Posts Tagged ‘ Capitalism ’

Standing Without Clapping – Assessing Corbyn’s Labour

Oct 10th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Labour’s position now looks similar to its 1945 stance, but we live in an entirely different nation and a much altered world. HARRY BARNES considers what the ’45 government achieved and what Corbyn’s party can learn from those years.

The 1945 Labour government created full employment, a welfare state, the NHS, nationalised industries, the 1944 Education Act, a major council house building programme, and began the shift from Empire to Commonwealth.



The Road to Brexit: Why We Are So Divided

Feb 11th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Our society is deeply divided and full of uncertainty. HUGO RADICE asks how we got here and wonders what it might take to create a more equal and united world.



Orgreave: Still Waiting for Justice

Nov 10th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The news that there will not be a public inquiry into the events at Orgreave during the 1984-85 miners’ strike was described by Labour’s Andy Burnham as ‘an estabishment stitch-up’. GERRY LAVERY recalls what happened 32 years ago and reports on the campaigners’ fights for justice.

The news that there will not be a public inquiry – or even a review – into the events of Orgreave in 1984 was described by Barbara Jackson, secretary to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC), as “devastating and shocking”. In a defiant message to the government, members of the campaign made it clear that they would carry on until they get justice.



Debating the EU: Sovereignty, Autonomy and Power

Mar 12th, 2016 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

The ever louder debate over the European Union is hampered by confusion and misunderstanding about state sovereignty, says WILL BROWN. The left is often befuddled itself which does nothing to help it confront the real issues.



Looking for Scotland’s Alternative Futures

Nov 17th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Soundings are holding a workshop in Glasgow on Saturday 12 December to examine the themes of their Kilburn Manifesto, After Neoliberalism?, in relation to Scotland’s rapidly changing political context.



Make the Living Wage Compulsory

Nov 12th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Features, Frontpage, Lead

While recent rate increases are welcome, the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary approach to employers is not working, says ERNIE JACQUES.



Britain’s Post-Election Blues

Jul 21st, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

DOREEN MASSEY and MICHAEL RUSTIN are the founders and guiding lights behind the Kilburn Manifesto, one of the most cogent analyses of neoliberalism and the state of the left. Here they provide a brief reflection on the general election and what it means for the future of social democracy.

At the closing of the polls on election day in the UK, an ‘exit poll’ dashed nearly everyone’s expectations that the outcome would be a ‘hung parliament’. The Labour Party is in a state of shock.



Chartist Unveils its Anti-Austerity Manifesto

Apr 6th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In a period awash with party election manifestoes, the left magazine and campaign group, Chartist, has unveiled its own manifesto for “a properly democratic socialist alternative to austerity”.

Chartist’s 2015 manifesto is a revised version of one published by its editorial board in 2007 – “the year before financial capitalism fell in on itself”. “Capitalism has re-emerged in uglier form,” explains an introduction to the new document. “This manifesto, in this election year, is a starting point for Chartist readers and friends.”



Kilburn Manifesto: The Conference

Feb 15th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

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.



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.