If We Really Want Change, We All Need to Be Activists

Stella Creasy | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Stella Creasy

Any form of activism which doesn't have a suggested solution attached to it or resources to make it happen is little more than a displacement activity. And that's the same whether you are in office or in opposition. Protest marches too may make you feel good, but put down the placard and ask where the power lies and how you can access it if you really want to make a difference.

There Is No Progressive or Left Wing Case for Brexit

John Wight | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Wight

There is no strong progressive case for Britain leaving the EU, despite its many and manifest flaws - not when the beneficiaries should it come to pass will be the ugly forces of reaction and nationalism. The anti-EU left in such a scenario is in danger of finding itself reduced to the role of unwitting footsoldiers on their behalf.

Sanders and Corbyn: More Unites Them Than the Word 'Socialism'

Carl Sacklen | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

I'm no socialist, and I don't live in the USA, but I have been following Bernie Sanders with intrigue since he announced his candidacy for Democrat no...

Feel the Bern

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

No one ever thought Sanders would get this far, and there are 49 more chances for Bernie to eek out a victory in what should be an extremely close Primary. How the Establishment would sweat at the thought of a Bernie-Jeremy partnership.

The Myths That Justify Inequality Are Harming Us All

Bradley Allsop | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

One day we will look back on the myths that propped up this system with the same incredulity and scorn that we now do of claims of a superior race or race- the sooner that day comes, the better it will be for all of us.

Red Is Dead: Why Eco-Socialism Is the Left's Best Hope

Lee Williscroft-Ferris | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Politics
Lee Williscroft-Ferris

Ever more frequent extreme weather events and the conclusions of COP21 make ecological responsibility and human stability the world's most pressing concerns. The Green Party needs to evolve to become the leftist force for the common good - there is far too much at stake to do otherwise.

Call Me a Champagne Socialist Again and I Might Thank You

Carl Sacklen | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carl Sacklen

"Bloody champagne socialist." That's what a fellow pupil said to me in politics class a few days ago when we discussing social mobility. The comment made me wonder whether just because I go to a private school I have to identify myself with the Conservatives, however, the insult soon because a compliment and here's why.

It's Socialism Jean, But Not as We Know It

Jess Phillips | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

My mom was the truest, kindest socialist I'll ever meet... My mom must have missed out the bit in her teachings where no matter what the situation you are right and being right is more important than the safety of the group. She missed out the bit that says if things don't seem to be going your way, make sure you get jobs for all your mates so your way can be had.

Why Labour Must Say No to the EU

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

I'm a trustee of Water For Africa, an innovative charity that trains local people to provide sustainable water supplies for their communities. As gra...

My Teenage Admiration for Owen Jones Has Slowly Withered Away

Anna Rhodes | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Anna Rhodes

His unwavering support for Corbyn has caused concern for me, as when I now read his pieces in the Guardian opinion section, all I can see is propaganda and a biased view, something I never thought I would see coming from his lips. Where is the critique?

Is Jeremy Corbyn Actually Talking Common Sense?

Charlie Compitus | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Compitus

That was the mood at the Refugee March where Corbyn spoke as well as I was strolling around with my camera noticing a sense of unity and hope for real positive change amongst everyone. From people welcoming refugees, to folks providing papers declaring it was the people's victory to the individuals attentively listening to a rarity.

Corbyn May Have the Last Laugh in 2020

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jasdev Singh Rai

All those £3 Tories and the Telegraph who schemed on a 'wicked' plan to get Corbyn into leadership may regret their folly. Corbyn of course won on the back of a genuine Labour wave to steer back the party to its original mission. Contrary to the warnings of 'New' Labour, Corbyn is likely to confound e pundits and win the next elections.

One Small Step for Humankind

Mike Cole | Posted 13.09.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Cole

McDonnell's claim of changing the world is not as exaggerated as it might first appear. The living project of twenty-first century socialism has no doubt been given a boost by the election of Jeremy Corbyn, and, albeit in a small way, has changed the world.

A Corbyn Leadership Would Be Bad For Labour and Worse For Britain

Alan Grant | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

It may well make the left feel good to return to bleating on about nationalisation and raising taxes and spending like a sailor on shore leave but the world and Britain in particular has moved on from those days. The Labour Party can, if they want, return to the politics of the 1970s, but Britain will not be joining them

Jez We Can!

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

One's place at the table becomes contingent on this label regardless of its truth, and nuanced debate and argument to moderation both suffer when your credibility hinges on whether you are viewed as such a representative, as opposed to either the veracity of this claim, or indeed the merit of your arguments, which should be the sole criterion in an equal and meritocratic society.

Corbyn, Orwell and the Rhetoric of Socialism

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell explains his antipathy for grandiose socialists. He doesn't condemn their ideals, but suggests their rhetoric...

For the First Time in a Generation, Students Have the Oppurtunity to Effect Change

Ben Wood | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wood

It's time for students to put up or shut up; Jeremy Corbyn is pushing the agenda for everything that students have campaigned on for a generation. If students want to bring about change, they have the chance.

Jeremy Corbyn Is the Most Electable Labour Leadership Candidate

Sam Harrison | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Harrison

The moment I heard Jeremy Corbyn had made it on to the ballot paper, I whooped with sheer joy. Apparently, however, not everyone in the Labour Party w...

Oxford University's Labour Leaders Back Corbyn: A Disgrace But Not a Surprise

David Browne | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The support of Oxford University Labour Club's leadership, and other sections of Oxford's Far Left, for Jeremy Corbyn should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the state of politics at Oxford

The Battle for Britain's Soul: Oscar Wilde, Socialism and Equality of Happiness

Kevin Childs | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Childs

What kind of country do we live in? This must be at the back of the minds of everyone listening to or reading the Queen's Speech, but is it the wrong question? Shouldn't we be asking what kind of world would bring us happiness?

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.

Stop Blaming Capitalism for our Economic Woes and Start Blaming the State!

Sean Howlett | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Sean Howlett

Since the financial crisis of 2008, the public have wrongly blamed free market capitalism for economic woes, when they should be blaming government for allowing crony-capitalism/corporatism to incubate within the system.

Calling for the Abolishment of Inheritance Tax

Lewis Worrow | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Worrow

Though left wing supporters commonly advocate the Inheritance Tax, most strongly to those who support Marxist values, they ignore the fact that there is no moral ground supporting that it's morally acceptable. The highest earners are already taxed on their income as all earners are.

What a Second Kitchen Really Means

Steve Doran | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Doran

It's annoying when that sort of thinking applies to people. The fact that something as complex as a human being can be boiled down to their accent or their football team is a shame. But the deeper problem is that it happens to issues, too.

Isis Is No More an 'Islamic State' Than the Nazis Were Socialists

Will Black | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK
Will Black

The terrorist network that calls itself the 'Islamic State' has been almost as audacious - some might say ridiculous - with its name changes over the years... The simple fact is that it is NOT Islamic and it is NOT a state.