Posts under ‘Politics’

What will happen in the Stoke Central by-election?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Finally, here’s the third installment on the Stoke-on-Trent politics special. We’ve spoken about Tristram Hunt’s career in The Potteries, and we’ve turned our attention to the local scene. Now it’s time to go all Mystic Meg and break out the politics astrology charts. For which party do the stars align? Labour have got to be the favourites. Stoke-on-Trent […]

A Left Economic Strategy for Labour – putting meat on the bones

by John Penny and Danny Nicol.

Left Futures recently published an article of mine, Labour needs to rediscover comprehensive economic planning, in which I argued that Labour, and the radical Left generally, needed to rediscover the centrality of the need for a comprehensive Left Economic Programme both as a core policy offer for Labour, and as a guide and implementation tool […]

Your guide to the Stoke Central by-election

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This is the second post I promised about Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke Labour, and all things Stoke. If you want to read a short, potted political biography of Tristram Hunt’s time in The Potteries, here’s where you need to go. There’s going to be a third part too. This will address the prospects of the parties (a […]

How not to win an election

by David Pavett.

The only way for a divided party to win an election is if the other main contender for government is even more divided. Banking on that would clearly be the strategy of an idiot. Given that, the events of Tuesday 10th January are a cause for concern. We all know that the media is ever […]

Goodbye to Tristram

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It was nice for Stoke-on-Trent to make the news for something other than footy and the BNP. Less nice that it was my constituency party and my MP at the centre of it. Yes, as the world and its uncle now knows, Tristram Hunt is resigning the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat to take up the leadership of the Victoria & […]

Developments on the European Left

by Peter Rowlands.

It is not altogether surprising that Corbyn’s intention to hold a conference of socialist and progressive parties to discuss Brexit, in London announced in February in October and December last year, has been met with little comment. He made the announcement to the PES which is the Party of European Socialists, an umbrella group of […]

What is Corbynism?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

We have a good idea what “physical” Corbynism is: it’s a movement. Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, it has swollen in size to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new members. These huge numbers cannot be laid at the door of the “usual suspect” activist community, let alone the thinning ranks of British […]

Democracy is what’s missing

by Bryan Gould.

Simon Wren-Lewis, with whom I usually have little difficulty in agreeing, has published a blog in recent days in which he explains why, in his (and others’) views, it is impossible to play a full part in the global economy – in other words, to enjoy free trade – while maintaining the full powers of […]

The Dirty Politics of a Clean Brexit

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

We’re used to the Leave campaign lying. They made stuff up during the referendum campaign, and there’s no let up even during the Christmas holidays. Change Britain is a “cross-party” outfit active across all the main social media platforms, and it made a bit of a splash today with its report doubling down on the notorious and […]

Campaign for Socialism candidates Scottish Executive Committee elections

by Newsdesk.

Campaign for Socialism is encouraging all members and supporters to back the below candidates in the upcoming Scottish Executive Committee election. Ballots will start arriving (mostly by email) from the start of January. To help in an individual’s campaign for the SEC, you can contact them directly on the email below.

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