In her first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May spoke of building a country which works for everyone and not just the privileged few. But despite warm words from successive Prime Ministers, it remains the case that in this country, where a person is born and who they are born to is the most likely determinant of what their life chances will be.
This weekend, Fabians from across the country will be meeting for our annual New Year conference. A new year is a time for fresh beginnings, and it has never felt more important for the left to face the future than now.
A recent Guardian column asked 'What should Jeremy Corbyn's brand of leftwing populism look like?'. It is not clear that leftwing populism can be succ...
Fairness and justice are the pillars on which successful, happy societies are built. The present system that siphons so much wealth to the top 1% to the impoverishment of the rest is not fair, nor just. Failure to take action will result in the whole of society becoming poorer. Jeremy Corbyn is spot on; salaries of company bosses should be no more than 20 times the wage of its lowest-paid worker.
I'm not one to exaggerate, I take no real pleasure in relaying to you my experiences during Tuesday 10th January 2017, but as cock ups go, you set a whole new level when it comes to a politician's failed attempt to reinvent themselves and offer up clarity of policies to the public at large.
I do wish Jeremy Corbyn would engage his brain before talking... A wages cap not only could not work, but also misses the target. That makes it very poor policy indeed.
For many people, 2016 was seen as a terrible year. Their worst political nightmares came to be: Brexit, and Trump winning the US presidential elections being seen as the strongest cases in point. Yet for many others - including, most obviously, Nigel Farage, those same events were seen as their political dreams coming true. 2016 was a year to treasure!
The Labour leadership now needs to build on this position and give small businesses reassurance early in the New Year that it will fight for their cause.
If you have read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been a big Corbynite over recent months. Since Jeremy's spectacular win back in 2015 to the challenge on him in 2016, I've continually backed him. But times are changing and as our poll ratings drop, my faith in the Labour Party is slowly diminishing.
Like many brands, most successful political narratives are the ones that are memorable - distinctive, tangible and succinct. Positivity is an optional extra. So is truth as of late. Here we look at the top 10 attempts to establish political brands in Britain in the 21st century. Share your own favourite with a quick poll at the end.
I've seen all the immediate analysis from Brexit and the Trump victory and it's not surprising that much of it is poor and ill thought out. This changing landscape may be something we don't fully understand for years and I don't think anyone has got the definitive vision yet (and you shouldn't expect to see it here either). However, at the end of the 2016 it's time we took stock and prepare for whatever will come next
Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.
The good news is we now know that Jeremy Corbyn does actually support the ratification of the Istanbul Convention (provided he gets to do it himself and scoop some gender-friendly brownie points) but the bad news is, he's not going to whip his MPs to support the Bill on Friday, which may or may not be due to the fact it has been proposed by a member of the SNP, during the course of a Tory Government.
Abbott isn't a Thatcherite, of course. Anything but. She is, on virtually all things, on the side of the angels in a head-to-head with Thatcher. Yet it is weird how, when it comes to the subject of immigration, she and so many others on the Left are willing to suddenly embrace the philosophy of a woman they have spent their lives opposing.
Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.
Losing a child is one of the most painful, life-altering experiences anyone can endure. Surely, if anyone deserves to have an extra financial burden lifted, it is these parents? If we want to live in a society that helps the most vulnerable, that holds out a hand to those who are struggling to go on, how can we ever justify charging parents the cost of burying their child?