Posts under ‘Social Affairs’

Why the Left must stop talking about ‘Zionism’

by Jon Lansman.

There is every justification for talking about the rights of Palestinians, for campaigning against the profound injustice that has been done to them and for criticising the actions and policies of the Israeli government but there is no defence for antisemitism, whoever makes the accusation. As the Jewish Socialists’ Group (JSG) has rightly argued, “accusations of antisemitism are […]

Putting “Labour’s problem with antisemitism” into context

by Newsdesk.

The following statement has been issued by the Jewish Socialist’s Group: Antisemitism exists and must be exposed and fought against in the same way as other forms of racism by all who are concerned with combating racism and fascism. Antisemitism and anti-Zionism are not the same. Zionism is a political ideology which has always been […]

Theresa May’s leadership bid

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As the EU referendum battle gets nasty and Tory tears lumps out of Tory, spare a thought for the chancellor and the London mayor. At times these last six months, both men have had reason to believe their careers are sloping upwards. Number 10 has conceivably been in reach, but their grip on political gravity […]

A Sikh perspective on antisemitism and Zionism

by Katy Sian.

Speaking as a Sikh woman and also as an academic who has written, studied, and campaigned for racial equality and social justice, it has been somewhat troubling to hear the Labour Party standing accused of antisemitism. It has been particularly surprising that Jeremy Corbyn has been associated with the alleged rise of antisemitism, this despite […]

Explaining the election of Malia Bouattia

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What to make of the election of Malia to the presidency of the National Union of Students? Well, the political establishment are pretty clear about the opinions every right-thinking person should have. “Malia Bouattia’s election as NUS president proves deeply divisive“, says The Graun. “Disaffiliation threat could leave NUS facing a financial blackhole“, The HuffPo […]

Implausibility of a “Social Europe”

by Danny Nicol.

Even the dogs on the streets know that David Cameron’s EU “reforms” are pitiful.  Indeed, even he no longer mentions them.  So why assume that reforming the EU into a “real Social Europe” is any more feasible?   It’s when one examines the constitutional obstacles to reform that one realises that the whole idea just doesn’t […]

Taxation – challenging everyday libertarianism

by Maria Exall.

In his Left Futures article on the 7th April, Intense Relaxation, David Osland took John McTernan to task for advocating tax avoidance as a ‘basic British freedom’ and for making reference to the political theorist Robert Nozick and his argument for freedom from taxation in Anarchy, State and Power (Basic Books, 1974). The ideological libertarianism […]

Nationwide Building Society and Stephen Uden’s “Invisible People”

by Andy Newman.

UPDATE: Since writing this article I was sent a link via Twitter from the Nationwide Building Society Press office, denying the story. Nationwide say: The GMB’s accusation is disappointing, surprising and, quite frankly, wrong.  We have not asked our partners Carillion to reduce the hours of its employees. So let me confirm what I know […]

Winning elections and the leaseholder vote

by Dermot Mckibbin.

Leasehold tenure is unique to England and Wales. Nearly all of the English speaking world have moved away from this feudal relic. The housing problems of leaseholders are seldom discussed within Labour party circles. It was not mentioned in the 2015 Labour Party manifesto. Nor has the Housing and Planning Bill currently before Parliament addressed […]

Is George Osborne finished?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

They seek him here, they seek him there. Those lobby hacks seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive … Chancellor of the Exchequer. Okay, so my reworked rhyme lifted from the Scarlet Pimpernel doesn’t work. But neither do Osborne’s sums, so all is balanced in the world. […]

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