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

On Rhea Wolfson, and young women in the Labour Party

By Charlotte Nichols / @charlotte2153 Being a Labour Party member at the moment can often be rather disheartening. Being a member who is part of a Jewish community even moreso, with everything that’s going on at the moment in the party regarding antisemitism. Being a woman member has always been somewhat of an added nuisance- … Continued

‘New Moods, Old Problems’: What we Might (Re)learn from Tony Crosland

By Phil Child / @philchild It sometimes seems that barely a week goes by without a new article, blog or comment piece drawing upon ‘lessons from Labour’s past’, with the contents of Labour’s history (recent or otherwise) excitedly rummaged through for answers, like a sort of jumble sale of socialism (and we all know how … Continued

Reflecting on #YL16: A Need for Something New

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim Standing in that conference hall in Scarborough during the Young Labour Conference this weekend at the height of the NEC and Chair elections was like being in the middle of a Venn diagram. As a delegate with no ‘-ite’, it was pressurising and, from afar and without purpose, dehumanising. People … Continued