Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Economic Strategy’

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 […]

Two Eds and the fallacy of being “tough” – even if it costs more

by Jon Lansman.

This is Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour’s national policy forum in Birmingham on Saturday. You can also read it here. The tough message is because when George Osborne stands up next week and announces his cuts in day to day spending, we won’t be able to promise now to reverse them because we can only […]

Why do we have ‘austerity’ and what is the alternative?

by Michael Burke.

The national launch of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity is a very welcome development. It brings together a number of the largest unions, anti-cuts group and political forces both inside and outside the Labour Party in opposition to austerity policies. Many will have been drawn into active opposition to government policies because a single aspect of them, […]

Ed needs to work out where disunity comes from, and let the party decide its direction

by Jon Lansman.

It is true that “Len McCluskey does not speak for the Labour Party” as Ed Miliband’s spokesperson put it last night. Nor (anymore) do Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, Alan Milburn, David Blunkett, John Reid, or Tessa Jowell, who have between them been subjecting Ed to persistent attacks, without regard to the impending local elections. But the unnamed shadow […]

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