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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.

The LSESU's Double Standards on Paris and Syria Show How Far the Left Has Fallen

Fionn Shiner | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

A bit of light Tory-bashing never hurt anyone, and, indeed, gets you lots of likes on Facebook. But calling ISIS a bunch of marauding maniacs, might, you know, hurt someone's feelings. And what if I look Islamaphobic? Or racist? Or culturally insensitive?

There's a Company Trying to Change the World... By Selling Tea Towels

Tom Bailey | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

Let me take you back to the 12th of September, 2015: Jeremy Corbyn has just won the Labour Leadership election with a landslide victory and 59% of the vote. There's a speech, a pub, some red flags and wait, what's that? A tea towel?

RISE Conference: From the Floor

Jordan Daly | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

This weekend, I attended my first political conference. Like many other young people across Scotland, my engagement with active politics began throughout the 2014 referendum - the energy, vibrancy and diversity that the campaign created was infectious; and it left a lot of us with a drive to effect real change through direct activism and participation.

A Rumbling of Tumbrils: What Blairite Labour MPs Need to Do to Avoid the Slaughter

John Watson | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Watson

The only answer is to go up to the battlements and look again to the West where, as in the best stories, the traduced brother sit in lonely exile. When will he come? Will he be dressed as Batman or as Superman? Will he be wearing lycra or leather? The last question at least is best left to those who enjoy fantisizing about such matters.

Conservatives Must Hold Their Heads High in the Face of the 'New, Kinder Politics'

David Browne | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

As the Conservative Party Conference draws to a close, we have been treated to some of the worst displays of political intolerance by the British New Left since the riots which followed the General Election. However, as Conservatives, we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated, nor to simply consider such behaviour an "occupational hazard" of being right-wing in Britain today.

The Rise of the Left Is Vitally Important for Scotland's Future

Jordan Daly | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jordan Daly

Let RISE fill that void, and give it a chance. Don't wipe them out just yet - wait, follow their campaign trail and you'll see that they're a very much needed breath of fresh air. And, when it comes to your second ballot in May - RISE with us for a better Scotland.

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 15.07.2016 | 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 15.06.2016 | 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 03.06.2016 | 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.