Labour’s Nuclear Question

Apr 29th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Can Labour find a way to bridge its divisions over Trident? Or will a policy to scrap the nuclear warheads strike a final nail into the party’s electoral coffin? BARRY WINTER calls for a national debate and a Labour-led referendum on the issue.

Britain’s nuclear defence strategy has often sown deep divisions within the Labour movement. No less so today given Jeremy Corbyn’s ardent opposition to the party’s current policy to renew Trident. While 68 per cent of members today share his views, he faces formidable, not to say fierce criticism from within the party and the unions.

Funds Needed for Sylvia Pankhurst Statue

Apr 13th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The campaign to build a London statue to the socialist suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, is calling for donations towards its goal of erecting a monument outside the Marx Memorial Library on Islington’s Clerkenwell Green.

Pigs, PR and Politics

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

GERRY LAVERY reviews Call Me Dave, the recent very unauthorised biography of the prime minister, and asks what Labour and the left have to learn from his and the Tories’ electoral success.

Talking Labour History

Apr 8th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Paul Preston and Jane Martin will be the key speakers at the Labour Heritage annual general meeting on 21 May when discussions will focus on the Spanish Civil War and the education reformist and socialist, Caroline Benn.

Hunting for the Real Keir Hardie

Apr 8th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

We should remember ‘diverse Keir Hardies’, argues DAVID HOWELL, versions of the ILP founder that stretch beyond the simplicities of socialist canonisation and patronising dismissal, but never attain the dubious establishment honour of ‘national treasure’.

Rethinking Housing

Apr 5th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In November 2015 Labour’s Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton launched the Building Homes for Britain report. Here, its researcher and editor SIMON JOSE outlines the report’s core ideas and explains why a complete rethink of housing policy is needed.

For decades the housing market has trundled towards the chaotic state it is in today. With house prices rocketing, especially in London, a largely unregulated private rented sector and restrictions on building affordable homes, that crisis is now at boiling point.

Keep It Co-op – Again!

Mar 31st, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Keep It Co-op campaign has been re-launched just a year after winning a resounding victory in a vote to retain the historic link between the Co-operative Group and the Co-operative party.

ILP Profiles: David Rhys Jones – Welsh Socialist Pioneer

Mar 31st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History

MARTIN WRIGHT assesses the life and contribution of David Rhys Jones, a little-known ILPer and early campaigner for Welsh socialism.

The Housing Crisis and the Struggle for Affordable Homes

Mar 31st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The government’s housing policies are aimed directly at people with the fewest resources and the lowest resistance, says ELLEN ROBOTTOM – which means community campaigns such as hers are more vital than ever.

In his discussion of the Housing and Planning Bill, Dr Quintin Bradley explored an increasingly familiar characteristic of ‘welfare’ policy: namely, that it functions as both an economic and ideological intervention – replacing collective values with a notion of ‘fairness’ defined as paying one’s own way in the private market.

Ada Salter Talk at Marx Memorial Library

Mar 29th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Author Graham Taylor will deliver a Socialist History Society lecture on the pioneering ILPer and feminist Ada Salter at London’s Marx Memorial Library on Tuesday 26 April.