Labour Needs to Push its Progressive Electoral Programme

    HARRY BARNES has analysed Labour’s electoral programme and believes it starts to ‘open the door’ towards democratic socialism. He’s also provided a readable 16-part summary for those of us who haven’t yet ploughed through the 200-page document. Here, he outlines what it says about Ed Miliband’s Labour Party.

    Under Ed Miliband’s leadership we seem to have come to a programme which seeks (a) to regulate the role of capitalism and (b) produce a more equitable society. This is not a fully fledged democratic socialist programme, nor does it claim that that is our direction of travel: yet it does start to open the door to such a development.


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BARRY WINTER was one of 260 people who piled into the largest lecture theatre at Leeds Beckett University last week ...

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One hundred years on from the start of World War One, PAUL SIMPSON remembers the tale of a Durham ILPer ...

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While the clear No victory in the Scottish referendum was a huge relief to many, the political minefield the campaign ...


Global Justice Now: New Name for WDM

The World Development Movement will have a new name next year when it is relaunched as Global Justice Now following a vote of the organisation’s members last month.


Immigration Fears: Who is to Blame?

With discussion of immigration becoming ever more toxic, how should progressives respond to UKIP’s blame game and what can they offer as a humane approach?


Unbalanced Britain: This Sorry State

BARRY WINTER assesses the work of David Marquand and considers what it can offer a left desperately seeking some answer to society’s massive imbalance in power and wealth.


WWI: Down with the War!

On 6 August 1914, just nine days after the start of what came to be known as World War One, the ILP published a front page appeal in its weekly journal, Labour Leader, imploring the “workers of Great Britain” to unite with those across Europe and resist the government’s call to arms.