Back to the Future: How The Corbyn Movement Rejected the End of History

By Peter Kennedy / @kennedy121 It turns out the End of History wasn’t quite as terminal as we were led to believe. Last week’s general election was a stark deviation from capitalism’s triumphalist post-Cold War script. Until very recently, any hope in a meaningful alternative to corporate welfare, crushing austerity, rampant individualism and obscene inequality was … Continued

General Election 2017 – the world turned upside down?

By Paul Thompson This article is in anticipation of The Path to Power on June 24th – you can sign up here. This was the election in which almost every established nostrum was overturned. Some are what psephologists call ‘the ‘fundamentals’, in this case the young will not turn out to vote; divided parties don’t do … Continued

The State and the Nation

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ We need to talk about the state. Not just about cuts, not just about public services, not just about taxes and “red tape”, not just about welfare and workfare. Because all of those arguments are at their heart just symptoms of the fact that we aren’t having the deeper discussion … Continued

Tomorrow’s choice

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Tomorrow, Britain goes to the polls in one of the most surprising and unexpected elections of my lifetime. Win or lose, moving forward or back by ten PM tomorrow there will be nothing more that can be done. By Friday morning we will be either nursing bruised hearts at a disappointing … Continued

Maybe not…

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Theresa May’s mega-wobble and the subsequent Tory dip in the polls may or may not last, but its effects will be felt for years to come either way. Let us be under no illusion, the Prime Minister has comprehensively trashed her brand. By reversing as soon as the going got … Continued

Making our democracy better

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ This column wasn’t supposed to be about this. Earlier in the week I had drafted a blistering attack on Theresa May’s U-turn over social care written and ready to be published. It wasn’t the time. It still isn’t. Today, we return to national campaigning in an election campaign that has paled … Continued

What story will we take from the Labour Manifesto?

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Manifestos are probably the most talked about documents that no one really reads. In a pure Aristotelian democracy, voters would carefully consider each of the policies in each of the manifestos measuring them against their own personal and political priorities and voting accordingly. In reality, few will read the manifestos in … Continued

Class, Union, Party

By David Hamblin / @UnionisedDavid Class, Union, Party are the triumvirate of the Labour movement. As Labour Party members we understand that each begets the other. It is through our struggles that the working class recognised the deep seated need to act as one and form trade unions. The Labour Party was fashioned into being … Continued

1997, 20 years on: what can we learn?

By Emma Burnell / @EmmaBurnell_ Labour is a movement drowning in nostalgia. It’s plethora of pasts overwhelm all parts of its present. All of the fights we have about our current situation are – in reality – fights about how you view our recent and longer term history. What lessons can be learned, what lessons … Continued