Posts under ‘Politics’

Do we lack ideology within the Labour Party?

by Scott Nicholson.

I recently heard about a working paper that Eliane Glaser had written for the New Economics Foundation. In this Glaser writes about neoliberalism, how she feels politicians and the media reject political ideology as no longer relevant to our pragmatic political culture and about grassroots political alternatives. What interests me, is what this means for […]

Now Chuka Umunna accepts £2,500 from tax dodger advisers

by Jon Lansman.

As is reported in the Times (£) today, Labour’s shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna,  accepted and received a fortnight ago a donation of £2,500 for the running of his personal office from chartered tax advisers Signature Tax whose website describes its services as “a progressive tax planning boutique delivering tailored tax solutions to individuals and organisations internationally“. According to their website, […]

Scotland and the risks of independence to EU membership

by Andy Newman.

The referendum process for possible Scottish independence reveals some of the best and worst aspects of Britain’s political culture. The potential withdrawal of Scotland from the UK would bring to an end a constitutional settlement that has endured for more than 300 years, and yet the commitment towards constitutionality has meant not only that the […]

The spectrum of misogyny

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Consider three separate, seemingly unconnected incidents that have risen to media prominence recently. The horrifying, systematic attacks on mainly white girls by gangs of Pakistani paedophiles in Rotherham. The abuse meted out to Zoe Quinn, a US video game developer and author of Depression Quest. The theft of naked photos from the social media accounts of prominent Hollywood stars, including A-listers […]

The six most popular stories last month

by Newsdesk.

Since some of you may have been lucky enough to get a holiday in August, you may have missed something. Like the six most popular stories on Left Futures last month, for example: The plot to topple Berlusconi - Berlusconi may be no friend of ours but you may still be disturbed by Tom Gill’s tale of […]

Chuka Umunna takes on the Blair mantle

by Jon Lansman.

Most newspapers and the BBC this morning carried a story based an in interview with Chuka Umunna in GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) – “Brown ‘cuts’ denials hurt Labour’s credibility” as BBC News put it. As I write this, the issue of GQ is not yet out (as I embarrassingly discovered after wasting £2.50 on the September issue) […]

BAME representation: “community leaders” or genuine advocates?

by Lizzy Ali.

Back in the 1980s, a new generation of radical black leaders like Bernie Grant and Sharon Atkin emerged in the Labour Party, determined not only to increase minority representation, but also to commit the Party to socialist policies. The struggle for Black Sections took place against the backdrop of uprisings within the inner cities in […]

Dirty politics down under

by Bryan Gould.

Two weeks ago we carried a piece entitled New Zealand’s Nixon by Bryan Gould about the practitioners of “attack politics … whose natural milieu is the cesspit” and one New Zealand National party (i.e. conservative) politician in particular. This week she resigned in disgrace. Judith Collins’ resignation has, it is suggested in some quarters, allowed a line […]

Labour’s economic policy – a lingering attachment to austerity

by Peter Kenyon.

There was nothing subtle about economic policy under New Labour. ‘We are getting into bed with business‘. Fingers to the hoi polloi. ‘You’ve got nowhere else to go‘. People in their millions voted blindly for it in 1997. A significant proportion got wise by 2001 and placed their ‘X’ elsewhere or decided ‘None of the […]

Rushing into new anti-extremist powers has a troublesome history

by Michael Meacher.

Here we go again. The undoubted threat represented by ISIS and the return of its recruits to the UK is leading to calls for new banning orders for extremist groups, new civil powers to target extremists, and measures to target persons even when they have actually not broken the law. It has also led to […]

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