Posts under ‘Outside Left’

On the SWP and “uniting the Left”

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I was looking at my watch the other day and I remember thinking “it’s been a while since the Socialist Workers Party issued a ‘unite the left’ call.” And whaddya know, they’d already done it. My lefty trainspotting isn’t what it used to be.* From time to time the SWP like to go on unity […]

Jerry Hicks complaint against Unite thrown out

by Jon Lansman.

Far left challenger to Len McCluskey in last year’s election for Unite general Secretary, Jerry Hicks, has lost his formal legal challenge to the Government’s Certification Officer. Having lost by144,570 votes to 79,819 in spite of backing from sections of the Right and every disgruntled member, his objection has finally been thrown out after a year […]

Russell Brand, Narcissist and Comrade?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Russell Brand. Like many recovering Big Brother fans, I first encountered him on E4’s E-Forum, a side programme to Big Brother’s Little Brother, which in turn was an adjunct to the main event. But there was something about Brand that made him stand out even in those days. […]

New poll would give Syriza half the seats in Greek parliament

by Jon Lansman.

The latest opinion poll conducted by Palmos Analysis and published yesterday, records a 10.5% SYRIZA lead over the ruling right-wing New Democracy party, after don’t knows are excluded. This would be sufficient to give SYRIZA half the votes in the Greek parliament since seats are awarded in proportion to votes cast for all parties winning over […]

I voted Yes, but I won’t be joining the SNP

by Guest.

I am a Labour Party member who voted Yes in the independence referendum, but I won’t be joining the SNP or any other party. I voted Yes for a complex array of reasons and it was a close call. Partly out of despair over Westminster politics, not just current Tory policies, I expect them to […]

Britain Needs a Pay Rise: Demonstrate on 18 October

by Newsdesk.

Labour’s conference is over. We now need a Labour government but, just as important, we need a groundswell of opinion and activity against Austerity. On Saturday 18 October, hundreds of thousands of people will come together to demand an alternative to cuts, privatisation and falling living standards on the Britain Needs a Pay Rise national demonstration. […]

The far left: driven by self-interest not class interests on Scottish independence

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Were I still a Trotskyist, my position on the Scottish independence referendum would be determined by this set of questions: As America’s lapdog, key prop of international neoliberalism, meddler in foreign affairs, and cheerleader for market fundamentalism within the EU; would an independent Scotland severely diminish the UK’s influence? What are the social character of […]

March for the NHS

by Grahame Morris.

The NHS is firmly on the Road to Privatisation. The promise to protect the NHS and to halt any top down reorganisation lasted up until the point David Cameron became Prime Minister. Without any mandate David Cameron undertook the largest top down reorganisation since the foundation of the NHS, laying the framework for the whole […]

Why the Great War was not stopped

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

A century on and the establishment are still soft-soaping it. So no Dave, no. Britain didn’t declare war against Germany for the sake of poor little Belgium, the rights of small nations or for the defence of neutrality. Those then groaning under the weight of our empire might have had a thing or two to say […]

Why BBC News ignored the People’s Assembly march

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

By any common sense measure, a large protest ambling through London should be big news. The Graun covered it. Twitter was all over it. And yet, the many thousands who turned out on the People’s Assembly March Against Austerity got nary a mention on BBC News bulletins. All it merited was a postage stamp of an article on the website. And […]

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