The Evacuation of Meaning.

You may have heard recently that the Labour Party has rediscovered itself as the revolutionary vanguard ever ready to play dictatress to the proletarians of the UK. Unfortunately the slogan won’t be ‘Peace, Bread, Land’ exactly because Ed Miliband has pledged to freeze energy prices for 20 months, to protect the minimum wage, repeal the […]

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The Resurgent Right?

Since the Crash of 2008 we have witnessed the resurgence of free-market libertarianism on the American Right. The bailouts of the banks may have kept the cogs turning in the capitalist system, but it was a violation of everything held most often by free-market libertarians. It didn’t take long and the Tea Party movement emerged […]

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Miliband’s ‘Lesser Evil’

It is timely given that it was Ralph Miliband who predicted that Labour would always fail the working-class. He couldn’t have been more right. Yet the failures of Ed Miliband will be portrayed as the inevitable disaster of a leftward shift. To understand such a falsehood is to grapple with history. The Labour Party surrendered […]

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UKIP, the Tories and First Past the Post

The Conservatives are doing relatively badly in the polls at the moment, while UKIP are doing pretty well. This isn’t new or shocking, and a lot could, and probably will, change before the next general election. But nothing’s certain. UKIP have been getting close to – and on occasion substantially ahead of – the Lib […]

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Why Labour should oppose all the Government’s ideas (even the good ones)

Cross-posted from Left Outside I don’t think Labour really know that the game has changed. We will have an election in 2015 and there is very little chance of one before that. The move to fixed term parliaments means that Ed Miliband et al find themselves in a totally different position to someone like Cameron […]

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Thresholds on strike ballots might be popular, but that doesn’t make them right

In recent weeks, as public sector strikes over pension reforms loom large, there’s been a growing call for tougher strike laws – specifically, for some kind of minimum threshold in strike ballots for them to be valid. The Telegraph were talking approvingly about it last week, but it’s been kicking around for some time – […]

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Tommorow’s elections in Turkey

Following on from yesterday’s article, we are very lucky this guest post by Michael Talbot, a PhD Researcher currently based in Turkey. The bunting hanging across almost every street and the minivans blaring out propaganda songs announce season in Turkey, and scarce a street in Istanbul is without the posters and flags of the 25+ […]

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Greens on the Up

When you’re a member of a small party to the left of Labour, elections rarely give you much to cheer. Thankfully, the Greens (in England at least) have provided a somewhat more positive narrative for those of us who believe the Labour party’s dominance over the progressive vote is a dangerous thing. Reading some of […]

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A Conservative-Lib Dem merger would be bad news for the Left

There have been growing mutterings recently about the prospect of the Coalition becoming an outright merger between the Tories and Lib Dems sometime between now and the next general election. I don’t know how likely it is – the prospect of strong resistance from rightwing Tories who take the same view as Fraser Nelson in […]

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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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