than any other article on this site. It argued that the […]

Internet activism, politics and protest

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I just want to make some points about this article by Joe Rivers that has appeared on the New Statesman website. Despite its title, ‘Let’s stop pretending internet activism is a real thing’, it’s not really about that at all. I can only assume it was subbed with that heading to pick up a few Facebook likes and retweets […]

Rape threats, Twitter and masculine crisis

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Caroline Criado-Perez wages a successful campaign to get Jane Austen onto the £10 note and a pledge that, in future, the Bank of England’s designs will better reflect the actual look and shape of British society. A welcome happenstance for everyone who isn’t white, male and posh. But not all. Unfortunately, the bigger story has […]

The six most popular stories this week

by Newsdesk.

1.  The Blairite plot to discredit unions in general and Len McCluskey in particular: (for the third week running) Jon Lansman tracks the trouble-stirring back to Progress. 2.  Is this the roadmap to the end of Labourism? Far from giving Labour a mass working class base, is Ed bringing about “the kind of slow but sure decline […]

The six most popular stories this week

by Newsdesk.

Is Brighton Pavillion CLP on the brink of selecting an extremist bigot? Thankfully, they weren’t, or they realised they were and made amends! Purna Sen was selected as parliamentary candidate yesterday, but here Andy Newman warns of what could have been had the party opted for Anne-Marie Waters. The anatomy of a Con Home hack-job […]

The anatomy of a Con Home hack-job

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The Stupid Party. Home to the venal, the privileged, the dim, and the narcissistic. It is fair to say the Tories will say and do anything to protect their narrow, sectional interests – interests that are, as they have always been, fundamentally at odds to those of the overwhelming majority of people; and are also […]

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