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 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

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

Editorial: McDonnell is wrong, this is not our moment

“This week”, John McDonnell wrote last week in the New Statesman, “the left finally defeated free market ideology”. This, after a government just advocated for the deportation of NHS staff, just targeted international students, and is considering legislating for firms to publish a ‘list’ of foreign employees. This isn’t a victory. If there is even … Continued

People with Disabilities: Brexit spells trouble

By James William Jacobs / @jameswjacobs Whatever our opinion on Brexit, and whatever we think of the leadership in the campaign, every Labour member that I know is fiercely against any diminution of the social and employment protections the European Union gives us. However, the group that has most to lose from the Article 50 negotiations … Continued