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

Editorial: A positive message pays off

Wow. An incredible campaign ends with an incredible night. Huge congratulations must go out to all candidates, not least Alex Sobel, Rosie Duffield and Emma Hardy, Open Labour members and now Members of Parliament. Much credit also needs to go to the leadership, who have defied expectations exceedingly. This has been one of the most … Continued

Some conclusions on a truly unique election night

An overview from Hanif Leylabi / @hanifleylabi Last night was unparalleled and a much bigger success than expected. It led to a very difficult situation for the Tory government and gave Labour a massive boost on a popular, ‘sensible left’ manifesto. The dust is settling, and over coming weeks Labour faces questions about where to … Continued

#OpenLabour17 – The Open Labour Panel

Thanks to Open Labour member Hassan Hoque for recording the below session conversation. https://clyp.it/hu0z3t1u Ideas into action: building an open left Panel Speakers: Lisa Johnson – Director of External Relations and Training, GMB Polly Billington – SERA Executive and former Advisor, Sadiq Khan and DECC Clifford Singer – Founder VoteSwap, False Economy and currently Social Spark … 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

Polling and Labour’s prospects

By Owen Jones / @owenjones84 Labour’s current position in the opinion polls is disastrous. This isn’t written as a counsel of despair, but because we have to recognise political reality if we are going to turn it around. In the latest YouGov opinion poll, the Tories are on 42%; Labour languish at 26%. In this … Continued

‘What Works’ vs Ideology: a False Dichotomy

By Dr Matt Donoghue / @drdonoghue To my mind, one of New Labour’s masterstrokes was to ostensibly drop a commitment to ideology in favour of embracing ‘what works’. This has been discussed to death in the academic literature, and has been a constant talking point in certain corners of the media. A recent example of … Continued

Jeremy Corbyn & The Robots: Why Only Radical Ideas Will Make Both Labour & Britain Fit for the 21st Century

By Pete Kennedy / @PeteKennedy121 Ours is essentially a tragic age so we refuse to view it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins…we’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen. — D.H. Lawrence Following his election in 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt is said to have met with Sidney Hillman and other … Continued