Left Wing

The Hysteria of the Blairites Betrays How Little They Understand Politics

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

There is more than a whiff of irony surrounding claims that Corbyn and his ilk are stuck in the past because a left-wing manifesto failed in 1983, an irony that quickly graduates to outright hypocrisy when Blairism is then quickly suggested as the formula to emulate.

The Calais Crisis Will Only be Resolved With Compassion and Pragmatism

Alan Grant | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Alan Grant

Perhaps if we remembered that in this bleak world of ours Britain shines like a beacon of freedom, tolerance and compassion then we can be proud of ourselves, proud to help others and proud to push the international community to do its best. If we can rally round a positive patriotism about the place we're lucky enough to call home then we can drown-out the anti-British naysayers as well as helping those who sincerely need our help.

Amidst the Monotony Corbyn Gives Us Something New

Mariya Hussain | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mariya Hussain

Jeremy Corbyn has entered the Labour leadership race, and in a world of cardboard cut-out, stick-to-the-centre-and-don't-really-oppose politicians, he is rising to the top with the help of grass roots activists and supporters.

A Wake-Up Call for Pro-Europeans

Alan Grant | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Being, generally speaking, a man of the libertarian right wing the reader might find it odd that I have a somewhat begrudging respect for the Guardian...

Who Is Jeremy Corbyn?

Louise Wilson | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

Jeremy Corbyn secured the backing of 35 fellow parliamentarians for the Labour party leadership contest on Monday, in what was a nail-biting race to get his nomination in on time. Or at least, nail-biting for anyone who cared whether his name appears on the ballot sheet - of which there are few enough.

What is Happening to the Left?

Fionn Shiner | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

On a more positive note, the Left has been in disarray before and it has come back from the brink before. What it takes is leftwing people to work as a cohesive group, supporting one another in their quest for a more just society, not driven by profit but driven by humanity. But, most of all, what it needs is strong leadership. Where that is going to come from I do not know but someone will emerge - they always do.

The Tories Just Declared War: Are the Left Ready For It?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

This Parliament must be the Left's Bildungsroman, its coming of age, its transformation once more into a powerful and compelling political force: the human and environmental devastation that awaits should we fail is simply too high a price to pay.

The Right-Wing Victory - Can We Really Complain?

Cohan Chew | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Cohan Chew

The election results at the start of the month came as quite a shock. With a Labour-SNP coalition taking the lead at the polls, a Tory majority seemed highly unlikely. However, winning just over 50% of the 650 seats, the Conservative party shamed the pollsters' predictions.

An Open Letter to Tim Farron

Hisham Nehar | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Hisham Nehar

With you as the front runner and likely successor to Clegg as Liberal Democrat Leader, I feel I ought to express some thoughts and make some points to consider moving forward after the party's decimation at the election.

Is Lovely Bubbly "Champagne Socialism" What People Actually Want?

Tom Conrad | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Conrad

The success of unregulated capitalism isn't because it's the better system, but because capitalists continue to win the propaganda war.

This Is Not the Time for the Left to Abandon Labour

Joseph Finlay | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

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...

Splitting the Left - Labour or Green

James Woolven | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Woolven

Do I vote again for a party whose values do not correspond with my own, and remain hopeful that Labour will shift back to the left? Or do I move on, vote for a party whose policies I more closely believe in, and hope for a radical shift in the national allocation of seats?

Does Monbiot Ask Left to Break the Political Mould and Then Sit Down in the Pieces?

Mark Brewer | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Brewer

Monbiot is speaking to those of us who have, for some time, become disillusioned about the fact that any kind of drastic political reform (dare I say "revolution"?) seems impossible in this country. By pointing to reform of governmental bodies, tax reforms to a local-authority system, and the prevention on money-creation by private banks, Monbiot cooks up some tasty, Green morsels for the disillusioned left to digest.

Is There Any Room for the Right in Student Politics?

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

The anti-establishment nature of the student movement has also been a permanent, seemingly uncompromising fixture. Some of the major issues facing students too - rising rents and the day-to-day costs of living for example - could arguably be fixed by implementing a series of interventionist policies than by relying on the free market.

Student Activism Is Run By Selfish Lefties - Shocker?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lukas Mikelionis

The fact is that maddening fatuous narcissist left wing zealots run student unions, societies, groups, and the whole activism complex. For them, the primary duty isn't to represent students' interests, rather contrary, it's to ensure that their interests are in tact since it's "for the greater good."

Nigel Farage, Andrew Lawrence and Ukip - The Biggest Whiners in Society

Lee Kern | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Comedy
Lee Kern

When people legitimately challenged Andrew's point of view - providing him with logic, evidence and counter-argument - Andrew did what any Ukip-loving coward does - he hid behind a paranoid and imagined claim of persecution to avoid responding to the challenges leveled his way.

Why Aren't More People Going Green?

Joel Durston | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The Scottish independence debate prompted numerous claims from the left of the Scots actually having a chance to decide their own future. This isn't a new complaint - many groups, Occupy and the People's Assembly among others, have been posing it, especially since the economic collapse.

The British Left Just Came Roaring Back to Life

Bradley Allsop | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

Youth membership has doubled since the European elections. National membership is up 28% since the start of the year, at a time when Labour and the Tories memberships are declining. Polling close to a junior member of government...For too long there has been a void in British politics, but it is now filled. The British Left has just come roaring back, and politics is about to get interesting.

A Message to the Left

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Instead of arguing that we should all remain unhappy in the UK for the sake of futile and abstract 'class solidarity', let's wake up to the fact that Scottish Independence offers the best opportunity for radical change that we on the left will see in our lifetime.

Renationalising the Railways, So Obvious Even Tories Support It!

Jake Hurfurt | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jake Hurfurt

Renationalisation. It is the rarest of policies, enjoying broad cross-voter support, whilst making economic sense. It works in Europe; it will save Britain money and ensure higher quality rail services. It's not a bold policy Ed, it should be obvious - promise to renationalise in 2015.

Why Are Left-Wing People So Annoying?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It was quite a proud accolade for me when I was described as being 'insanely left-wing'. Because it's a good thing to be left-wing, isn't it? It means that you care about other people being equal and you don't want to shoot immigrants or privatize everything including human souls...

Five Messages for Ed Miliband on Foreign Policy

Rachel Briggs | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rachel Briggs

When prime minister Miliband walks into Downing Street on 8 May 2015, he will inherit a foreign and security policy machine that needs fixing. The country can't afford to support its ambitions for world leadership; new alliances are needed with the private sector; investment is needed in systems capacity - especially technological and linguistic...

Who Reads The Papers?

Ben Mirza | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Social and political leanings dictate who reads what, and here's a rundown of which newspapers appeal to which people.

Brand: The Left Are Too 'Morally Superior' To Interest People

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK

Frustration and anger at politicians and the Westminster village serves to turn ordinary people off politics altogether, rather than usher in the "rev...

One In 10 Voters Think Nigel Farage Leans Towards The Left

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

One in ten voters believe Nigel Farage leans to the left, according to some rather confusing poll results. Voters surveyed in an Ipsos MORI poll fo...