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One afternoon, 100 Speakers, One Hell-of-an Experience

Feb 18th, 2015 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER was intrigued, confused and stimulated by the recent Compass event in London, the second of its ‘Change: How?’ events.

Many on the left are recognising the need to do politics differently. They feel that the world is in flux, that more imaginative ways of engaging with each other and wider society is now vital. Compass is at the forefront of these initiatives.

The Case for Democratic Devolution

Jan 19th, 2015 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

In recent decades our society has become seriously and, indeed, dangerously unbalanced in a series of crucial, yet interlinked, ways. BARRY WINTER argues that regional devolution could play an important part in re-democratising and re-balancing society.

Unbalanced Britain is being subjected to growing poverty and widening social inequalities generally; to increasing and irresponsible financial and corporate power, with the rich growing ever richer; and, in England (London aside), to a degree of political centralisation unequalled in much of western Europe.

Owen Jones: Our Prophet of Hope?

Nov 26th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER was one of 260 people who piled into the largest lecture theatre at Leeds Beckett University last week to hear left wing author and journalist Owen Jones. He left feeling impressed, and a little bit inspired.

Unbalanced Britain: This Sorry State

Oct 20th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

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.

Scotland’s Referendum: Reimagining a Nation

Sep 5th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER reviews Common Weal, the new book from the Jimmy Reid Foundation, which sets out a vision for Scotland run by its people, for its people.

“Scotland’s people are in a unique position – we have been invited to imagine our nation afresh.” So argues Robin McAlpine in the opening sentence of his interesting and unusual book, Common Weal. In doing so, he vividly displays the enthusiasm shown by many on the Scottish left – and beyond – for the opportunities presented by the referendum.

Unbalanced Britain: Corporate Power and our Me-Based Culture

Jul 1st, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Over the past 30 years the New Right, aided and abetted in some respects by New Labour, has introduced changes that have profoundly damaged, not only our economy, but British culture and politics. The result, says BARRY WINTER, is a seriously unbalanced society.

We live in an era of what the American philosopher, Michael Sandel, describes as ‘market triumphalism’ – a society dominated by the demands of huge corporations, for which we are paying a heavy price.

Tony Benn, the Labour Left ‘and all that’

May 30th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

BARRY WINTER reflects on Tony Benn’s personality and politics, interweaving his own memories of the period as he considers the left’s failures in the 1970s and ’80s and the lessons for those seeking progressive change today.

Few people in contemporary politics have attracted such public affection as Tony Benn. In spite of years of vilification by the media, he remained popular to the end of his life. In fact, he was an inspiration to a surprisingly wide range of people, young and old, politically active and otherwise.

A Tale of Two Speeches

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour leader Ed Miliband and the party’s policy review chief Jon Cruddas made separate but complementary speeches recently that merit thoughtful consideration, says BARRY WINTER.

Lest we Forget

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles

Priyamvada Gopal’s article on the resistance to the First World War (Honour those who fought – and those who would not, 28 February) provides an excellent and much needed rebalancing of the debate about the war. She rightly argues that those who opposed the conflict also deserve remembering. Not least the sacrifices that many of [...]

Unbalanced Britain: What Can We Do?

Dec 13th, 2013 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Our society has been deranged by neoliberal capitalism, says BARRY WINTER. How can the creative, reflective forces of the progressive left begin to counter the huge imbalances in power and wealth?