Posts under ‘Uncategorized’

Ex-Labour ex-MP Tom Harris raises the Confederate flag

by David Osland.

Sigmund Freud used the term ‘projection’ to describe what happens when human beings deny unpleasant impulses in themselves and attribute them to others instead. And to judge by the mindset of the Labour right at the moment, the cocaine-addled Viennese headshrink may have had a point. Corbyn wants to mount a ‘purge’, they repeatedly charge. […]

Andrew Fisher v the thought police

by David Osland.

OK OK, describing the Labour front bench as ‘the most abject collection of complete shite’ scarcely ranks among the more cogent critiques of social democracy known to the annals of political theory. Indeed, it’s not even possible to dress the words up as a bumbled attempt at blokey approbation. But to start booting party members […]

Corbymania and Momentum

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Not being totally on the ball, I missed last week’s announcement that supporters of Jeremy’s successful leadership bid had declared their own organisation: Momentum. And now I’m over my curmudgeonly curmudgeonness, I’m going to take this opportunity to welcome it as a good thing. It can go some way to addressing the “problem” of the […]

The state of the unions today

by Andy Newman.

There is no doubt that the election of a majority Conservative government in May was a considerable setback for working people. Under Ed Miliband, the Labour Party were proposing a number of positive reforms to employment law that would have improved rights at work, and tackled some of the more pernicious and exploitative aspects of […]

Paul Kenny – a hard act to follow

by Andy Newman.

The scenes at GMB Congress last week in Dublin were electrifyingly emotional when General Secretary, Paul Kenny, announced that there would be an election for General Secretary, but that he could not commit to another five years. The affection that activists hold for PK meant that when the news that many of us were expecting […]

Trade union shows how not to consult its members on London Mayoralty

by Jon Lansman.

So far the selection of the candidate for London Mayor has left much to be desired. A selection process was imposed on London that no section of the party in London wanted – not the trade unions, not the constituency parties, not the regional board of the party. Then the process was designed as if […]

New TUC polling on voter attitudes

by Andy Newman.

The TUC are today publishing vital polling information, which throws light on the areas where Labour needs to improve, if we are to win the next election. The polling was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of the TUC, straight after the election. The findings are available as interactive graphs, allowing users to compare different […]

Chuka seeks to “weaponise” Swindon

by Andy Newman.

Chuka Umunna’s odd decision to launch his leadership bid with an embarrassingly amateur video filmed in Swindon may come back to haunt him. It is hard to disagree with Dan Hodges’s assessment at the Telegraph that: Formally announcing his candidature via a Facebook video filmed in the centre of Swindon, it was pretty obvious what Umunna […]

Public Inquiry needed – was backlisting extended into the NHS?

by Andy Newman.

GMB has revealed evidence  that there was a plan to extend blacklisting into NHS in 2005. There needs to be an inquiry whether this plan was put into effect. Blacklisting in the construction industry came to light when in 2009 the ICO seized The Consulting Association (TCA) database of 3,213 construction workers and environmental activists used by […]

If everything’s going so well George, why don’t we feel any better off?

by Michael Calderbank.

According to George Osborne, there is no cost of living crisis.  For the millionaire ex-public schoolboys around the cabinet table, with their friends in Notting Hill and the Square Mile, this is no doubt true. But millions of people across Britain know from experience that it’s been harder to make ends meet following the financial […]

© 2015 Left Futures | Powered by WordPress | theme originated from PrimePress by Ravi Varma