Posts under ‘Politics’

The left should place its trust in democracy – not in leadership candidates

by Jon Lansman.

After the catastrophic defeat by the SNP in Scotland and the extremely disappointing results in England and Wales, Labour needed a period of debate and reflection about what went wrong and what to do about it. What we have instead is a leadership (and deputy leadership) election. Do not expect an election to provide the […]

After the debacle: why Welsh Labour should work with Plaid Cymru

by Nick Davies.

The election result was terrible  for Wales. If five years of self-defeating, poverty creating state-shrinking austerity from the coalition was bad enough, five more years of the Tories governing alone will be worse. The assault on the public sector threatens thousands of Welsh jobs, the £12 billion in ‘welfare’ cuts will make life even more […]

On the resignation of Jim Murphy

by Guest.

The following statement was published yesterday on Revitalise Scottish Labour, the website associated with the trade union left in Scotland and Scottish Labour activists involved in the Campaign for Socialism Today’s Scottish Executive (SEC) was, to put it mildly, something out of the ordinary. The meeting was presented with a report on the general election that […]

Smoke me a Kipper

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Was going to blog about the doings at Stoke Council but the unfolding train wreck around UKIP’s leadership has coloured me interested. For once I was looking forward to Nigel Farage’s appearance on Question Time. Looking back the one prediction I got right about political developments this year was this: There will be a little bit of drop off [in UKIP support] […]

What should we look for in choosing a new leader?

by Michael Meacher.

Some of the reasons put forward in the papers for supporting leadership contenders are just plain daft: ‘he can look the part’ or ‘he’s up to the job’ – not even ranking style over substance can justify such silly comments. But it’s all part of the digital age that presentation in a 1-minute television clip […]

The defeat of Scottish Labour – post rational politics or shifting plates?

by Neil Findlay.

So it wasn’t a tsunami, earthquake, tidal wave or landslide – it was all of them and as many other cataclysmic metaphors as you want to throw in. Scottish Labour was obliterated at the polls with majorities in the 10’s and 20’s of thousands wiped out at a stroke with only Ian Murray left clinging […]

Labour’s new MPs call for party to ditch New Labour and oppose austerity

by Guest.

Ten newly-elected first-time Labour MPs this morning issued a call for the party to take on a bold anti-austerity agenda: Having arrived in Westminster as newly-elected Labour MPs after speaking to tens of thousands of voters during our election campaigns, we know how important it is for the future of our Party to move forward […]

If you think Ed Miliband was too leftwing you weren’t paying attention

by Diane Abbott.

It is alarming how quickly the myth has taken hold that Ed Miliband lost the general election because he was too “leftwing”. On the one hand, it might seem a reasonable guess at all the reasons for our failure. Miliband is, after all, the son of one of the 20th century’s most distinguished Marxist academics. But in […]

Labour’s SNP Lessons

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The cataclysm came and Scottish Labour was obliterated. There are calls for Jim Murphy to go, calls that should be heeded for the good of the party. Yet what exactly happened in Scotland? We’ve visited some of the reasons, but there are wider points Labour needs to take on board from the SNP’s success that are […]

Aspiration for all would be fine, but neither the Tories nor the Blairites will deliver it

by Michael Meacher.

The Tory manifesto was artfully targeted at making everyone a weeny bit richer, and some a lot richer. It offered to raise the income tax threshold to £12,500 (though the rich get more from that than the poor), to lower tax on those on the minimum wage, to raise the higher rate income tax threshold […]

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