Posts under ‘Politics’

After Corbyn: Lessons from Scottish Young Labour conference

by Alistair Craig.

Youth politics can be miserable. The culture in NUS and Labour Students is particularly toxic and it is to blame for a generation of jaded and cynical young activists. The student movement no longer churns out leaders like Dutschke, Wilkerson, or Hayden. It’s understandable then that socialists are reluctant to engage in youth politics. The […]

On the doors in Stoke Central

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Hoping for another sunny, balmy Saturday was too much to ask for. As Labour’s canvassing teams went door-to-door in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election last week, it was under clear skies and dry weather. Those same teams today went out in biting cold and a snow so desultory it couldn’t be arsed to leave even a light sprinkling. […]

Energy for the 21st century, part I: fossil-fuels, renewables and nuclear

by Chris MacMackin.

With the exception of Arthur Scargill, most on the Left agree that the days of fossil fuels must soon come to an end. We all know that it would be environmental catastrophe to revive the coal industry. We have to wean ourselves off coal and other fossil fuels but what will take their place? The […]

Let’s Unite the left for Len

by Andy Newman.

Even taking account the advantages of incumbency, the momentum, dynamism and confidence of Len McCluskey’s campaign to be re-elected General Secretary of Unite stands in sharp contrast to the lacklustre efforts of the right wing challenger, Gerard Coyne, and the amateur hour theatrics of the “grassroots” candidate, Ian Allinson. What stands out is not only that Len can point […]

What’s the scandal at Surrey County Council?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Local government finance isn’t the sexiest subject in politics, but it should be right up there. Councils provide the services and maintain the infrastructure all our communities, whether heavily urbanised or scattered across the countryside, depend on. And the demented cuts the government have foisted on councils have stripped services to the bone, and most […]

We’re leaving the EU – not Europe

by Bryan Gould.

Amidst all the wailing and tearing of hair and gnashing of teeth on the part of those who bemoan the UK’s decision to set its own course with Brexit, how many of those who regret the apparent breach with “Europe” have paused to consider the real identity of the “Europe” they seem to hold so […]

Support Labour Left candidates for the CAC and NCC

by James Elliott.

Left Futures is supporting the following candidates for Labour’s Conference Arrangements Committee and National Constitutional Committee, elected later this year. It is of huge importance to the left in the party that we gain control of these bodies, which control the conference agenda and disciplinary procedures, respectively. The candidates below were selected by the Centre […]

Why the Tories’ White Paper will do nothing to solve the housing crisis

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Housing is a major sticking point for the Tories. They know it, we know it, and the public know it too. On their watch, first with their LibDem friends and now alone with a majority thinner than a major donor’s tax return, the bottom fell out of the house building figures. Cash strapped councils made poorer by […]

Opposing Trump can unite the left after Brexit

by Andy Newman.

David Frum’s article in The Atlantic “How to Build an Autocracy” not surprisingly gained a great deal of attention because of the all too plausible way that it highlighted how the constitutional checks and balances of the US political system can fail, if those whose job is to exercise those checks and balances instead find […]

Save our NHS!

by Matt Willgress.

The crisis in the NHS has reached a new level in recent weeks, yet Teresa May and Jeremy Hunt are burying their head in the sand, even criticising the Red Cross for declaring a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the NHS, with the Prime Minister saying the claims were “irresponsible.” As Labour activists, we need to be […]

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