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Fascism Must Never Trump Democracy

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tess Finch-Lees

Now is not the time to hide in a bunker. If something's worth fighting for, be it the NHS, libraries, equality, or multi-culturalism, get out and fight for it. It'll take more than armchair activism to salvage any hope from this wreckage.

In Our Nightmare Politics Age, We Cannot Afford A Dispirited Or Insular Left

Bradley Allsop | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

If you agitate, agitate. If you sing, dance, paint, petition, campaign, teach or occupy, do it and do it quickly. Whatever you do, do it for love, tolerance, equality and hope: the fight isn't over, we aren't finished and we can have a better world than this, but only if we fight for it.

Why Is The Populist Right Winning The 21st Century?

George Gilbert | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Politics
George Gilbert

Most of all, we must realize the future does not necessarily belong to the right. But increased popular engagement - not just sharing Facebook posts - is needed: this is an age of political realignment, and one must stand up and be counted.

The Lesson That All Progressives Should Learn From Trump

Jordan Daly | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

I had to take a deep breath last night when a work colleague of mine - a young, gay man - called me over on my break because he wanted to talk about Donald Trump. "Isn't it exciting?" he said, "Trump is something completely different, I'd probably have voted for him. He isn't a politician, he's something new."

Magnificence By Howard Brenton

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the corridor outside. The auditorium has become a disused buil...

The Hidden Monster: Authoritarianism Is Not Just For The Right

Jacob Daniels | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Daniels

It saddens me. It saddens me greatly. The people who do this think they have the best intentions. But you cannot use the tools of tyrants. They are damned. They will only bring about pain, misery and oppression. I write this as a warning to those on the left. The path of liberty is narrow and it is easy to fall prey to fascism. Deals with the devil always look good to start, but you will soon learn that there is a higher price that you pay. Your soul.

Reaction To Vaz Revelations Paints Bleak Political Future

Finn McConnell | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Finn McConnell

Keith Vaz has always been a target for the right wing press, so an orchestrated, homophobic campaign to remove him from power comes as no surprise. The only scandal here was the progressive left's abandonment of their core values in failing to protect him.

The Left Who Cried Wolf

Joel Durston | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

If Jesus was resurrected tomorrow and fed hundreds of impoverished people, like the five loaves of bread and two fish parable, there would probably still be a load of morons on Twitter accusing him of being sexist, racist, 'Islamophobic', not 'inclusive' enough or all of the above.

If Corbyn is Hard Left Then A Lot of People Are Hard Left

Jonathan Rimmer | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Rimmer

Most Corbyn supporters are driven by a desire to help the less fortunate. Nobody's suggesting that the left automatically hold the moral high ground, but it increasingly feels like holding a world view based on compassion is seen as 'hard' and 'extremist' in 21st century Britain. Whatever your politics, that should be recognised as a sad thing.

The Left's Abandon of Females

Julian Vigo | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

Politics revolves around what is seen and what can be said about it, around who has the ability to see and the talent to speak, around the properties ...

Digital Democracy Meets the Oligarchs Uptown

Dr Richard Barbrook | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Dr Richard Barbrook

Can social media truly liberate the minds of the masses from the corporate propaganda of the mainstream media? Is it possible to imagine one day that people power might even become the leitmotif of the British state?

Fellow Corbynites, Wake Up: Only a Perfect Storm Can Win Us Power

Harrison Jones | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harrison Jones

Wake up to the political reality and help change it. More than just the next government, the outcome of any election featuring Corbyn will decide the left's chances for decades: and without a perfect storm it could be curtains.

Only the Left Loses If Corbyn Retains Control of Labour

Benjamin Bland | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Politics
Benjamin Bland

Labour may have lost touch with its roots under Blair, but under Corbyn it is losing touch with reality. Polling performance under Corbyn has been abysmal, especially given the divisions in the Conservative Party and Cameron's poor performance.

Why Post-Referendum We Need Centrist Politics

Rebecca Hills | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Rebecca Hills

The future of the UK outside of the EU is uncertain but if we let those with radical and divisive views take control of our country rather than moving back towards the path of centrism, the future is likely to be a far less inclusive and united place.

The Left Need to Get Behind Corbyn... and Be Prepared If He Loses

Jonathan Rimmer | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Rimmer

I'd urge anybody on the left that thinks the post-Brexit coup was a good idea to get real... David Cameron is leaving a country that is among the most unequal in Europe and where food bank use is at a record high. It's Labour's job to point out these failures - that's literally what the party is supposed to be for.

Hints of Tory Membership Flight Following May Coronation

Sam Harrison | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

In the hours following the announcement that Theresa May would become prime minister without a vote being put to the membership of the Conservative Pa...

What Next for the Labour Party?

Euan Healey | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Euan Healey

It's the million voter question. But one that I doubt I'll be able to answer - especially given that the Labour Party itself is failing to be able to answer it, as Jeremy Corbyn has today announced that he will not resign even following the loss of a vote of confidence by 172 votes to 40.

Young People Aren't Just Apathetic About the EU Ref - We Don't Like the Arguments

Jonathan Rimmer | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Rimmer

The lack of young voices in mainstream politics is disappointing yet unsurprising. However, I would argue that there's a less acknowledged reason for our lack of engagement with the EU referendum: political outlook.

The Progressive Case for Brexit

Matthew Ellery | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Ellery

If you are a progressive, it is time to make your voice heard. It isn't progressive to treat Europeans better than Indians, it isn't progressive to keep Africa poor, it isn't progressive to treat democracy with contempt and it certainly isn't progressive to tax sanitary products. Say it loud and clear, it is time to Get Britain Out.

Why Parliament May Not Be the Best Place for Scotland's Pro-Indy Left

Jordan Daly | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

WELL, that's the election out of the way. It's interesting, because what was essentially quite a dull and uninspiring campaign (my personal highlight, for example, was Willie Rennie's encounter with the volcano slide) has certainly given us an awful lot to consider with it's conclusion.

Re: Donald Trump

Sophie Bauer | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Bauer

Whatever you think of Donald, let's just admit one thing: every vaguely liberal human person out there bloody loves him. It is like we have been suffo...

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Quo Vadis Latin American Left?

Manuel Barcia | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Politics
Manuel Barcia

Has the New Left failed? Honestly, it would be difficult to find sound arguments to demonstrate that it has.

The Left and EU Exit: Some Common Threads

Christopher Bacon | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Christopher Bacon

The debate about the upcoming EU referendum has mostly been framed as a debate about migration, national sovereignty, and security. Eurosceptic Conservatives have argued against the loss of power parliament has suffered, whilst UKIP has argued that British borders are porous for as long as the UK remains in the EU...

We Can't Let the Leftist Cultural Onslaught Continue

Alan Grant | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

It is tempting to sit and wait to see how far the absurdity will go and for us on the right to capitalise on the political gains to be made, but I care too much about our culture - something has to be done.