Neoliberalism and International Catastrophes

Sep 30th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The eighth seminar in the Kilburn Manifesto series, will be held on Thursday 23 October at the Marx Memorial Library in London.

Salters Play to Perform at Cockpit Theatre

Sep 30th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new play about the pioneering ILPers, Alfred and Ada Salter, will get its first hearing at London’s Cockpit Theatre on Monday 13 October.

Constitutional Conundrums

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By willb | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Labour must deliver on the promises made to Scotland argues HARRY BARNES but difficult and complex constitutional puzzles remain.

Labour’s response to the result of the Scottish referendum and to the promise of further devolved powers to Scotland must first of all be to press to deliver what has been promised. Yet we also need to work towards a federal-style structure for the United Kingdom in which equal and co-ordinated powers will be held (as near as is possible) by Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England.

WWI: ILP Oppose the War Drive

Sep 16th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

In September 1914, ILP representatives refused to follow the Labour Party in heeding the government’s call for a national campaign of recruitment to the armed forces, arguing that they would not “stand by militarists and enemies of labour”.

Here, we reproduce a report from the Glasgow Herald of 3 September 1914 of the ILP national council’s letter of explanation to its branches and members.

Beware New Threat to the Co-op Party

Sep 12th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

After a turbulent 18 months, the recent changes to the Co-op Group’s rules were no great shock. But, says JACK STREET, the new structure could lead to funding problems for the Co-op Party in years to come.

Labour’s ‘New Approach’ Outlined by Cruddas

Sep 10th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

“Labour stands for big reform without big spending,” writes Jon Cruddas in the preface to his new pamphlet on the party’s recently completed policy review, a publication published today that claims to set out “Labour’s new approach in a time of financial constraint”.

WWI: Alternative Voices & War Resisters

Sep 10th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

A series of talks, discussions and conferences to remember those who opposed the First World War will be held in London this autumn, providing an alternative narrative to the official commemorations currently enjoying such a high profile in the media.

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.

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.

People’s NHS March Arrives in London

Aug 31st, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The People’s March for the NHS will arrive at its destination in London this Saturday, 6 September, when campaigners will be joined by thousands of demonstrators for the final leg from Red Lion Square to Westminster.