A Petition for People’s Public Services

Jul 28th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

We Own It, the anti-privatisation campaign, has launched a public petition calling for a new Public Service Users Bill “to give us a say over our public services, put our needs first and make outsourcing companies transparent and accountable”.

ILP Profiles: Morgan Jones and the First World War

Jul 27th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

WAYNE DAVID recounts the life of Morgan Jones, an ILP councillor and anti-war activist who emerged from the hardship of prison to become the first conscientious objector elected to Parliament.

Morgan Jones was born on 3 May 1885 in the village of Gelligaer at the foot of Gelligaer mountain. His birthplace was the small Rhos Cottages, close to the ancient parish church of St Catwg. The cottages were to remain his boyhood home.

ILP Profiles: Clifford Allen – The ILP’s Enigmatic Thinker

Jul 27th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DAVID HOWELL recounts the life and career of Clifford Allen, an ILP chairman and editor between the wars, whose marginalised political vision was, perhaps, a lost alternative for the party and the progressive movement.

Reginald Clifford Allen was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, on 9 May 1889. His father owned a drapery business; his mother died aged 35 in 1903. She left her son two legacies – precarious health and moral seriousness.

WWI: Making Socialists & Opposing War in Great Yarmouth

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

MICHAEL WADSWORTH looks at the birth of Great Yarmouth ILP and the small role it played in opposing the First World War in a town renowned for seafaring and the Royal Navy.
The intention to form a branch of the ILP in Great Yarmouth was announced at an open air meeting held on Brewers Plain during [...]

Unbalanced Britain: Wealth, Power and Poverty

Jul 16th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead, News

ILP members and friends gathered at the Circle conference centre in Sheffield at the end of June for the first in a series of one-day workshops on ‘Unbalanced Britain’.

Blue Labour Thinkers Gather in Nottingham

Jul 11th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Blue Labour thinkers, supporters and activists met at Nottingham University on 5 July to discuss ‘The Strength of Association: in the Family, Community and Workplace’.

What Role for the State?

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Labour policy chief Jon Cruddas will be one of the speakers at a joint Compass and Labour for Democracy meeting on the role of the state to be held at the House of Commons on 21 July.

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.

Unbalanced Britain – Young People and the Living Wage

Jun 25th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

The living wage and the future for young people will be the focus of an ILP seminar on Unbalanced Britain in Sheffield next month.

The crash of 2008 and its aftermath revealed the self-destructive and self-serving character of neoliberal capitalism. The high and mighty bankers and financiers, and their allies, stood exposed for unleashing an economic tsunami upon humanity. Yet their dominance remains largely unchallenged and Britain is an ever more unbalanced society.

An Editor Reflects

Jun 17th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

MIKE DAVIS became editor of the Labour left publication Chartist 40 years ago. Here he reflects on the very different political world of 1974, how the left has been weakened in the intervening years, and the daunting challenges it faces today.

Chartist was a very different political animal when I took over editing in spring 1974. The banner headline on the tabloid talked of building a ‘Joint Command of Revolutionary Organisations’ and preparing for dual power. Bravely, if bonkers, a Soldier’s Charter had been produced to sell amongst troops in Aldershot and Colchester.