Left Wing

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 15.07.2015 | 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 02.05.2016 | 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.