Martin McGuinness: struggle, loss, forgiveness

By Bev Waker-Craig / @bevcraig This week we heard the news that Martin McGuinness has passed away following his battle with a rare heart condition. I’d like to think that at the very least one of the legacies of McGuinness was to leave behind a place where all sides of the community could come together and … Continued

Secondary schools between a rock and a hard place: a Labour response

Anonymous submission I am chair of governors at a secondary school in a deprived town in Northern England.  We remain, like many schools in our region, a maintained school out of the clutches of the academy system, at least for now. As such, I found the speech on Friday by the new Ofsted Inspector Amanda … Continued

Perspectives for Open Labour: A Politics of Radical Pessimism

By Paul Thompson and F. H. Pitts / @fhpitts This document is submitted as part of a constructive engagement with the Management Committee’s Draft Position Paper (DPP). There is not much that most on the left could disagree with in the Statement. That has its merits, and we are sympathetic to not trying to have … Continued

Labour’s nuclear reaction

By David Hamblin / @UnionisedDavid At some point the number of articles written about the Copeland & Stoke Central by-elections may actually reach the number of the ballots cast. Both results were a perfect storm to keep the internal Labour Party maelstrom blowing. If Labour had held both seats then Corbyn supporters would have felt … Continued

Labour against Brexit: what do we do now?

Open Labour Brexit debate By Emma Brennan and Sean Gainford, on behalf of Labour Against Brexit campaign Last week, the House of Commons overwhelmingly supported the triggering of Article 50 to begin negotiations for the UK withdrawal from the EU. Amongst its supporters were the majority of Labour MPs, despite nearly all of them having supported the Remain … Continued

Could Britain re-enter a reformed EU?

Open Labour Brexit debate By Hannah Dadd At a recent event organised by Labour South-West on the subject of the European Union and women’s rights, a clear divide amongst the MPs and MEPs in attendance emerged on the issue of Brexit. The divide could broadly be characterised as between ‘if and ‘when’ factions. That is, … Continued

Identity or class politics? It doesn’t have to be a choice.

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ There has been much excitement recently among some lefties about the death of “identity politics”. Let me correct that sentence. There has been much excitement recently among some straight, white so-called left wing men about the so-called death of “identity politics”. Finally, it seems, with the vote to Brexit and … Continued

Social care – so what do we do?

By James Jacobs / @jameswjacobs Social Care is in crisis. We know this as a certainty. The pressures of not only an ageing population but the ever-increasing consensus that people have individual and acute needs are growing. This means that it’s not just extra staffing that would help, but specialist staffing. And because there isn’t … Continued

Solid Modernity – A personal and political reflection on Zygmunt Bauman

By Alex Sobel / @alexsobel My family’s journey mirrored that of Zygmunt Bauman’s: from Poland to Israel then to Leeds. However it wasn’t until the last, the City we both share, that our families came into contact. My father was a friend of Leon Sfard from Poland who married Zygmunt’s eldest daughter Anna, my father … Continued