The Christine Shawcroft column Years and years ago, in the Paleolithic period when I was quite young, I used to be married. And one of the reasons for my subsequent divorce was that there were three people in my marriage. Me, the poor misguided creature who’d married me (without realising what he was letting himself… Continue reading On the Outside
Liverpool Cressington Ward Labour Councillor, Sam Gorst, calls for Starmer to apologise for writing for The S*n. On 18th January 2020, I attended the Labour Leadership hustings in my home city of Liverpool. I was eagerly writing down the pros and cons of all the candidates and scoring them. Unsurprisingly, I went in believing that… Continue reading How bloody dare you, Keir!
John Stewart, Hackney North & Stoke Newington CLP, looks at the leadership’s abuse of the party’s disciplinary system. Labour approaches its Annual Conference in a state of some distress. The party is faced with a consistent Tory poll lead, discontent and disillusionment among a steadily falling membership and a quarter of staff about to lose… Continue reading Purging Labour’s Left
Richard Price reviews Algiers, Third World Capital: Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers by Elaine Mokhtefi, Verso 241pp. £9.99 Born into a secular Jewish family in Depression-era America, Elaine Klein “had little idea of what being Jewish meant” except from the era’s pervasive antisemitism. Her lack of a sense of belonging was deepened by the family… Continue reading Algerian Revolution
Richard Price reviews Corbynism: What Went Wrong? By Martin Thomas (Phoenix Press, 60 pp, £4) Days of Hope On 13th June 2015, outside the SWP’s Marxism fest, a leading member of Workers Liberty gave me a half-hour ear bashing for “wasting my time in the Labour Party”. Nominations for the Labour leadership contest were due… Continue reading Corbynism from the Ground Floor
Poppy Pendolino looks at the situation on Britain’s railways and call for safe and affordable public transport. In May, the Frankenstein that was privatised British railways finally met its end. Though Keith Williams had been commissioned to write his rail reform report in 2018, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that was the catalyst for the… Continue reading On the wrong track