Posts Tagged ‘ Financial crisis ’

Spain’s Election: Whither the 15-M Movement?

Nov 30th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Spaniards are facing a political moment of truth when they go to the polls on 20 December this year when even the future of the state is in question. GEORGINA BLAKELEY traces the impact of the 15-M Movement which erupted so dramatically onto the Spanish political scene four years ago.

On 15 May 2011, demonstrations took place in about 50 Spanish cities organised over the internet by Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now). These were protests against the economic crisis, austerity measures imposed by the Socialist government, staggeringly high youth unemployment and an unresponsive political system.



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.



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.



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.



Support Grows for Syriza’s New Model Politics

Jan 27th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

Support for Greece’s new Syriza-led anti-austerity government is growing on the British left with Labour MPs putting their weight behind an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons and an open letter published in today’s Guardian (27 January).

According to the Greece Solidarity Campaign, the EDM is already backed by 12 MPs, while the Guardian letter has been signed by more than 25 Labour movement figures.



Unbalanced Britain: Corporate Power and our Me-Based Culture

Jul 1st, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Over the past 30 years the New Right, aided and abetted in some respects by New Labour, has introduced changes that have profoundly damaged, not only our economy, but British culture and politics. The result, says BARRY WINTER, is a seriously unbalanced society.

We live in an era of what the American philosopher, Michael Sandel, describes as ‘market triumphalism’ – a society dominated by the demands of huge corporations, for which we are paying a heavy price.



Rethinking the Economy

May 27th, 2014 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin will introduce the latest instalment of the Kilburn Manifesto at the seventh seminar in the series at London’s Marx Memorial Library on Tuesday, 10 June.



Unite Calls for Commons Debate on Hunger

Dec 5th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The Unite union has joined calls for a parliamentary debate into UK hunger as foodbanks brace themselves to feed 60,000 people this Christmas.



Stick With Co-op, Urges New Campaign

Nov 4th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A new campaign is urging existing Co-op Bank customers not to move their accounts from the Co-op in an effort to ensure that the bank sticks to its ethical principles.



Can the Left Think Differently?

Oct 21st, 2013 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

The humanitarian impact of the economic crisis puts Europe’s social and economic stability at risk, says KEN CURRAN.