Posts under ‘Politics’

Democracy is what’s missing

by Bryan Gould.

Simon Wren-Lewis, with whom I usually have little difficulty in agreeing, has published a blog in recent days in which he explains why, in his (and others’) views, it is impossible to play a full part in the global economy – in other words, to enjoy free trade – while maintaining the full powers of […]

The Dirty Politics of a Clean Brexit

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

We’re used to the Leave campaign lying. They made stuff up during the referendum campaign, and there’s no let up even during the Christmas holidays. Change Britain is a “cross-party” outfit active across all the main social media platforms, and it made a bit of a splash today with its report doubling down on the notorious and […]

Campaign for Socialism candidates Scottish Executive Committee elections

by Newsdesk.

Campaign for Socialism is encouraging all members and supporters to back the below candidates in the upcoming Scottish Executive Committee election. Ballots will start arriving (mostly by email) from the start of January. To help in an individual’s campaign for the SEC, you can contact them directly on the email below.

What is the National Policy Forum Doing? The Case of Education

by David Pavett.

The National Policy Forum (NPF) is the body where Labour Party Policy is developed (or so the LP Rulebook tells us). It presents reports to Labour’s Annual Conference each year and these are supposed to be the basis for Labour’s next election manifesto. The first thing to be said is that, if the talk within […]

Martyn Cook reports from November’s National Policy Forum

by Martyn Cook.

Despite having been elected to the NPF as a Scotland CLP rep in 2015, the first full NPF meeting only took place on the 19th and 20th of November in Loughborough. It was a very general meeting and was more focussed on identifying priority issues for the coming months and years. This report is therefore […]

What Lies Behind the Brexit Vote?

by Bryan Gould.

I am proud to be a sixth-generation New Zealander. But I am also gratefully aware of my British heritage. All eight of the families of my great grandparents came to New Zealand, from England, Scotland and Wales, and had settled here by the mid-nineteenth century. I had the pleasure of returning to the UK as […]

Unite General Secretary election: Who is Ian Allinson?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Here’s another election we can look forward to: the position of General Secretary in my union, Unite. The incumbent, Len McCluskey has announced his intention to stand down next year, effectively calling a by-election. If he’s victorious, it will allow him to serve out a full term before he heads off into retirement some time […]

Labour needs to rediscover comprehensive economic planning

by John Penny.

In his barnstorming 2015 and 2016 Labour Leadership campaigns Jeremy Corbyn outlined a series of, very enthusiastically received policy offers of a distinctly left Keynesian, anti-austerity hue. These proposals ranged from renationalising the railways, to fully re-nationalising and refunding the NHS, establishing a universal free national education service, nationalising key utilities, controlling the banks more […]

Free movement: Labour’s great non-debate

by David Pavett.

Nothing illustrates better the ideological and policy differences at all levels of the Labour Party than the contradictory opinions being offered on the issue of free movement. The Shadow Home Secretary (Diane Abbott) says free movement is essential. She has even said “Ending free movement has become a synonym for anti-immigrant racism”. The Shadow Brexit […]

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t perfect – but he’s the leader we need right now

by David Osland.

As the new old proverb has it, you can gift the British left its best opportunities in a generation, but you can’t make it take advantage of them. The hugely-publicised recent bust-ups in Momentum, complemented by Peter Tatchell’s spiteful and vindictive self-promotion stunt over the weekend, highlight an almost palpable death wish that seems to […]

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