Category "Cuts and Austerity"

Owen Smith: The Coup Candidate

Owen Smith: The Coup Candidate

Perhaps the most telling indicator of the divisions in the Labour Party were the automated suggestions offered by Google in the wake of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s attempted coup, trying to bully Jeremy Corbyn into resigning. “Who is Owen Smith?” [...]

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Stagnation: The new normal

Stagnation: The new normal

In recent weeks startling headlines have charted falls on the world's stock markets amid fears about the state of the world economy. Take a small sample from the financial pages of The Guardian: "Markets tumble in Europe and New York [...]

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Labour: mass resistance can win

Labour: mass resistance can win

In September last year Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour Party by a huge and unexpected landslide. He received 59.5% of first preference votes, winning in the first round. His Blairite opponent Liz Kendall obtained just 4.5% and came [...]

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Corbynomics and socialist strategy

Corbynomics and socialist strategy

Ever since Jeremy Corbyn emerged as a potential victor in the election for the leadership of the Labour Party, I have argued that socialists have a duty to orientate towards the Labour Party. The alternative is to stand aside from [...]

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The  Elections, and the Left

The  Elections, and the Left

For the May Day issue of The Project I was asked to write some reflections on the 2015 elections as the campaign unfolded in March and April. This, of course, implied an unspoken duty of some sort of prediction. At [...]

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Scotland after the elections

Scotland after the elections

May’s General Election saw a surge in nationalism on both sides of the border. In Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP) overturned the longstanding dominance of the Labour Party to win 56 of the 59 Scottish seats, while the Conservative [...]

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