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Prevent – Time for a major review and fundamental rethink

by Diane Abbott.

By Diane Abbott MP Increasingly, the evidence is suggesting that the Government’s Prevent Strategy – aimed at countering radicalisation and making us safer – doesn’t work on either count. In recent weeks it has become clear that this is also the case when it comes to tackling the worrying rise in far-right extremism. Commenting on the […]

We Were their Flowers in the Dustbin: 40 Years of Anarchy in the UK

by Mark Perryman.

40 years ago today The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK was released. Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman remembers  For some of us of a certain age it still seems like yesterday. For others it is something to breathlessly boast to our children, or grandchildren, that yes, we were there. 26th November 1976, the Sex Pistols […]

Tim Roache calling on trade unionists to back Corbyn

by Andy Newman.

At this year’s Durham Miners’ Gala. GMB General Secretary, Tim Roache. “If we had had any of the other three candidates last year, we would have continued to lose all the millions of voters we have lost over the years. [Jeremy Corbyn] offers us an alternative, He offers us proud trade unionism. He offers us […]

Corbyn stays on the ballot, High Court rules

by Newsdesk.

The legal challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s right to be on the ballot automatically, from former Labour donor Michael Foster, was defeated in court yesterday. Justice Foskett ruled, in a 17-page judgment, that said the meaning, “seems to me to be entirely clear”, and that, “the Leader would not in that situation (where there is no […]

The bogus Bevanism of Owen Smith

by David Osland.

How deep the irony that invocation of Aneurin Bevan is all too often little more than a gesture of contentless radicalism, much in the manner of a faded Che Guevara poster ironically adorning the walls of an undergraduate hipster’s bedsit. To this day, Neil Kinnock’s curious penchant for upholding a one-time militant miners’ strike leader […]

The Labour Party kills satire

by Andy Newman.

Johnny Cash famously spent a night in jail in Starkville Mississippi for picking flowers. The Labour Party has recently achieved a similar level of ludicrous overreaction by suspending the award winning Irish poet, Kevin Higgins, for writing a satirical poem. Kevin is a renowned artist, whose work is discussed in Justin Quinn’s Cambridge Introduction to […]

The banana republic mentality of the Labour NEC

by David Osland.

When was the last time a mass social democratic party anywhere in the world was formally forbidden to meet? The best answer I can come up with is 1973, in the wake of the military takeover in Chile. Yet such is the surreal situation in which the Labour Party now finds itself. This, not as […]

How can I vote for Jeremy Corbyn?

by James Elliott.

Tuesday’s NEC meeting which ruled Jeremy Corbyn would be on the ballot without needing to seek further nominations also made a string of rule changes to make the contest harder for him. Chief among these are raising the cost of being a ‘registered supporter’ from just £3 to £25, shutting out those who cannot afford to […]

Putting members in charge of the Party: are we up to it?

by David Pavett.

I remember a television programme about the death penalty many years ago in which the Governor of a US state (I can’t remember which) said that the death penalty was supported by the majority of voters and that therefore it required no further justification. That is one view of democratic power and voting: the rule […]

The idiocy of Jeremy Hunt

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The arrogance and incompetence of the government was always going to catch them out. And in the unnecessary fight they picked with the British Medical Association, the Tories find their cruel cluelessness paraded in headlines and news bulletins. The decision by Jeremy Hunt, the sometime health secretary and full-time gimp, to impose a new contract […]

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