The Corbyn effect isn’t going away

by Mark Seddon.

This article first appeared in the Boston Globe in October 2016, reflecting Jeremy’s second leadership victory. We are republishing it in the wake of the General Election as a prescient analysis of the mistakes that his critics made in underestimating ‘the Corbyn effect’. The election of Jeremy Corbyn last month as leader of the Labour Party — […]

We must not let this act of cowardice succeed

by Mark Seddon.

  Barely ten months ago, I urged my branch, the New York City Labour Party Branch, to first nominate and then vote for Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party and for Tom Watson as his deputy. In this I was supported by longtime New York Labour activist, journalist and Tribune columnist, Ian Williams. […]

Help save the Gay Hussar and give co-ops a bost

by Mark Seddon.

Is it madness to want to save a 60-year-old restaurant, the Gay Hussar in London’s Soho, because of fond memories of goulash, fierce argument and good humour – and to want others to have similar experiences? The late Tom Driberg tried famously to persuade Mick Jagger to stand as a Labour candidate there; Victor Sassie, longtime maître d’, whose claims […]

Is Britain being held to ransom by trans-national companies and billionaires?

by Mark Seddon.

If you cut through the hysteria currently being generated by the Murdoch echo chamber that is the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail whose hatred of trade unions knows no bounds, there is a stubborn truth that no amount of air-brushing will do away with. It is that Jim Ratcliffe, the billionaire owner of the […]

Who trusts Cameron to keep the lights on?

by Mark Seddon.

So Britain’s first major nuclear power station construction in a generation – at Hinckley – is to come courtesy of the French state owned EDF energy company and Chinese state owned interests. In return for providing up to 7% of Britain’s energy needs, the French and Chinese will be guaranteed fixed rate electricity price deals, […]

Ralph Miliband didn’t hate Britain and nor did my friend Lou

by Mark Seddon.

I didn’t know Ralph Miliband, although I knew many who did. But I did know Lou Kenton, of the same generation, also a Jewish Marxist, who distinguished himself as a volunteer ambulance driver with the International Brigades in Spain and doing successful battle with Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts in Cable Street in London’s East End.

Now we can keep our lights on!

by Mark Seddon.

Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy process for twenty months, should Labour win the General Election, will be immensely popular with hard pressed consumers. His commitment, backed up by some effective and feisty performances from Labour’s Energy Spokesperson, Caroline Flint, has interestingly not been seriously countered by David Cameron or anyone from the Government’s front […]

Labour needs to subvert the cosy, conservative media consensus

by Mark Seddon.

Newspaper circulations may be continuing to fall, and increasing numbers of people are turning away from the night-time television news bulletins. They are looking elsewhere for their news and comment and are often finding it. This does not however mean that political agendas are not often being set by newspapers, with TV and radio media […]

A Tory UKIP pact is emerging

by Mark Seddon.

In the 1970s the Conservative Party could still claim a membership of over a million. Two decades before that it was over three million and the Young Conservatives provided the principal dating agency for the sons and daughters of the aspirant middle classes. Today that membership has shriveled to 134,000. It has halved since David […]

The battle for Labour’s soul

by Mark Seddon.

In the run-up to next year’s local government elections and as a springboard to the general election, Labour will hold a “special conference” next year. Will it be to launch a popular campaign for jobs, growth and an end to the privatisation of our public services? Might it be to roll out its anti-austerity manifesto? […]

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