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Joseph Finlay

Writer and musician, writing on politics, music and religion.

Joseph Finlay is a writer and musician. He was formerly Deputy Editor of the Jewish Quarterly. His website is and he maintains a political blog at

Putting Ourselves First In This Election

This election isn't about the things it's supposed to be about. It's not about leaders, parties, candidates, rallies. It's not about wall to wall news coverage, interviews, speeches and gaffes. It's not about them. It's about us.
21/05/2017 20:31 BST

The Tories Could Lose This Election - Here's How

It's true that a Labour majority is almost impossible; it's been incredibly unlikely ever since the SNP's dominance over Scotland became cemented, and Labour's weak polling position only confirms that improbability. But that doesn't mean a Tory majority is inevitable...
20/04/2017 16:45 BST

A Progressive Alliance Is The Only Way To Defeat The Conservatives

Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.
02/10/2016 20:38 BST

Time To Put Labour NEC Reform On The Agenda

Over the last year Corbyn supporters have learned the hard way that the elected leader does not necessarily have control of the party. This has not lead to a healthy balance of power, it's lead to internal anarchy. NEC reform is urgently required, not just to make the party's governance democratic but simply to make the party function again.
26/08/2016 12:57 BST

How Labour Can Stay Together (Just)

If a progressive alliance won a majority it would introduce proportional representation, allowing progressive parties to in future stand against each other without letting the Tories win. Only then would we have a fully democratic system. That juncture, rather than now, would be the moment for Labour to dissolve itself into fully separate parties.
07/08/2016 22:02 BST

The Left Needs an Alternative Candidate in Case Corbyn Falls

I supported Corbyn last summer, and if the choice is between him and a vapid, bland centrist then I will support him again, and I predict many members will do the same. Offering a principled socialist vision to the electorate is ultimately more important that holding the Labour party together at all costs.
27/06/2016 16:38 BST

What Happens to EU Citizens Living in the UK If We Leave?

Many Brexiteers would welcome the scenario I've laid out above, it's precisely what they want. But for those sitting on the fence, or not planning to vote, I urge you to think of neighbours, friends and colleagues whose future will be put at risk by leaving. Putting all other arguments aside, I think that for the sake of these people we have a moral obligation to vote to remain. 
16/06/2016 15:09 BST

Jeremy Corbyn Is Exposing Britain's Lack of Democracy

The election of Jeremy Corbyn has been seen as a swing to the left in the Labour party - as a majority of members and registered supporters put the nails in the coffin of the New Labour project. But it may have as much to do with a call for greater democracy - something that the British political establishment has long been deeply suspicious of.
08/01/2016 09:44 GMT

This Is Not the Time for the Left to Abandon Labour

For many on the Left, the Labour party is beyond the pale. Damned as having sold out, and seen as no different from the Tories, many see the idea of voting Labour as an assault on their integrity...
13/02/2015 11:25 GMT

What Natalie Should Have Said - How to Fund the Green Party's Citizen's Income Policy

Bennett should have explained that by definition the Citizen's Income 'costs' very little - it is in fact a rearrangement of existing benefits and tax allowances. The main difference is that it gives each citizen those benefits and allowances automatically, without making them jump through hoops and subjecting them to complex means testing.
01/02/2015 20:05 GMT

Free - A Manifesto

Free is good. We should make as many things as possible free... Everyone will feel more free because of the lack of gates/checkouts and the reduction of the use of money will free our minds from having to constantly think about money.
16/07/2014 13:59 BST

How to Tax the Rich - in 10 Easy Steps

Whatever the make up of the next government - one thing is for certain - it will need to find more revenue. All parties are committed to deficit reduction, and as services and benefits have already been cut to the bone, the only way is to increase taxes on those who can afford it most. Raising taxes is always politically tricky.
20/04/2014 15:48 BST

Do We Really Need to Build More Houses?

Hundreds of thousands of people wish to live in London because of her booming economy and abundant job opportunities, so we build housing to accommodate them. How far do we go? Do we fill up every available site with the highest density accommodation possible, forcing us all into increasingly tiny dwellings?
21/02/2014 14:57 GMT

Scrap Pension Relief - Help Cut the Deficit and Increase the State Pension

Pension relief is one of the most common (and government-sanctioned ways) to avoid tax. Limiting it (especially if other exemptions and loopholes were also altered) could lead to further knock on gains for the public purse as higher earners find fewer simple ways to avoid taxation at their disposal.
28/01/2014 11:34 GMT