Keir Starmer repeats, at every opportunity, that his main objective is to win the next general election. This is a welcome change of objective. In 2019 Starmer seemed determined to lose that general election. Labour lost the 2019 general election because they attempted to reverse the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Starmer was the main architect of … Continue reading The Levellers — Editorial 1
Brexit offered a real opportunity for the working class. With Corbyn, while not exactly in control of the ship (as we’ve subsequently realised), at least being somewhere on the Bridge, there was the prospect that the opportunity might have been taken advantage of. Alas and alack, such was the incoherent basis of his support (incapable … Continue reading Starmer, Sunak’s Unwitting Ally — Editorial 2
Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (October, 2021) Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…” Running the rule over the Labour Party Conference Contents: (1) Back to College - the Electoral College (2) The main changes to the Party Rule Book: 2021 (3) Rule changes and the direction of the Party (1) … Continue reading Running the Rule over the Labour Party Conference
Council House Sales – the Financial Dilemma By Eamon Dyas It is generally accepted that the 1980 Housing Act represented the greatest shift in public housing policy since the Second World War. Michael Heseltine, the environment minister in the Conservative Government at the time, described it as a social revolution. In the sense that it … Continue reading Labour and the Housing Crisis – Part 5
Privatisations: The aftermath. by Feargus ORaghallaigh At a time when even rightwing newspapers like ‘The Times’ and ‘The Daily Telegraph’ are lamenting the failures of the privatisation of public services and the Labour leadership is afraid to talk of returning them to public ownership, it is a good idea to remind ourselves of how this … Continue reading Where’s Sid?
T levels: Reform and Disaster. The Bourbons of Vocational Education strike again. Dave Gardner. This month I was going to continue my discussion of the pros and cons of university education as a possible route to work for young people. That will have to wait until November because it is becoming apparent that a new … Continue reading What Shall I do next? – Part 9
Editorial group One of the main components of media propaganda is the reporting of events with a false context. That false context can be set either by a blatant lie or simply not providing the actual context. Not providing the actual context is a more subtle means of delivering the lie without being held responsible … Continue reading BBC Sharpening its Anti-China Propaganda
By Gwydion M. Williams Do millionaires earn their money through skill and hard work? Millionaires certainly think so. Likewise their right-wing boosters. But just look at the sums involved: it is hard to believe that they deserve that much. Could anyone be hundreds of times better than the rest of us? A Briton making £100,000 a year might indeed have earned … Continue reading Multi-Millionaires — Who are they?
Notes on the News By Gwydion M. Williams Notes on the News Afghanistan – Taliban and Nothingists Hurrey for Huawei Internet – Not Being Free Our Way Snippets Russia is Red Again Anyone For Tennis? Morocco Congratulated On Thwarting Democracy Cold Wars – Not In Our Backyard Wealth Rules in the USA Anti-State Fears Out … Continue reading Notes on the News
We have mentioned before in this magazine the work of the Institute of Employment Rights (IER). The Labour Party Green Paper: New Deal for Working People, is the outcome of discussions with the Power in the Workforce Taskforce chaired by Andy McDonald MP, with legal assistance of John Hendy QC and Prof Keith Ewing, both of … Continue reading An End to Bogus Self-employed Status – Parliament Notes 2￼
There is NATO, there is Five Eyes (the Anglo-Saxon English speaking alliance between Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US); there is the Quadrilateral Security Dialog—the so-called "Quad"—a strategic engagement between Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, there is the 1971 Five Powers Defence Arrangements, (Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK). Now … Continue reading Aukus – Parliament Notes 1
RMT Press Office: RMT says damning new financial investigation shows Govia should be stripped of remaining GTR franchise after government nationalises Southeastern. RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to strip Govia of its Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise and nationalise it after the union published research today raising further questions about the … Continue reading Rail in Public Ownership
Public ownership is popularThe text below—a slightly abridged Facebook post by the group We Own It—makes you realise how extraordinary it is that Starmer and Reeves explicitly refused to make nationalisation a key policy for a future labour government, when public opinion and influential right wingers are for it. “People are waking up to the … Continue reading Public Ownership is popular