Posts Tagged ‘ Ethical socialism ’

ILP@125: Reflections on the ILP’s History

Jan 14th, 2018 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Frontpage, History, Lead

The ILP celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. BARRY WINTER marks the organisation’s brithday with a brief survey of its history and consideration of the lessons it can pass on to today’s left.



The Movement and its Message

Jan 3rd, 2018 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

BARRY WINTER reviews a new book on the Labour Church, and suggests the much-forgotten movement provides an important guide on how to remake left politics in the modern age.

Huddersfield-born Labour leader, Harold Wilson famously declared that the British Labour movement owes more to Methodism than Marxism. While he was right to recognise the religious influences upon many early socialists, it would be wrong to presume this meant they were not very radical. As Paul Mason once tweeted, “If people only knew how revolutionary Methodism was!” The socialist historian, Edward Thompson would have agreed.



Under Siege: The ILP in the Interwar Years

Oct 20th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, News

Despite its decline, the Independent Labour Party preserved the values of democratic socialism during the interwar years, according to ILP historian Ian Bullock in his new book, due to be published by Athabasca University Press.



Robert Blatchford, the Clarion and Socialism as a Way of Life

Oct 16th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, History, Lead

STEVE THOMPSON sketches a brief profile of Robert Blatchford, the founding editor of The Clarion newspaper, who campaigned for socialism as a way of life.



Jayaben Desai and the ILP Tradition

Aug 30th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Saturday 20 August 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when Jayaben Desai walked out of the Grunwick photo-developing company in London, igniting a strike which drew support from thousands. GRAHAM TAYLOR remembers the woman whose dignity in dispute recalled the ethical traditions of the ILP.

For Jayaben Desai, the Grunwick strike was about low pay, compulsory overtime, trade union recognition and the inferior social status of women and immigrants – but it was also about human dignity. Tired of being humiliated, she said: “I want my freedom.”



A Day for Ada

Jul 18th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The Labour left today could do with a few members like Ada Salter, the quietly-spoken, peace-loving ILPer whose pioneering work transformed south-east London in the early decades of the 20th century. MATTHEW BROWN attended the first Ada Salter Day.

There have been many reasons in recent weeks to yearn for a different kind of left, and a different kind of Labour Party. The inaugural Ada Salter Day provided yet more cause to reflect on what a committed, campaigning, credible and radically-minded Labour movement can achieve, at its best, and how much is now under threat from its current sad state and potential demise.



London to Celebrate Ada Salter Day

Jun 24th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Ada Salter’s 150th birthday will be celebrated in south east London on the weekend of 15-16 July with a series of events to mark the extraordinary legacy of this pioneering ILPer on the people and politics of Bermondsey, London and the country.



Ada Salter and the Origins of Ethical Socialism

May 19th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

In writing his lauded biography of ILPer Ada Salter, GRAHAM TAYLOR began to wonder about the ILP’s ethical socialism. In a recent lecture to the Socialist History Society, he traced the history of those ideas and values which the Salters epitomised through their lives in south east London.

I must start with a confession. When I began to study Ada Salter I was not fully aware of ethical socialism and I learned about it as I went along. What I have to say therefore is only a product of three years researching the book.



How the Co-op Lost its Purpose

May 3rd, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Without its history, its politics and its connection to the wider movement, the Co-operative Group is just like any other supermarket chain, says STEVE THOMPSON.



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.