Posts under ‘Politics’

Brazil: Temer’s Terrible Ten Policies

by Patrick Foley.

The last six months in Brazil have seen an immense upheaval of society since the removal of Dilma Rousseff. A spiralling corruption investigation, controversial impeachment, mass protests, growing strikes and an Olympic games held in Rio in the backdrop of an economic recession have led to a tumultuous year. Anger is running high at the newly […]

Corbyn sets out economic vision in speech to British businesses

by Newsdesk.

Jeremy Corbyn set out his economic vision to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) yesterday, in a speech that focused on using the state to encourage and promote entrepreneurship. Arguing that Labour had “plenty of common ground with the CBI”, he said the party was “open to change”:

Why has Labour endorsed the 40p tax cut?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Tax cuts for the better off, isn’t that the kind of thing associated with the Conservatives? Blair-era Labour? Not of the present radicalparty leadership, surely. What with their desire to nationalise afternoon tea and issue pig iron production edicts. And yet, in 2016’s tradition of politics taking unexpected turns, that is exactly what’s happened. Has the party […]

Whatever happened to Trident?

by David Pavett.

Among the reasons for concern that Labour has still not broken with its tradition of forming policy out of sight of party members, and with scant concern for their views, is the handling of policy on Trident. Our ‘independent nuclear deterrent’ became something of an iconic issue for the left and a subject where the left […]

The Implications of Trump

by Bryan Gould.

Americans are a funny lot.  For them, it seems, celebrity trumps all.  They have elected as President someone whose personal qualities and attitudes would disqualify him, in most democracies, from membership of a school board. But that is too simple a message.  The Trump victory conveys a wider and deeper message – because Donald Trump got […]

Sandinistas win the Nicaraguan elections with overwhelming majority

by Helen Yuill.

Helen Yuill, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group, www.nicaraguasc.org.uk Twitter: @NSCAG_UK Elections took place in Nicaragua on 6 November for the Presidency, 90 National Assembly, and 20 Nicaraguan members of the Central American parliament. Preliminary results based on the count from 66% of the polling stations give the FSLN 72.1% of the vote. The highest votes […]

After Donald Trump, Corbynism?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

You know that dark cloud shading into fascist brown accumulating above the White House? It’s pretty frightening, so it’s entirely normal and expected for some to (desperately?) discern a silver tinge its edges. One of them is superstar economist Yanis Varoufakis, who suggests Trump’s election signals a new wave of change. Coming from a similar, but […]

Calls for East End Labour MP’s suspension after racism row

by Keith Wright.

A Labour MP has faced calls for his suspension following remarks that allegedly breach the guidelines on racism within the Labour party set out by its recent review. Jim Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar and Limehouse, dismissed an ongoing debate in his local party about selecting candidates as the “same old worst of Bengali politics” […]

Who are “the left behind”?

by Tom O Leary.

Following the Brexit vote here and the victory of Trump in the US Presidential election there has been much ill-informed discussion of the ‘left behind’, sometimes spuriously described as the white working class who have not benefitted from rising living standards, or even globalisation in general. It is not the purpose of this article to […]

Why was a fascist on the Andrew Marr Show?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

When it comes to fascists and the far right, giving them air time is a decision that should not be made lightly. If they are to appear, they should be rigorously challenged and forced to defend themselves. Anything less just gives them an opportunity to push their propaganda. When I learned that Andrew Marr was […]

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