Posts under ‘Outside Left’

The Labour left: why we must stay

by Ben Sellers.

When I read Michael Chessum’s piece in the New Statesman, I felt the immediate need to respond. Not because I was outraged, but because I think he has hit on a crucial debate about where the Labour left have been and where we go next. I’m sure that virtually every socialist in the party has […]

4000 UK Uncut members in mass civil disobedience tomorrow in central London

by Newsdesk.

UK Uncut is planning a spectacular act of mass disobedience opposing austerity in central London tomorrow, with over 4,000 people expected to attend. Precise details of the action are being kept under wraps, but the group has promised bold, exciting and creative direct action at a prominent location. Protests are also being held in a […]

In Spain, election results are good news

by Mike Phipps.

“Spain’s indignados made the move from city squares to the halls of power on Sunday in municipal and regional elections that saw an anti-poverty activist elected as mayor of Barcelona and the ruling People’s Party (PP) battered at the ballot box,” reports the Guardian. Elections in thirteen regions and more than 8,000 municipalities saw sweeping […]

Worst election result ever? TUSC gets zero votes

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

After getting routinely thumped by the Elvis Loves Pets party in the Eastleigh by-election, where else can your vote go except … down?

The general election unspun: the view of a media guerrilla

by John Millington.

John Millington says he feels like a media guerrilla, with limited resources and guile, trying to amplify a small yet vital voice within the mainstream media. Alarm blaring out, birds singing cheerily and the soft tones of John Humphries of R4 fame will soon be filling the room with the news of the day. This is […]

General election 2015: far left candidates – the definitive list

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I just know you’ve been waiting for this: the combined list of far left candidates for the 2015 general election – so far. For once you can believe the hype. This could well be their biggest election challenge ever with 215 candidates – the last time they came close was 2001 off the back of […]

Who are you calling a Red Tory?

by Ben Sellers.

There’s a glorious and comforting myth doing the rounds on the left. It’s like warm milk and honey to those who like their politics black and white, with little or no space for any grey. It goes a bit like this: the Labour left offered no opposition to Blairism north and south of the Border. […]

A response to “I didn’t leave the Labour Party, the Labour Party left me”

by Ben Sellers.

I write this, not as a response to Jack Monroe, who announced that she’d left the Labour Party to join the Greens this week, but as a response to the many hundreds of good, socialists activists who have left the Labour Party over the years. It’s not meant as a rebuke, but merely to ask some […]

On the folly of yearning for the Pasokification of Labour

by David Osland.

Not a few superannuated Bennites, and indeed anybody who prefers their social democracy served straight no chaser, will be entirely entranced by Greek politics right now. Here, for the first time in three decades, is a leftwing European government locked into a collision course with neoliberalism. Circumstances specific to that country have enabled Syriza to win […]

What has Left unity got to do with winning elections?

by Jon Lansman.

The new left party which sees itself as the sister party of Syriza, has revealed its election strategy. Left Unity had already publicly pledged not to clash with other anti-austerity candidates in the general election, whether they are anti-austerity candidates of the Labour Left or from other left organisations to the left of Labour. Now they say they […]

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