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The British Labour Party, The Northern Ireland Labour Party And The Scottish Referendum

Dr Chaminda Weerawardhana explains how the Scottish referendum exposes Labour’s inconsistencies on UK regions... [read more]

Lies, Damned Lies and Opinion Polls

Stephen Gilbert challenges the so called 'accuracy' of ICM opinion polls and shows how Labour continues to miss classic opportunities to rebut Conservative policy. ... [read more]

The Labour leadership election

Bryan Gould, former member of the Labour shadow cabinet, describes what is missing from the leadership contest... [read more]

Talking Politics with Hratche Koundarjian

First-time voter Chris Mason-Felsing met with Labour's Hratche Koundarjian to discuss Labour's Gernal Election prospects.... [read more]

Where does Labour stand after Miliband?

The recent intervention by David Miliband and the resulting manoeuvrings reveals much about the febrile state within the Labour Party. Beyond the Blairite-Brownite soap opera, which goes on even after one of the protagonists leaves the stage - rather like Ernie Wise continuing to define himself after poor Eric passed away - this is an existential crisis for Labour.... [read more]

Polls versus principles

"How sad if Labour’s courage should fail it, so that it lags behind progressive opinion, just as a new mainstream is developing." A commentary by Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister... [read more]

Labour and benefit cuts‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, asks how voters are likely to view a party that so manifestly lacks the courage of its convictions... [read more]

Which direction for Labour?

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, says Labour's leaders must be prepared to do the hard work needed to produce a convincing alternative in line with much current and developing economic thinking... [read more]

Labour’s immigration Policy: A Progressive Perspective

Immigration, and how the parties claim they will control it, is one of a handful of issues that will be pivotal in swaying swing voters either right or left in this year’s general election... [read more]

Taking Another look at ‘Chavs’

Chavs by Owen Jones has rightly been lauded as an overdue rejoinder to the steady and near unstoppable denigration of the working class in Britain over the past three decades of unbroken Thatcherism, under both the Tories and New Labour, reviews John Wight.... [read more]

Momentum's Night of the Long Knives

And so the Bonaparte of Momentum was born. At a stroke, Momentum’s democratic structures have been abolished; the tireless work of thousands of Corbyn supporters over the past year-and-a-half thrown out the window... [read more]

Corbyn versus the Consensus

In any political movement there is a tension between what is desirable and what is possible... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s Unelectable Leader

The strident anti-Corbyn headlines are endless. Almost every day a new headline drums the message home: Jeremy Corbyn must go... [read more]

Jeremy Corbyn’s Speech at the Labour Conference

The politicos still don’t get it. The public do... [read more]

Back Corbyn for Labour leader! Fight back with socialist policies!

The veteran left wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has declared that he is putting himself forward to go on the ballot paper for the Labour leadership election... [read more]

General Election disaster for working people as Tories stay in power

Big business and the fat cats of the City of London are celebrating the victory of their friends in the Tory Party... [read more]

Just when hope and courage are called for, Labour promises bean-counting

Labour’s focus on cutting the deficit means progressive voters will have to look elsewhere for inspiration, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Labour's vision

Labour leaders have often been eloquent in articulating a vision of the kind of society they want; it is explaining how that vision is to be realised that seems to be the problem... [read more]

Election 2010: Media Gets it Wrong ... Again

Nathaniel Mehr considers the UK media's skewed coverage of the post-election political landscape. ... [read more]

Gordon Brown and "Light Touch" Regulation

Mick Brooks on how Gordon’s policies left the UK unprepared for the present financial crisis.... [read more]

Let's Put People before Profits - If not now, then When?

Noel Hatch attributes Labour's electoral demise to its total abandonment of an egalitarian agenda.... [read more]

Death of the Noble Idea

Big money trumps everything in politics, even the most dearly-held beliefs.... [read more]

Is Brexit Ready to Exit: Mayhem and changing opinions in the UK

A year ago the UK voted to leave the EU after a stupid, unnecessary referendum. Not only that, but it has emerged that the Brexit campaign was funded by some secretive and dodgy deals.... [read more]

How did it come to this?

Former Labour shadow cabinet minister, Bryan Gould, asks how Labour MPs became so divorced from the wishes and ambitions of those they claim to represent?... [read more]

A major factor in Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to voters

It is Labour’s long-standing support for, and failure to challenge, the central tenets of neo-classical orthodoxy that has disabled any challenge they have tried to make to any other aspect of the Tory progamme... [read more]

Labour’s Lost Soul: the UK and the Labour Party leadership election

I’ve done it, pushed out my boat on to uncharted seas and voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be leader of Britain’s Labour Party... [read more]

Why are Labour's leadership hopefuls so right-wing?‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, asks why the Labour Party throws up would-be leaders who are clearly so reluctant to rock the boat... [read more]

Nothing to Lose But Our Fears‏

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, explains the need for Labour to break free from the neo-liberal consensus that has long imprisoned the left in an intellectual straitjacket... [read more]

New Labour is the Problem, Not the Solution

After Labour’s dismal performance in Thursday’s election there have been a lot of theories on why it turned out to be such a terrible night for the party... [read more]

Aiming At The Wrong Target

Former Labour cabinet member, Bryan Gould, takes to task recent comments made by Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rachel Reeves on the subject of the unemployed... [read more]

Labour's chance. Will they take it?

Jim Murphy may speak truer than he knows. Labour is on course for a majority of over 80, with UKIP quite capable of handing scores of Conservative seats to the Lib Dems, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

After Eastleigh

Labour’s disastrous showing at Eastleigh is a self-inflicted wound but it still needs a friendly critic and a critical friend, writes David Lindsay.... [read more]

uk eurosceptics

Labour kept Britain out of the euro. Labour MPs have elected three Eurosceptics out of three to represent them on the party’s National Executive Committee... [read more]

A Telling Silence

They parasitise us from above. But landowners and the Tory party's idle rich are spared the fairest and simplest of taxes, writes George Monbiot.... [read more]

Reclaiming the NHS

This weekend healthcare campaigners will gather for a conference on how to fight the Coalition’s newly passed Health Act. Alex Nunns assesses their options... [read more]

Ed Miliband's party funding proposals

Karl Davis makes the case for the Labour Party to embrace its Trade Union roots as part of its challenge to show there is an alternative to the unpopular austerity programme implemented by the Tory dominated Coalition... [read more]

Has Europe abandoned the Left?

David Eade looks at whether there is any truth in the claim that the people of Europe have turned away from the parties of the Left... [read more]

How Independen​t Would An Independen​t Scotland Be?

Britain’s history of war and imperialism, and its current role as junior partner in service to US hegemony, has had a deleterious impact on British society at home, writes John Wight.... [read more]

Is Ed making a balls of it?

David Eade reflects on Ed Balls' recent speech at a Fabian Society conference and asks whether the Shadow Chancellor is more of a hinderence than a help to his own party... [read more]

A future of Labour

Karl Davis suggests how Ed Miliband could give a big boost to Labour’s chances of winning the next General Election... [read more]

The Health and Social Care Bill and the Negation of Democracy

Colin Leys discusses the profound impact that the Health and Social Care Bill will have upon the publically owned National Health Service... [read more]

Our Hollowed Out Democracy

Thus far, the Tory and Labour election campaigns have been a showcase of the hypocrisy at the heart of British politics, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

We Must Fight to Keep the Post Public

With both mainstream political parties apparently united in their determination to privatise the UK postal system, Mick Brooks makes the case for resisting so-called "part-privatisation".... [read more]

Australian Administration Puts UK Labour Party in the Shade

Steven Littlewood believes Gordon Brown could learn a thing or two from his Australian counterpart.... [read more]

Windfall tax: Good for the Country, Good for Labour

Zoe Gannon believes a progressive policy on taxation would help restore working-class support for Labour and revive the party's electoral prospects.... [read more]

We Must Escape the Neverland of Market Fundamentalism

Neal Lawson, Chair of the campaign group Compass, believes the Labour party must free itself from New Labour's fixation with market fundamentalism and return to social democratic values.... [read more]

Nothing Left to Fight For

The most rightwing government Britain has had since the Second World War does not deserve to be re-elected.... [read more]

Election Analysis from the Left List

Left-wing coalition group Left List offer their verdict on the local elections.... [read more]

The Great Consolidation

George Monbiot on New Labour's ongoing attack on the NHS.... [read more]

Brown's Taxation U-Turn Shows Labour Is In Thrall To Big Business....Again

Labour's U-turn on non-domicile tax threatens their credibility and electoral prospects.... [read more]

National Interest or Personal Interest: Theresa May’s Spat with Tony Blair

The war of words between Tony Blair and Theresa May over the last few days is quite revealing – not of Blair’s known position regarding the Brexit mess, but because the Prime Minister’s rant showed her weakness.... [read more]

Brexit and the Labour Party

One of the things people were promised under Corbyn’s leadership, was a genuine member-led party, where members’ views were listened to and acted on.... [read more]

Joining The Labour Party

In September 2016 I did something I never believed I would ever do. I joined the Labour Party.... [read more]

Political commentators

Political commentators have long been puzzled by the fact that, right across the globe and for several decades, the political left has been in retreat and – more than that – has apparently been unable to mount any significant challenge to the growing neo-liberal hegemony which has dominated western democracies since the 1980s... [read more]

Scottish Left On The Eve of the Centenary of Bolshevik Revolution

Scottish coordinator for ICOR, Amjad Ayub Mirza looks at the effects of revisionism and reformism on Scottish left politics... [read more]

After the Euphoria

A weak government whose core values are misguided by nostalgia for a lost empire... [read more]

1945

1945 is a sacred year in Labour mythology... [read more]

Fear and Loathing in the Labour Movement

The gravity of feeling was embedded in his face and voice as he spoke of his fears for the future of the party he once led... [read more]

The British Chicken Coup: 172 Labour MPs against a pro-Corbyn party

As soon as the result of the EU referendum was announced, the attempted coup – or Chicken Coup, as some named it – was in full swing.... [read more]

Roy Greenslade's despair

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, provides a rebuttal to Roy Greenslade’s recent Guardian article... [read more]

Building the Fight against Austerity

It has been a depressing few weeks for the supporters of the Labour Party’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn... [read more]

Lord Mandelson Speaks

The most damaging aspect of Lord Mandelson’s initiative, however, is not what is said, but what is not said... [read more]

What Labour can learn from the Corbyn campaign‏

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, shows what lessons Jeremy Corbyn can teach the Labour Party... [read more]

A Corbyn leadership

Bryan Gould, former Labour shadow cabinet minister, asks how left-wing is Jeremy Corbyn... [read more]

A Gerrymandered Election and A Flawed Mandate

To the great puzzlement and consternation of pundits and pollsters, the British general election produced what seems a great democratic victory for the Conservative party... [read more]

The Death Of Blair Peach: Remembering A Day Of Infamy

Blair Peach was killed 35 years ago today. Lindsey German, who knew him as a radical young teacher, looks back at the day in Southall when anti-fascists bore the brunt of police brutality... [read more]

Farage's demagoguery obscures UKIP's reactionary nature

Dr Tomasz Pierscionek discusses how UKIP seek to plug an electoral void that ought to be filled by a Labour Party offering a socialist programme... [read more]

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hijacking God?

There must be something in the water at Number 10 Downing Street, writes Felicity Arbuthnot... [read more]

Central government

Former MP and member of the Labour shadow cabinet, Bryan Gould, discusses the flaws in Labour's proposal to devolve power to local regions... [read more]

An economy ruled by the mob

It is not easy for any of us to get our heads around the complexities of modern economics. Many capitalists themselves and certainly most politicians no longer understand how the system really works... [read more]

Britain can do better

This afternoon [Tuesday] Labour Leader Ed Miliband made his keynote speech to his party’s annual conference in Brighton. Speaking as is now usual for more than hour without notes Miliband set out his vision of how “Britain can do better” under Labour, writes David Eade.... [read more]

Elections in Norway

Patrizia Bertini speaks with Norwegian Labour Party politician Rudolph Brynn about the general election next week... [read more]

Why Will Labour Not Readmit Me?

On 12th May, I re-joined the Fabian Society and the Christian Socialist Movement, writes David Lindsay... [read more]

The Errors of the ‘Localism Act’: Tax, Growth and Urban Expansion

Elijah Pryor identifies several problems associated with the introduction of the Localism Act... [read more]

There is a war on ordinary people and feminists are needed at the front

The problem with media-run "conversations" on gender is not merely the almost total absence of male participants, but the suppression of class, writes John Pilger.... [read more]

Edmund Burke would be Labour in 2013

A new biography of Edmund Burke has been written by Jesse Norman, and it has attracted favourable comment from Charles Moore, official biographer of Margaret Thatcher... [read more]

Repealing the Health and Social Care Act

The last ditch attempt by the House of Lords to stop wholesale privatisation of the NHS has failed... [read more]

A review of Anita's revolution

Linda Rogers reviews a novel by Shirley Langer, friend of Cuba and witness to the early years of the revolution... [read more]

Blair, Olympic deals and the glimpse of another Britain

John Pilger reports on two letters that illuminate two very different Britains, and on how the London Olympics is being used to rehabilitate Tony Blair, the invader of Iraq.... [read more]

Anomie

Enclosure and dispossession have driven us, like John Clare, all a little mad, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

High Quality Healthcare- Competition brings Quality?

Tomasz Pierscionek sheds light on the recent High Quality Healthcare conference organised by pro free market think tank Reform ... [read more]

The Great ESA Robbery

The removal of contributory Employment and Support Allowance assessment has not been a major talking point during the Welfare Reform Act's progress onto the statute book but I believe it is actually the most pernicious of all the benefit cuts which are just about to take place, writes Felix McHugh.... [read more]

It's time we recognised the Blair government's criminality

John Pilger shows that in the Kabuki theatre of British parliamentary politics, great crimes do not happen and criminals go free... [read more]

Don’t Quota Me

Is there a single reputable argument in favour of positive discrimination? The fact that so many of our institutions are unrepresentative of the make-up of society is of course deplorable, but manipulating recruitment in order to create an artificial balance is no way to put this right, writes W Stephen Gilbert.... [read more]

The Great Pay Robbery

Here’s why the government’s proposals on executive pay won’t work – and why we need a maximum wage, says George Monbiot.... [read more]

Economic democracy – The next big social reform?

Peter Tatchell says democratising economic decision-making is the key to a fairer society and a more stable economy... [read more]

What a £ot of Balls!

outRageous! thinks sports have gone Doo-£ally!... [read more]

The Corporate Welfare State

Despite the crisis, it’s still socialism for the 1 per cent, capitalism for the rest.... [read more]

A valuable victory for the anti-cuts movement- HSBC 3 Win Appeal

Mark Tyers and Jonathon Proctor show how a victory in court helps to protect the appetite and capacity of our movement\'s ability to protest... [read more]

Britain's Coalition Government: Unleashing the Forces of Hell

It's now several weeks since the Tories swept into office, propped up by the Liberal Democrats. Chris Mason-Felsing looks at the story so far.... [read more]

The Cleggameron Coalition Comes to Power; the New Labour Era Ends.

Socialist Appeal's Rob Sewell reflects on the historic events of the past few days at Westminster.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don’t Mention the Class War

'New' Labour is too close to big business to deliver the radical change the country needs, but it is by far the lesser of the two evils on offer, writes Richie Nimmo.... [read more]

Election 2010: Don't Let the Tories In

Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks says the radical left must rally behind Labour on May 6th.... [read more]

Michael Foot and his Legacy for Labour

Michael Foot stood head and shoulders above the men who succeeded him as Labour leader, argues Barbara Humphries.... [read more]

Heroes of the 21st Century

The first decade of the 21st Century has been marred by violence, militarism and oppression in the Global South. But there has also been resistance. Tomasz Pierscionek profiles some of the radical heroes of the past ten years.... [read more]

Return to Family Values is Way Out of Crisis say the Tories

The Conservative Party started their election campaign on familiar ground, as John Green explains.... [read more]

Bank Bailouts - Throwing Good Money After Bad

As the UK government plans further massive bank bailouts, Mick Brooks calls for the complete nationalisation of the banking industry.... [read more]

Youth Unemployment - Nearly at the Million Mark

Steve Jones on the deteriorating state of the British economy under New Labour's so-called 'third way'.... [read more]

Voting Reform Will Empower the Left

Changing Britain's electoral system would benefit Labour and radicalise politics, says Peter Tatchell... [read more]

Cuts, Cuts ... And Yet More Cuts!

Steve Jones argues that Britain's three main political parties are engaged in a 'race to the bottom' on public spending.... [read more]

Vestas: “You Don’t Have to Just Sit and Take It. You Can Stand Up and Fight”.

Socialist Appeal's Adam Booth says the Vestas closure is just another manifestation of an economic system which prioritises private interests over the public good.... [read more]

Why We Must Nationalise Northern Rock

Examining the ongoing crisis of the Northern Rock bank, Chris Vasey argues nationalisation is the only way to safeguard public money and jobs.... [read more]

Political Crisis Deepens in Britain

Rob Sewell picks apart the media furore over the MPs' expenses scandal which has rocked British politics over the past fortnight.... [read more]

Budget: Where’s Our Bail-out?

As New Labour announces its new budget, Socialist Appeal's Mick Brooks provides his assessment of the British economic malaise.... [read more]

No Freedom Here

John Pilger on how Britain is sleepwalking into an Orwellian nightmare of surveillance, secrecy and militarism.... [read more]

Twenty-Five Years On

John Haylett looks back on the struggle which defined the politics of a decade and paved the way for the rise of New Labour.... [read more]

The Great Depression

Michael Roberts argues that the big "bailouts" of financial institutions have exposed the fallacy behind the "free market" ideologies which have dominated British and American political and economic systems for the past thirty years.... [read more]

A Scandal a Day Keeps the Voters Away!

Steve Jones talks us through New Labour's latest sleaze mess.... [read more]

Interview: Greg Maughan, Campaign for a New Workers' Party

Cristina Brooks spoke to Greg Maughan of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party about his views on recent developments in the economic sphere.... [read more]

Big Brother is Watching You Masturbate

In the week that a controversial new law on pornography came into force, Symon Hill outlines his concerns about the implications for sexual freedom, and civil liberties more broadly.... [read more]

Benefit Claimants in Government's Firing Line

Fred McDowell on New Labour's latest populist diversion.... [read more]

Labour Must Endorse Living Wage Campaign to Win Back Popular Support

Matt Genner argues that committing itself to a national living wage would help restore Labour's credentials as the mainstream party most committed to social justice. ... [read more]

Mail Order Cuts

Rob Ray on the closures ordered across the UK's postal service. ... [read more]

A Policeman's Lot: The Police and Industrial Action

David Brandon on why the left must support the police in their current industrial dispute.... [read more]

Brown's Failure to Pursue a Progressive Policy on Taxation is Alienating Labour's Core Support

Matt Genner believes the Tories' local election success shows Gordon Brown must be bolder.... [read more]

Ken is a Loss for London

Despite his flaws, Ken Livingstone was a mayor Londoners could be proud of.... [read more]

Local Election Failure Shows the New Labour Project is in Decline

Darrell Goodliffe believes Labour's flop at the polls shows they have lost the confidence of the public.... [read more]

Vote Livingstone For Mayor

Steve Jones on why Londoners must vote for Ken despite his flaws.... [read more]

How To Solve A Problem Like Auschwitz

The British government plans to educate children about the horrors of mass murder by sending them to visit the Auschwitz death camps.... [read more]

Brown's Reactionary Britishness

The PM wants to celebrate Britishness...what does he mean?... [read more]