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Scotland’s Referendum: Why the Left Should Oppose Independence

Sep 4th, 2014 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Far from being a certain route to social democracy, as some suggest, Scottish independence is a short-cut to nowhere, says WILL BROWN. We need a longer term strategy for a progressive unionist future.

A key argument on the left of centre in Scotland, repeated this week by George Monbiot in the Guardian, is that independence will allow Scotland to achieve what it cannot in the UK: social democracy. Friends in Scotland say people are fed up with the status quo and just want a change.

The Great Stumble Forward

Feb 28th, 2014 | By willb | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

The proposed reforms to Labour’s links with the trade unions are both a significant step forward and a fudge, says WILL BROWN. While the changes should be welcomed (with some reservations), the prospect of a mass, democratic, participatory party is still a long way off.

ILP@120: Lessons from History

Jan 14th, 2013 | By willb | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

WILL BROWN reports from the Dronfield Labour Discussion Group where more than 30 activists braved a wintery night to mark the ILP’s 120th birthday on Sunday 13 January.

Debt and Democracy: National Economic Institutions in a Global Order

Aug 5th, 2012 | By willb | Category: Articles

MAURICE GLASMAN argues that institutional renewal of banks, corporate governance and land are vital to a new political economy for Labour.

Lessons of the May Day Manifesto

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features

The British New Left had a critical approach towards neoliberal and authoritarian models of modernisation, ideas shared by more recent political trends, says MICHAEL RUSTIN in this his talk to the British New Left and Labour seminar held in London in June 2012.

Reflections on Bradford West

Jun 27th, 2012 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

As the shock of the Bradford West by-election defeat fades, BARRY WINTER argues that we must learn the lessons if Labour is to rebuild a vibrant local politics.

The crisis, Europe and the left

May 14th, 2012 | By willb | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Successes for left parties in France and Greece are welcome signs of resistance to the right’s austerity measures. But the legacies of the economic crisis mean there are no easy choices for Europe’s social democrats, argues WILL BROWN.

Electoral advances for the left in Europe are long overdue coming after a succession of defeats and capitulations in recent years. But a review of the events of the past 18 months, and longer, show a world still in the midst of deep, intractable economic and political problems.

Stop Kony, stop thinking?

Mar 14th, 2012 | By willb | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

In the past week, the ‘Stop Kony’ campaign, aimed at the arrest of African ‘warlord’ Joseph Kony, leader of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army, has become an unlikely internet phenomenon. There is an undoubted justice to the campaign to the extent that, as the LRA leader, Kony is responsible for crimes against humanity stretching back many years. He ought to face justice, whether in Uganda or in the International Criminal Court.

However, argues WILL BROWN, the Kony campaign simplifies to the point of misrepresentation the complex political problems that underlie such conflicts.

The public sector strikes back

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By willb | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

On a day that saw around two million workers from 29 trade unions take strike action in defence of their pensions, thousands gathered at rallies around the UK on Wednesday 30 November.

An unacceptable way to refound Labour

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By willb | Category: Articles

Much concern has already been expressed about the way in which the Labour Party’s ‘biggest ever’ consultation exercise – Refounding Labour – has been conducted but the problems just seem to mount up.