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Labour’s Plan for Government

Dec 9th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Labour Party has published its plan for government setting out its commitments in four areas: economy, society, politics and Britain in the world.



Labour Should Outlaw Zero-Hours Contracts

Dec 9th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, 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.



Kilburn Manifesto: The Conference

Dec 4th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Soundings is organising a one-day conference in London on 21 February 2015 to celebrate the completion of the Kilburn Manifesto and to discuss and develop its ideas.



Uniting the Community

Dec 4th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Unite, the largest union in Britain, has come up with an imaginative response to the current austerity crisis by creating a community arm that supports people hard hit by the cuts. GERRY LAVERY reports on how it helps them campaign for change.

The aim of Unite Community is to unionise and embrace people “being pushed to the margins of society”, including the unemployed, volunteers, students, carers and people who have retired. Community membership, says Unite, “places organising and activism at the centre of local communities.”



Labour Needs to Push its Progressive Electoral Programme

Dec 4th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

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 who haven’t yet ploughed through the 200-page document.



Immigration Fears: Who is to Blame?

Dec 4th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

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?



Where is the Left’s Anger over Isis?

Dec 1st, 2014 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Angst over the invasion of Iraq in 2003 shouldn’t prevent the left offering real solidarity to Iraqi Kurds in 2014, argues GARY KENT.

The Kurds have long been a cause celebre for the international left. Iraqi Kurds were victims of genocide and all Kurds in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria were denied basic rights. Support for Kurdish self-determination was the watchword of many leading left-wing figures in the 1970s. The left should have a damn good reason for not supporting them now as they fight to defend democracy, women’s rights and pluralism.



Owen Jones: Our Prophet of Hope?

Nov 26th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

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.



Global Justice Now: New Name for WDM

Nov 24th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

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.



Podemos: A New Way of Politics?

Nov 20th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

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.