David Miliband throwing in the towel reveals alot about today’s Labour leadership

And so it appears, after nearly being elected to lead the Labour party, David Miliband will be moving out of front line politics. Such a decision is, in fact, virtually unprecedented in the history of Labour’s runners up. When Nye Bevan was beaten to the leadership by Hugh Gaitskell in 1955, he went on to […]

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David Brought A Slingshot, Not A Shovel

In the Huffington Post, the co-founder of 350.org has written a piece titled ‘David Brought A Slingshot, Not A Suit‘, in which the environmental organiser reveals his true colours. It’s too late for lobbying, he cries. That just didn’t work. It’s time to move on from matching the oil companies dollar for dollar. It’s time […]

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Jewish Boat to Gaza sets sail from Cyprus

From Jews for Justice for Palestinians. For updates go to the Jewish Boat to Gaza website. At crisis point in peace talks, Jews, Israelis call to lift the siege on Gaza, end the occupation. A boat carrying aid for Gaza’s population and organized by Jewish groups worldwide has set ,sail from Cyprus today at 13:32 […]

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How Labour chooses its leaders isn’t anyone else’s business

Much has already been made about Ed Miliband’s victory depending on the unions, and no doubt there’ll be more of the same to come over the next few weeks. Even before the votes were in the Guardian was calling the voting system an undemocratic ‘relic’ crying out for reform and comparing poorly with those used […]

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The Labour Leadership Election as a Call to Action

One of the most frequently repeated myths on the left is that we are fighting for the representation of this vast number of people who lie to the left of the Labour Party. In fact in nearly every single demonstration or large public meeting I attend I am told about this by some faux-psephologist with […]

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A Message From Ralph Miliband

As the campaign manager for the Ralph for Leader bid, I feel it falls to me to describe what happened today. What we have seen is that Ralph’s son Bert has beaten his other son, Ernie, to become leader of the Labour Party. This isn’t to say the Ralph didn’t put up one hell of […]

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Fighting for the Internet (And Diaspora Isn’t The Solution)

“I don’t think people are aware of the implications of this move. It means that everything we do online or on the phone will  be known to the authorities. They are using this to produce probably the world’s most comprehensive surveillance system.” So says the Director of Privacy International in the Telegraph, on the lastest […]

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Serious questions raised over shooting of white barrister

If you’ve read the papers over the past week, you will have almost certainly encountered the ongoing inquest into the shooting of barrister Mark Saunders by police. Rarely has such an incident generated so many column inches and questions. If you go to the telegraph’s website and search for Derek Bennett – the rastafarian shot […]

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Looking Backwards to a Great Transition: how do we use images of the past to describe present and future crises?

This is a guest post from Gloria. The weekend before last, I went to a film event about the Peckham Experiment, an innovative project begun in South London in the 1930s to discover what good health was, and how it could be promoted. Families paid a small charge to use this new sports and social […]

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Privatising the Clothes of the Poor

There are so many things to write about at the moment that I’ve been slightly struck dumb. There’s a strange ‘it’s all a bit 1936′ feeling in the air: expulsion of the Roma; increasing privatisation; the dismantling of the NHS; trade union tub-thumping; the pope. It’s like these demons of another age have been hiding […]

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