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 this Saturday, 28 February.
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 Centre for Labour and Social Studies has published a new election guide on the issues of work, pay and unions as part of a series of pamphlets highlighting what’s at stake in the parties’ policies for working people.
Tickets are still available for the Soundings one-day conference in London on 21 February 2015 to celebrate the completion of the Kilburn Manifesto and to discuss and develop its ideas.
The Co-operative Party launched its election manifesto last week, the culmination of two years work setting out plans for “an economy and society that puts people first, in which the rewards of economic success are shared by all”.
‘A Co-operative Agenda for Britain’ sets out the party’s agenda on a number of areas, including energy, transport, housing, education and public services.
Labour leader Ed Miliband committed to “put co-operative values at the heart of Labour’s platform for government” on Friday (6 February), saying that if Labour wins the general election workers will have the right to buy out the firm they work for when it comes up for sale or is threatened with closure.
Writing in Co-operative News, Miliband also promised to improve access to finance for co-ops and social enterprises through the planned British Investment Bank, and welcomed key Co-operative Party policies as important contributions to Labour’s election manifesto.
Support for the new Greek government is vital and in Labour’s interests, argues MIKE DAVIS.
Hope, dignity, bread could summarise the slogans of the newly elected Syriza party in Greece. It has been an historic victory, the first radical left party to be democratically elected in Europe since the Second World war. Expectations of the people will be high for the new government. So too will be opposition from banks, corporate capital and neoliberal politicians.
The We Own It campaign is lobbying for the Labour Party to include a Public Services Users’ Bill in its election manifesto, and calling for all supporters of publicly-owned services to put pressure on Labour’s shadow minister for procurement, Jon Trickett.
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.
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.