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    The Progressive Alliance and a War of Position

    Is the Progressive Alliance an idea whose time has come? GERRY LAVERY thinks so after reading a new Compass pamphlet on the election initiative.

    The call for a Progressive Alliance starts from the idea that our electoral system gives the Conservatives a built-in advantage and enables them to govern nationally even though most people do not vote for them. With some co-operation between ‘progressive’ parties, we could counter this injustice and ensure a candidate from a non-Tory party takes the seat.

Features

featuredimage The Age-Old Roots of Labour’s Current Crisis

Labour is facing an existential crisis, and parallels with the 1980s are painfully obvious. But the roots of the current ...

featuredimage ‘Common Sense’ and Benefit Sanctions

In an extensive discussion paper, Unite Community member GERRY LAVERY considers how Antonio Gramsci’s ideas could help challenge popular attitudes ...

featuredimage Re-balancing Education: Dear Labour Councillor…

BEN SELLERS wrote an angry and articulate open letter to Durham County councillors on his blog last month, following their ...

News

Co-op Members to Vote on Political Link – Again!

Co-op members are once again being asked to vote on the Group’s political link to the Co-operative Party, established by the movement exactly 100 years ago.

Events

Barcelona May Days: 80 Years On

The street-fighting that took place in Barcelona in May 1937 remains one of the most controversial episodes of the Spanish Civil War. Hundreds died as the city was criss-crossed by a labyrinth of barricades.

Comment

Unlocking Gramsci for Challenging Times

In this introduction to a new pamphlet on Antonio Gramsci, BARRY WINTER argues that the Italian thinker’s political insights offer a way forward for the left, and can help it tackle the dominance of ideas and practices that divide and disempower us.

History

The Lessons of 1917 … And All That!

IAN BULLOCK marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution by arguing that the profoundly anti-political stance that took root among Leninists had dire and lasting consequences for socialism in the west.