Lessons on Ecuador’s progressive alternatives to neo-liberal crisis

by Lee Brown.

London’s Bolivar Hall was packed out on Tuesday night to learn about the progressive developments underway in Ecuador and offer solidarity against attempts to reverse this. Supported by Unite the Union, Tribune magazine and the organising committee of the annual Latin America Conference amongst others, the meeting was one of the first in the Britain […]

Labour must fight, not adopt, austerity

by Lee Brown.

George Osborne unleashed a new round of austerity in his Autumn Statement. Millions of people are now set to face even deeper and longer cuts. The scale is breath-taking. When the Coalition came to power, it proposed the longest period of public sector cuts in history. Last year this was extended by two years as […]

The momentum’s still with Chavez, not the opposition

by Lee Brown.

Hugo Chavez was re-elected with a landslide in October winning a record number of votes having added 800,000 votes to his 2006 tally, a previous record. Yet, some media – often the very same outlets that had predicted Chavez would lose or that it would be a very close race – have given the impression […]

Austerity Isn’t Working – time to invest in growth and jobs

by Lee Brown.

Austerity isn’t working. The disastrous Tory economic experiment has left the economy stagnating, household incomes falling at their fastest rate in decades and unemployment soaring towards three million. Even by the criteria the government has set itself, that of reducing the deficit, it is failing. The Tories are set to borrow £158 billion more than […]

Labour’s standing in the polls is a poor excuse for knocking Ed

by Lee Brown.

Polling evidence does not support the idea that Ed’s time is up. Silly season is normally reserved for the summer. But this year we have also had the Winter version with a torrent of newspaper articles making it clear it that their authors believe that Ed Miliband’s time is up. Pages have been filled undermining Ed, […]

Labour – winning as the party of the bottom 99%

by Lee Brown.

The occupy movements across the world have already succeeded in focussing the debate on the huge disparities between the very wealthy and the “bottom 99%”. This slogan mainly reflects the immediate anger felt across society to how a crisis that originated in the financial sector is now driving down the majority’s living standards, through the […]

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