Posts Tagged ‘EU’

Why I shall vote to remain in the EU

by Ann Pettifor.

Back in 1975 I did not just oppose membership of the EU, I actively campaigned against it. In the 1990s I strongly opposed Britain’s membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). My opposition to the Labour leadership’s support for ERM helped ensure that I did not get chosen as Parliamentary candidate at the time. I […]

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 […]

The growth of movements for real change have been a long time coming

by Steve Turner.

Last week Tony Blair professed bafflement at the rise – on both sides of the Atlantic – of popular movements by people who in Blair’s view choose to “rattle the cage”. I think this is a mischaracterisation. Those who have been energised into supporting Sanders, Corbyn and movements such as Podemos and Syriza want to […]

Boris Johnson: vanity and opportunism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The part-time Mayor of London, part-time MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and full-time self-promoter Boris Johnson shocked nobody earlier today when he came out for Vote Leave. It was said he’d been wrestling with the decision for some time. Yes, it’s tough when a berth in Number 10 could be the prize for going […]

On Dave’s EU membership “deal”

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

History remembers the last time a Tory prime minister went to Europe and came back waving a piece of paper, but the hungry beast to be appeased now is a coterie of backbench MP’s, a hapless and hopeless crew blinded by stupidity and consumed by petty-minded hobby horses. Yes, it’s the obligatory EU-renegotiation blog post, […]

Is Labour’s EU campaign a one-man band?

by David Pavett.

The left and the right are politically conflicted on the question of the EU membership. I write as a somewhat reluctant supporter of EU membership. My problem, which I know is shared by many others, is that (1) I have very strong objections to the EU as presently constituted but (2) I nevertheless see many […]

The EU referendum and the pro-EU left

by Peter Rowlands.

The GMB resolution at the Labour Party conference stressed defending employment and social rights and not aligning with the Tories, and was a welcome starting point for what should now be a major issue for Labour’s left, namely determining that Labour’s campaign is distinctively left wing and not indistinguishable from the general In campaign. The Labour No […]

EU membership means no renationalisation

by Danny Nicol.

Public ownership of gas and electricity is destined to become a cherished aim of the Labour Party. For years under privatisation, the swindling of the consumer has gone hand-in-hand with outrageous profit-taking by the corporate giants, to the loss of the public purse. Far from helping customers through keen competition, the main effect of energy […]

The case for Britain staying in the EU

by Peter Rowlands.

It is now clear that a substantial section of the left in the Labour Party has come to the conclusion that the UK should leave the EU, a position enormously enhanced by the TUC statement this week that any deal involving a diminution in employment or social rights that Cameron won prior to the referendum […]

Labour’s policy on EU must force Cameron to address public aspirations and concerns

by Michael Meacher.

It is fairly clear, even among Europhiles who want to stay in, what most people object to about the current state of the EU and what they would like to see changed. The membership fee is uncomfortably large, some £11bn every year. Free movement of labour works well between countries of similar living standards, but […]

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