Recapturing the spirit of ’45 for the 99%

Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to the late, great Bob Crow on Monday. With even his opponents gushing praise for a trade union leader who fought hard for his members, was resolute in his principles and above all brilliant at his job, it’s hard to imagine that scarcely more than a month ago […]

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Gee Thanks, Geoffrey.

Now that the dust is just about settling in the row over The Daily Mail‘s attack on the Miliband family we might ask what the significance of these events have been. First some background. The attacks came after Ed Miliband made his conference speech wherein – according to right-wing circles – he affirmed some of the […]

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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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When Assad was ‘Our Bastard’…

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Reclaiming the ‘Lesser Evil’?

There’s a great anecdote recalled by Tariq Ali when David and Ed Miliband faced each other for the Labour leadership. Towards the 1992 election David Miliband was a speechwriter for Neil Kinnock. Around this time the old man phoned Tariq Ali and asked him if he had listened to Kinnock’s latest speech. Immediately without hesitation […]

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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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Letter in the Guardian: Left Unity ready to offer an alternative

Managed to get this letter into the Guardian today, signed by director Ken Loach, Only Fools and Horses actor Roger Lloyd Pack, former Children’s laureate Michael Rosen and a number of other famous writers, academics, activists and musicians supporting Left Unity. This summer will be remembered for Labour‘s final betrayal of the working-class people it […]

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On Ed Miliband’s speech: Is means-testing really as bad as it seems?

A lot has been written about Ed Miliband’s big speech in Newham, and – given that as I sit down to write this it’s less than twelve hours since he gave the speech – it’s likely that a lot more will be written. The misleadingly-titled cap on benefits (it’s a cap on total spending on […]

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The perils of tax populism

This is a guest post by JT White The cause of raining in corporate tax swindlers was once the monopoly of UK Uncut in its Vodafone protestations. Now it has been coopted by the political class, firstly by that shirker Ed Miliband and then by George Osbourne that dangerous radical who went to St. Paul’s. […]

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Labour’s poll lead over Tories proves austerity is more unpopular than the EU

When David Cameron blindsided Ed Miliband with an in-out referendum on the EU last month, he hoped to deal a devastating blow to the opposition by painting the Conservatives as the party of democracy with its finger on the pulse of public opinion against an out of touch Labour afraid to give people a choice. […]

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