Labour Party Conference Report 2018: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By KD Tait Labour’s annual conference was widely judged a success. Even the normally hostile media were forced to admit that it confirmed Jeremy Corbyn as a credible Opposition leader who had finally succeeded in stamping his authority on the party. The much trailed possibility of open divisions, perhaps even a split to form a … Continue reading Labour Party Conference Report 2018: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

John McDonnell’s ‘Industrial Democracy’: From Workers Into Shareholders?

By Simon Hannah  JOHN McDonnell’s announcement at the 2018 Labour Party conference that companies with over 250 workers would have to give over 10 percent of their shares to their staff has been praised by some on the left and even got positive support in an opinion poll by Yougov. The proposal will see companies … Continue reading John McDonnell’s ‘Industrial Democracy’: From Workers Into Shareholders?

IHRA: Defy the witch-hunters’ charter

By Dave Stockton THIS SUMMER no one could ignore the remorseless campaign smearing Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership as “institutionally antisemitic”. They will also be aware of the vigorous rebuttals mounted in the press, in the party branches, and online by the comrades from Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL). JVL has performed an invaluable service … Continue reading IHRA: Defy the witch-hunters’ charter

We need a working class antifascist movement

By Bernie McAdam LABOUR'S Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has issued a call for a new Anti Nazi League “to resist racism and the growth of the far right”. This is in response to recent far right demonstrations in support of the jailed fascist Tommy Robinson organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, DFLA, and also … Continue reading We need a working class antifascist movement

Fighting the rise of the far right

By Jeremy Dewar ON JULY 14, amidst the political chaos of the Tory cabinet’s splits over Brexit and Donald Trump’s visit, a “Free Tommy Robinson” rally packed Whitehall with 6-10,000 assorted far rightists, fascists and the members of football firms, who form the base of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA). They were joined outside … Continue reading Fighting the rise of the far right

McDonnell’s “New Economics” – looking forward or avoiding reality?

By Simon Hardy Over the last few months the new Labour leadership has been conducting a series of meetings, rallies and workshops to discuss the idea of the “New Economics”. The need for such an initiative is clear; the post-Blair party is struggling to re-establish a clear identity, and the new leadership are fighting to … Continue reading McDonnell’s “New Economics” – looking forward or avoiding reality?

John McDonnell’s ‘workers cooperatives’ – profit or bust

By Dave Stockton John McDonnell's speech at the Cooperative Ways Forward Conference in Manchester on 21 January opened his campaign for what he calls "the new economics" – involving a clear break from the austerity-lite policies pursued by Labour under Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband. This was John's opening gambit in a welcome - and … Continue reading John McDonnell’s ‘workers cooperatives’ – profit or bust

Letter from Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Jon Trickett to Labour council leaders

Key extracts from the 17 December letter from Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Jon Trickett to Labour council leaders To the Leaders of Labour Councils Dear Colleague, We are writing to you as Leader of the Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Chancellor. Today the government has announced the … Continue reading Letter from Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Jon Trickett to Labour council leaders