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The Future of the Left - A New Narrative

Christopher Bacon | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher Bacon

The defining feature of the Tory campaign was its insistence that voting for the Labour party would be economically reckless, that the Labour party would overspend and doom the country. It seems that, at the last minute, part of the electorate found those arguments compelling, choosing to elect a Tory majority.

Let's Get Over Our Scotland-Envy and Join Up

Indra Adnan | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Without a similar cause, how can the rest of the UK's broad left transcend its differences and make a break from politics as usual? Interestingly that moment and that opportunity is now upon us.

J'accuse: Charlie Hebdo and the Rank Stupidity of the Infantile Left

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karthick Ram Manoharan

s far Islamist terrorism goes, maybe the Left should remember what Robespierre, the patriarch of modern day revolutionaries, said - "To punish the oppressors of humanity is benevolence; to be benevolent to them is barbarism." This, and this alone, is real Jacobinism.

Real Israel vs 'Nasty Israel'

Toby Greene | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

Take a list of straw man arguments then knock them down with cut and paste using any paragraph from the web which might support the alternative view. This is journalism? This is political commentary? Well sadly it often is when we are talking about Israel...

Politics, Not Economics, Is What Keeps Left And Right Apart

Alastair Roderick | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Neither left, nor right, confronts the reality of an economic system built on the assumption that certain inputs, notably energy and minerals such as phosphorus and copper, are limitless and always easy to access...

Mehdi Hasan

'Dreadful, Crazy, Disastrous'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The decision by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to reposition Labour's stance on benefits spending has been attacked by leading figures on the left of the pa...

Who Needs the State to Smash the Radical Left When Feminists Are Doing Such a Fine Job of It?

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

I'm no fan of the Socialist Workers' Party, so I won't be losing much sleep over the fact that it is currently imploding under the weight of two sex scandals. But I do find it intriguing that this intellectually moribund organisation is having the final nail pounded into its coffin, not by the state or by the right, but by feminism.

Too Wrong to Be Right, and Too Right to Be Left

Huw L. Hopkins | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Huw L. Hopkins

He leans too far to the right to be Labour, and annoys his own backbenchers for implementing policy that aren't traditionally held party beliefs. His record abroad is impressive, but at home, much of the country has taken a dislike to Tony Blair... what you thought I was talking about David Cameron?

In Defence of Rape Jokes

John Fleming | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

If rape jokes are to be banned, why not also ban murder jokes, incest jokes, adultery jokes and jokes about travelling salesmen, mothers in law and rabbits? All were certainly offensive to the ears of pre-War BBC Radio. It is a short and slippery slope from banning jokes to burning books.

Islamophobia: Orwellian 'Doublespeak' ?‎

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The struggle against islamophobia is the struggle for a nuanced and ‎contextualised appraisal of events involving Muslims, a refusal to accept ‎that everything can be explained away through a facile reference to 'Islam' ‎and a defence of a European minority group. There is nothing Orwellian ‎about that.‎

Could Syriza's Success Mean a New Boldness for the International Left?

Alex MacDonald | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Politics
Alex MacDonald

Exit polls just released have Syriza and New Democracy almost neck-and-neck in the Greek elections.

France's Legislative Elections: A Left Turn for Europe?

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 10.08.2012 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

Yesterday saw a record low level of participation (48.31%) in France's legislative elections as 6500 candidates campaigned for 577 seats.