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

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

The left and ‘institutional patriotism’

By Jade Azim / @JadeFrancesAzim My generation has not known the welfare state or public ownership as our parents did. We have rarely known public institutions that are completely public. Whether that means growing up in the aftermath of Right To Buy, rail privatization, the PFI boom or academisation under Cameron, I fear that my … Continued