Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Economic Strategy’

Why public investment is falling

by Michael Burke.

The level of public investment is falling in most of the advanced industrialised economies including Britain. The chart below appeared in the Financial Times and has attracted some publicity because it shows this decline in the US in stark terms.

Attlee and Thatcher transformed Britain. Ed Miliband is next in line

by Ken Livingstone.

Out of every great crisis comes some recognition that the old order has failed. As a result there is an opportunity to create an entirely new way of doing things. For most people alive in Britain today the two prime ministers who radically altered British society were Clement Attlee and Margaret Thatcher. One remade Britain […]

Roll back the State? No – We must roll back Austerity

by Katy Clark.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer was recently heralding a 0.8 per cent increase in gross domestic product as a recovery. Growth of any amount should not be attacked in the context of the longest recession since the Victorian era. However growth of this level is pitiful, and no sign that the government’s policies are working or that […]

Report of Class Conference 2013

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What is it about train journeys to and from London that are so tiring? No matter. Your humble scribe made the trek down the track for the first annual conference of the Centre for Labour And Social Studies. That’s Class to you and me. And, as you might expect, there was a smorgasbord of left, trade union […]

Breadline Britain needs alternatives to austerity

by Cat Smith.

October is traditionally the time of year we collect for harvest festivals. Now the message going out from many churches and community groups is to collect for local food banks. It is indeed a sign of the times. The boom in food banks has been well documented by many writers in Tribune and other publications. […]

Unions show Labour how to win

by Ben Folley.

With less than twenty months to go before the general election this week’s TUC helped Labour focus public attention on the damage being wrought by the Tory – Lib Dem coalition. Unions spent their week at TUC Congress directing their fire against the government, concentrating on the issues of wide public concern; living standards, wages, […]

Review: The State We Need by Michael Meacher

by Patrick Diamond.

The State We Need: Keys to the Renaissance of Britain by Michael Meacher can be ordered here at £14 including postage Michael Meacher has produced a readable and thought-provoking volume which raises a host of issues that ought to be widely debated and aired on the radical left of centre in British politics. The book […]

Recovery? Who wants a recovery of neoliberal capitalism?

by Michael Meacher.

Since the last world war, now 70 years ago, there have been only two seismic events in the West which have changed the course of politics. One was the counter-revolution at the end of the 1970s against Keynesian economics and social democracy, and that ushered in the free market fundamentalism that dominated the Western economies […]

What’s Labour’s answer to the Tory line of attack?

by Michael Meacher.

“Labour left behind a dreadful economic mess; it’s been painful for everyone the way we had to deal with it; but the policy’s working and we’ve turned the corner; so do we really want back the people who caused it in the first place?” It’s clear that’s going to be the Tory mantra right up […]

Labour leaders and intellectual self-confidence

by Bryan Gould.

The outstanding feature of the political scene over recent decades has been the catastrophic loss of the left’s intellectual self-confidence. It has been particularly marked in the UK and reached its most extreme form with New Labour; as I observed at the time, the short three-letter word with a capital ‘N’ was meant to convey […]

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