An open letter to everyone who isn’t going on strike tomorrow

It’s pretty much certain that tomorrow’s strikes – which I’ll be taking part in – are going to be seriously disruptive for a lot of people. I’m sorry about that. I wish it didn’t have to be that way, and I’m pretty sure everyone else taking action feels the same way.  Unfortunately it’s pretty much […]

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Seema Malhotra – consultant and professional politico – chosen to fight Labour’s next byelection. Who’dda thunk it?

Well, it appears that Labour have selected a real community candidate for the safe seat vacated by the unfortunate death of Alan Keen MP. According to her blog…. Seema Malhotra is co-founder and Director of the Fabian Womens Network and a former National Chair of the Fabian Society. From May-Oct 2010 she was Political Advisor […]

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The left should not be scared of traditional history teaching

The average British person is, effectively, historically illiterate. A couple of times a year the media will report on a survey showing that most Britons, young and old alike, live in blissful ignorance of basic historical information about their country’s past. In 2004 the Telegraph reported that “a third of 16- to 34-year-olds did not […]

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Scenes From an Evicted Occupation

This is a guest post by Pete H., who occupied Portland. I’m standing on Main Street in downtown Portland, Oregon in a crowd of hundreds on a Sunday afternoon.  A line of riot police is blocking the intersection, and just beyond are two empty parks, which since October 6th had been the home of the […]

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The invisible crisis in Belarus

This is a guest post by Anton Grinevsky and Alesia Grinevskaya “There is no crisis in Belarus”. This is the official position, but it’s a long way from the truth. Everything started last autumn during the presidential race, leading up to the December elections. Every day, the state media showed all kinds of positive coverage […]

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Can progressives still support the European project?

The European Union, in pursuit of an austerity agenda supported only by the elite, has now effectively suspended democracy in two European countries. We have now, within the space of a week, entered the age of the Technocrat government (described brilliantly by one writer in The Times as ‘a form of civilian junta’). It is […]

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On #Occupy

This is a cross-post from Bob From Brockley. One of the most depressing things about the period after 9/11 was the rapid disintegration and recuperation by the trad left of the energy of the 1990s “anti-capitalist” movement. The 1990s movement had several flaws – its narrow concentration on institutions like the IMF and World Bank […]

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Yes, I would let a porn star read to my (hypothetical) kids

Ladies and gentlemen, your confected moral outrage du jour is….an actor who used to do porn daring to read a book in the same room as some children. Some of the more depressing and scandal-obsessed corners of the web are currently a-buzz over the news that Sasha Grey, a “porn legend” who moved into mainstream […]

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“I am not a politician” says the new Greek PM – a banker who’s never stood for public office

Well, my friends, the suspension of Greek  democracy appears to be complete. When Papanderou was forced out, to be replaced by a government of national unity. I remarked: Greece’s multi-party democracy has in effect been supplanted by one party – The Austerity Party. The political elites have, in effect, formed a cartel. Greece’s major parties […]

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Britain’s shame: The suicides of Helen and Mark Mullins

Several months back Helen and Mark Mullins appeared on a documentary about the impact of benefits cuts – where they described their struggle to subsist on just £57 pounds. Yesterday it emerged that they had committed suicide. According to friends, they were unable to face another  cold winter. To talk of “poverty in the midst […]

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