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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The Boris Johnson Symptom

In recent years there has not been a more significant symptom of disarray within the Conservative Party than the undiluted veneration of Boris Johnson. This is especially the case with the constant talk of Boris becoming Party Leader and maybe even Prime Minister one day. The Conservative Party must be aware of the fact that […]

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On celebrating Thatcher’s death (or not)

What, exactly, is the problem with throwing a party when someone you dislike dies? This isn’t a rhetorical question – it might appear obvious, but it’s not as clear as it seems. Is it because celebrating someone’s death is disrespectful to their memory? Nope, that doesn’t really stack up. As Glenn Greenwald points out, it […]

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Margaret Thatcher’s death is nothing to celebrate, her legacy lives on

Margaret Thatcher died today. They say you should not speak ill of the dead, so I shan’t be writing any long obituaries. Thatcher was my ideological opposite, after all. Born in the year of the miner’s strike, I was too young to remember much of her time in power, but looking back on her record, […]

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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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George Osborne: History will remember you better if you turn left

At 11.39pm, April 14 1912, a man called Robert Hitchins made the mistake of turning right instead of left. The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, taking with it a captain who had blithely ignored all warnings of danger and plowed on full steam ahead with the arrogance of an Empire which was soon […]

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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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