Support Grows for Syriza’s New Model Politics

Jan 27th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Support for Greece’s new Syriza-led anti-austerity government is growing on the British left with Labour MPs putting their weight behind an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons and an open letter published in today’s Guardian (27 January).

According to the Greece Solidarity Campaign, the EDM is already backed by 12 MPs, while the Guardian letter has been signed by more than 25 Labour movement figures.

Unbalanced Britain: Work, Wages and Labour

Jan 27th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Since the crash of 2008 the dominance of corporate elites has remained largely unchanged and unchallenged. Instead we have seen ever-increasing pressure on wages and conditions of work, zero hours contracts and cuts to in-work benefits.

The ILP’s second seminar in its Unbalanced Britain series on Saturday 14 March will explore the on-going changes in the labour market and work conditions, their political and social consequences and what is being done in response, both by campaigning groups and by the Labour Party.

Join the March for Homes

Jan 25th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Thousands of Londoners will march on City Hall next Saturday (31 January) to demand an end to the housing crisis which is blighting the lives of many of the poorest people living in the capital.

GMB Welcomes Labour’s Election Pledges

Jan 25th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The GMB union has welcomed the Labour Party’s election pledges to put working people and trade unionists at the centre of the 2015 general election.

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.

Yorkshire Celebrates Tom Paine’s Birthday

Jan 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The Sheffield School of Democratic Socialism is revising a practice of 1820s British radicals by holding a meeting at the end of January in celebration of Tom Paine’s birthday.

Labour Should Outlaw Zero-Hours Contracts

Jan 9th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s opposition to zero hour contracts is important and welcome, says ERNIE JACQUES. But the Party’s approach is still far too timid.

In his speech at Senate House last month, Labour leader Ed Miliband could not have been stronger in his attack on the coalition government’s ‘zero-zero economy’ and the horrific Victorian employment practices exemplified by Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United.

We Hold Up Our Pens in Hope not Hate

Jan 8th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Yesterday’s terrible events in Paris, when 12 people lost their lives at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, have caused outrage and sadness across the world.

Earlier today (Thursday), Nick Lowles, from the campaigning organisation, HOPE not hate, released a statement expressing thoughts and sentiments which many of us share, but are struggling to put into words. Understandably, he fears a backlash from those who seek to sow division in our societies. But he is also defiant, calling on us to ‘re-double our efforts to stand up for equality, tolerance, democracy and respect’. It’s a call we must heed. This is what he wrote…

Housing and the Class Struggle

Jan 4th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, Lead

Housing, home ownership and the right to an affordable home are set to be big issues at this year’s general election, and they will be the focus of discussion at the next Wakefield Socialist History Group meeting on 28 February.

Second ‘Change: How?’ Compass Festival Announced

Jan 3rd, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Compass is holding its second ‘Change: How? Festival of Ideas’ in London on Sunday 8 February – a day-long event billed as ‘100 extraordinary people; 100 possible futures; 100 days before a nation decides’.