Posts under ‘Labour’

Why the Left must stop talking about ‘Zionism’

by Jon Lansman.

There is every justification for talking about the rights of Palestinians, for campaigning against the profound injustice that has been done to them and for criticising the actions and policies of the Israeli government but there is no defence for antisemitism, whoever makes the accusation. As the Jewish Socialists’ Group (JSG) has rightly argued, “accusations of antisemitism are […]

Putting “Labour’s problem with antisemitism” into context

by Newsdesk.

The following statement has been issued by the Jewish Socialist’s Group: Antisemitism exists and must be exposed and fought against in the same way as other forms of racism by all who are concerned with combating racism and fascism. Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not the same. Zionism is a political ideology which has always been […]

Putting members in charge of the Party: are we up to it?

by David Pavett.

I remember a television programme about the death penalty many years ago in which the Governor of a US state (I can’t remember which) said that the death penalty was supported by the majority of voters and that therefore it required no further justification. That is one view of democratic power and voting: the rule […]

A Sikh perspective on antisemitism and Zionism

by Katy Sian.

Speaking as a Sikh woman and also as an academic who has written, studied, and campaigned for racial equality and social justice, it has been somewhat troubling to hear the Labour Party standing accused of antisemitism. It has been particularly surprising that Jeremy Corbyn has been associated with the alleged rise of antisemitism, this despite […]

Keep it Co-op and ensure a strong voice for cooperatives in politics

by Jeremy Corbyn.

The Co-operative movement has a long and proud history in this country, working to build a society where wealth and power are shared. I have been a supporter of the Co-op all my life. Co-operators are pioneers, as they were when they founded it, whether on fairtrade or now tax justice. I believe the movement […]

Implausibility of a “Social Europe”

by Danny Nicol.

Even the dogs on the streets know that David Cameron’s EU “reforms” are pitiful.  Indeed, even he no longer mentions them.  So why assume that reforming the EU into a “real Social Europe” is any more feasible?   It’s when one examines the constitutional obstacles to reform that one realises that the whole idea just doesn’t […]

Porn, fags and Big Macs: Labour and the ethics of business donations

by David Osland.

Back in 2002, New Labour accepted a £100,000 donation from Daily Express proprietor Richard Desmond, a man who made his original fortune from printing pornographic publications under such lurid titles as The Very Best of Mega Boobs and – hey, let’s not be squeamish, because Blair certainly wasn’t – Spunk Loving Sluts. Questioned on the issue, […]

Labour and the Big Mac: Snobbery or principle?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What kind of company should be allowed to have a corporate stand at Labour Party conference? Should all-comers be taken provided they stump up the readies, or as a minimum are they expected to subscribe to a set of standards around employment relations, trade union recognition, and ethical practices (whatever they are)? I ask because […]

How ‘liberal’ should Labour be?

by Mike Phipps.

“It is simply no longer possible to be disabled and a Tory, says angry activist,” was the Guardian’s headline about Graeme Ellis, who ran the Conservative Disability Group website until March’s budget, when he closed it down and denounced Osborne’s cuts to disability benefits. He has now applied to join the Labour Party. Over the […]

Corbyn’s speech: We need a democratic, anti-austerity, reformed European Union

by Jeremy Corbyn.

This is the text of Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the Senate House in London this morning The people of this country face a historic choice on 23 June whether to remain part of the European Union, or to leave. I welcome the fact that that decision is now in the hands of the British people. Indeed, […]

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