Save whose Steel?

Save whose Steel?

A well-known aphorism holds that in government, a politician wakes up each morning and decides what they are going to do; in opposition, they wake up each morning and decide what they are going to say. Normally, of course, pronouncements [...]

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Foundering on Brexit Rocks

Foundering on Brexit Rocks

The recent conference of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) dealt with a motion which called for an active campaign for Britain's withdrawal from the EU in the upcoming referendum. Members of the RMT transport workers' union, the Socialist [...]

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Barış Hemen Şimdi – Peace Now

Barış Hemen Şimdi – Peace Now

The truth of who was behind Saturday's atrocity in Ankara may never be uncovered. Supported by the ascendant left-wing and pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the rally at which over 100 people were killed represented some of the most progressive forces extant [...]

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The working class as the desperate class?

The working class as the desperate class?

Review of "Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain" by Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin. 2014. Abingdon: Routledge. This meticulous study of UKIP’s rise provides something that until now has been lacking: an academic yet accessible [...]

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Review: 1984

Review: 1984

Review of "1984" by George Orwell; a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. (Almeida, Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse) Right from the start, this adaptation of Orwell's classic is an assault on the senses – strobe lighting, mechanical rumblings [...]

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Left Unity leaders’ limited ambition

Left Unity leaders’ limited ambition

How to describe the 23 August meeting of Left Unity’s Executive Committee? There was much discussed to look forward to, not least the planned UK speaking tour by representatives of the new left-wing Spanish party Podemos in conjunction with LU’s [...]

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