BARRY WINTER was one of 260 people who piled into the largest lecture theatre at Leeds Beckett University last week to hear left wing author and journalist Owen Jones. He left feeling impressed, and a little bit inspired.
With discussion of immigration becoming ever more toxic, how should progressives respond to UKIP’s blame game and what can they offer as a humane approach?
HARRY BARNES has analysed Labour’s electoral programme and believes it starts to ‘open the door’ towards democratic socialism. He’s also provided a readable 16-part summary for those of us who haven’t yet ploughed through the 200-page document. Here, he outlines what it says about Ed Miliband’s Labour Party.
Under Ed Miliband’s leadership we seem to have come to a programme which seeks (a) to regulate the role of capitalism and (b) produce a more equitable society. This is not a fully fledged democratic socialist programme, nor does it claim that that is our direction of travel: yet it does start to open the door to such a development.
The World Development Movement will have a new name next year when it is relaunched as Global Justice Now following a vote of the organisation’s members last month.
The sudden rise on the Spanish political scene of Podemos, a radical political party based on the indignados 15M movement, will be the subject of discussion at the next Taking Soundings meeting in Leeds on Wednesday 26 November.
A full reading of Alison Mead’s play ‘Politic Man’, about pioneering ILPers Alf and Ada Salter, will be staged in Kent on Monday 24 November.
One hundred years on from the start of World War One, PAUL SIMPSON remembers the tale of a Durham ILPer and conscientious objector who died in prison for his anti-war beliefs.
As we approach Remembrance Day on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, I am reminded of an account I read a few years ago of a horrifying incident which took place in the County Durham pit village of Quebec where I live, which I think is worth sharing as a striking example of the inhumanity of the 1914-18 war.
Two innovative exhibitions are currently showing in the gallery at Barnsley’s Civic Theatre to mark the legacy of the 1984/5 miners’ strike.
HOPE not Hate has launched a petition condemning the government’s decision to withdraw support for migrant rescue missions in the Mediterranean, describing the stance as “inhumane and unacceptable for a modern civilised country”.