Posts under ‘Politics’

Who are the ideologues now?

by Bryan Gould.

It is a truism of today’s political analysis that, over the three or four decades since the onset of the so-called “free-market” revolution that swept across the western world, the centre of political gravity has moved substantially rightwards. Most of those of middle age or younger will have grown up, after all, in a world […]

Jeremy Corbyn and hard left “Infiltration”

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The press are not neutral arbiters when it comes to the Labour leadership contest. If they can use the debates between party members as a way of deepening divisions in the party, they will. At the forefront of these attempts is the so-called quality “paper of record” The Times, which of late is transforming itself into […]

It’s time to halt the infighting over the leadership election

by John McDonnell.

I have sent this letter to all Labour MPs to try and draw a halt to the personalised infighting that has gone on with talk in the media of splits and breakaways if Jeremy Corbyn gets elected. Dear Colleague, Like me I am sure that you will have been dismayed at some of the statements made by figures […]

Left Book Club re-launch planned for autumn with first book on Syriza

by Newsdesk.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone is among a string of authors set to be published by a new Left Book Club, which launches this autumn. A collective of writers, activists and academics have been working on the project with the radical publisher Pluto Press. The project aims to emulate the original 1936-1948 club in provoking thought […]

Angela Eagle: “Political elite need to lay off Jeremy Corbyn”

by James Elliott.

Angela Eagle, candidate for Deputy Leader, weighed in on the leadership debate yesterday attacking those who have said they would not work with Jeremy Corbyn, and calling for the party’s elite to respect the membership’s decision if they elect him. Writing to members, Eagle said, “I would happily serve under anyone the members choose to […]

Moderates and extremists: What is the Labour Left today?

by James Elliott.

The near-deafening media hysteria over Jeremy Corbyn, variously described as a ‘veteran’, ‘hard left’, and always ‘hirsute’ socialist candidate for Labour leader reached new levels this week, with Progress dragging out Tony Blair to tell 43% of the party that they needed a heart transplant if they want Corbyn to be leader. Owen Jones has […]

A Corbyn victory is not only possible, it is our only hope

by Andy Newman.

Let us be clear what the Tory welfare bill will mean. If the parents of more than two children are precipitated into claiming benefits through a change in circumstances, like redundancy, a partner leaving them or being bereaved, then their children will suffer. If you are a women with, say 4 children, in a violent abusive […]

Some comradely advice for Andy and Yvette

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

In a world that gave us Milifandom, should we be shocked that Jezmania has become a thing, that Camp Corbyn has powered ahead in YouGov’s poll of Labour members? Well, some of us are. And by ‘us’ I mean sections of the Parliamentary Labour Party and self-styled sensible people. You’ve had ex-Jim Murphy advisor John […]

The Blairites would prefer to bust the party rather than accept democratic choice

by Michael Meacher.

The arrogance and intolerance of the Blairites is breathtaking. Faced with the prospect of a runaway victory for Jeremy Corbyn who has come from repudiated outsider to front-runner in scarcely more than a month, their sole response is to prepare a coup against Corbyn if he is elected leader under the section 47 procedure of […]

Labour must again be a moral crusade or it is nothing

by Bryan Gould.

Nothing more starkly demonstrates the parlous state of the Labour Party than the failure of its leaders (and almost all of its would-be leaders) to resist cuts in benefits that will drive many thousands of the most vulnerable into deeper poverty and despair. No one prepared to look at the evidence can doubt that the […]

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