Posts Tagged ‘ Social democracy ’

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 Crisis of Social Democracy

May 23rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The future of social democracy comes under scrutiny in a new publication from Compass chair Neal Lawson who argues that the Labour Party needs to undergo radical change if it is to remain relevant in the 21st century.



Which Way to Labour’s Radical Future?

Sep 25th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, News

Election defeat and Corbyn’s victory framed the discussions at the ILP’s joint conference with Compass last weekend where the prospects of Labour’s renewal and signs of radical hope were uppermost in people’s minds.



Former MP Calls For ‘Manifestos of Intent’ From Leadership Candidates

May 19th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Former Labour MP Harry Barnes has called for Labour’s leadership candidates to issue ‘Manifestos of Intent’ to explain their intended programme and help members decide who to vote for.



Labour’s Fightback Will Be Harder Than We Can Yet Imagine

May 19th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

David Cameron may have returned to Downing Street with a thin majority, but Labour must not kid itself. Coming back from this defeat will be very hard. The road to recovery will be far tougher than the route Labour has just tried and failed to plot, argues ANDREW HARROP.



Why Labour Needs to Change

May 19th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Like many on the left, the election result came as a nasty shock to JONATHAN TIMBERS. Yet despite the desperate outlook, he believes a future Labour government is possible if the party becomes a very different kind of organisation.

Some on the left say they do not expect to see another Labour government in their lifetime. But the results were not the final nail in the coffin of a social democratic Labour Party. They were a reasonable response to a Labour leadership lost outside its heartlands, plus the most adept Tory leader since Stanley Baldwin.



Scotland’s Referendum: Why the Left Should Oppose Independence

Sep 4th, 2014 | By willb | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

Far from being a certain route to social democracy, as some suggest, Scottish independence is a short-cut to nowhere, says WILL BROWN. We need a longer term strategy for a progressive unionist future.

A key argument on the left of centre in Scotland, repeated this week by George Monbiot in the Guardian, is that independence will allow Scotland to achieve what it cannot in the UK: social democracy. Friends in Scotland say people are fed up with the status quo and just want a change.



A Tale of Two Speeches

Mar 15th, 2014 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Labour leader Ed Miliband and the party’s policy review chief Jon Cruddas made separate but complementary speeches recently that merit thoughtful consideration, says BARRY WINTER.



The Case For Public Ownership

Nov 26th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage

Arguments for public ownership did not start with Sidney Webb, nor end with Tony Blair, says HARRY BARNES. Once we create the conditions, we might be surprised at just how revolutionary our gradualism can become.



The Need for Engagement

Jun 27th, 2013 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Comment, Frontpage, Lead

Merely denouncing ‘One Nation Labour’ as more of the same is a political cul-de-sac, argues MATTHEW BROWN. We need to recognise some genuine attempts to rethink the left’s project and engage with the best of their ideas.