Common Sense Politics in The Grapes of Wrath

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck supports collective ownership: 'If this tractor were ours it would be good - not mine, but ours. If our tractor turned the long furrows of our land, it would be good. Not my land, but ours.'

Great Essays on Socialism: George Orwell - The Lion and the Unicorn

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

During his Etonian days, long before the publication of his 1941 essay, The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the English Genius, George Orwell claims to have developed particular socialistic tendencies...

What's Left for the Lib Dems?

Will Porter | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics
Will Porter

What are the alternatives for dissatisfied Lib Lefties who want to express their politics through party membership? They could rejoin the ghost of the SDP, no really they still exist, or choose principled powerlessness again, and join the authoritarian Greens. Perhaps the hardest to stomach would be joining Labour.

A Labour Offer To Take Back Rail Would Be Big, Bold, and a Winner

Jack Butler | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Jack Butler

It's widely - infamously - known that the British taxpayer subsidises the rail network to a greater cost than when the network was in state hands. What a fantastic racket these companies are running!

Intellectually Bankrupt Labour Knee-Jerks to Authoritarianism

Nicholas Rogers | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
Nicholas Rogers

The Labour Party's recent policy announcements leave me in absolutely no doubt about their basic principle: they think you are too stupid to manage your own life, so they want to do it for you.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Don't Call Me 'Red Ed'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 4 May 2014... 1) DON'T CALL ME 'RED ED' Ed Miliband appeared on BBC1's Andrew Marr show this...

Márquez: A Master of the Minutiae and the Magnitude of Existence

Luke Massey | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Luke Massey

Reading Gabriel García Márquez is like being immersed in the letters of a sage and eccentric old friend: honest, inspiring, and personal. To try to...

Obamacare: A British Man's Letter To The American Citizen

Karl Davis | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Dear American Citizen, I write from the other side of the Atlantic. Our homelands are separated by a vast, malevolent body of water. Thousands of miles stand between us, yet still we share so many things, music, theatre, fashion, culture, history, high street stores and banking ties, and much more. Our military train together, and politicians lean on each other. We really aren't that different.

Tony Benn's Funeral: The Conflict Between Politicians' Words of Praise and Everyday Actions

Matt Hawkins | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

It can sometimes stick in the throat to hear these politicians eulogising about "honour" when they seem so short of it themselves... Nick Clegg praised Tony Benn for being a "fervent defender of what he believed in", seemingly forgetting his own paltry commitment to defend students from a hike in tuition fees.

Mehdi Hasan And Late, Great Tony Benn Debate Socialism (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Like countless others, I was inspired and enthused by Tony Benn and his passion for politics. And I consider myself lucky to have appeared on telly with him. Once.

From Iraq To Thatcher, Tony Benn Knew How To Slam His Opponents

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Matthews | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

An eloquent orator and formidable opponent, Tony Benn’s speeches – from his idealistic blueprint for Labour in the 1970s and unwavering support fo...

The Death of Student Activism and The Rise of Lad Culture and Political Apathy in Universities

Liam Deacon | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Student activism was once a force to be reckoned with. It changed the world, visibly and profoundly... But today, in the face of genuine and widely felt grievances, students are impotent and apathetic. Universities are businesses, education is job training and a degree is a holiday.

Ed Miliband Is Proving His Leadership Credentials

Evan Bartlett | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Politics
Evan Bartlett

So it seems at long last that Miliband has grown into his role, distinguishing Labour's policies from those of the coalition and starting to throw off the shackles of New Labour neoliberalism. We may finally see a return to a pluralist party political scene.

"This Is the Leadership Britain Needs"; or Why We Picked the Right Miliband

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Does anyone seriously think David Miliband would have been as bold and creative in his direction of travel for the party? Come off it. Triangulation and the old arts of the Blairite dinosaurs are no longer relevant for shaping a Labour government of the future. Times have changed.

The Left Should Not Hitch Its Wagons to the Duggan Crusade

Paul Embery | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Defending the Mark Duggans of this world does nothing to advance the fight against poverty, injustice, low pay, privatisation, racism, inequality and war. Duggan was no Steve Biko, and it ill-behoves us to present him as a victim of racist state oppression.

Ken Loach Discusses His Hopes for Left Unity

Salman Shaheen | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Shaheen

Ken Loach is helping to found new political party Left Unity in answer to the political vacuum that has existed in Britain for decades. Left Unity has attracted a lot of support over the last year... however a common criticism of Left Unity comes from people who agree with its principles, but argue that the most urgent task is kicking the Tories out and that it is unwise to split the left vote.

Dennis Skinner MP: 'To Be a Socialist, You Have to Be an Optimist'

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

As a member of parliament for Bolsover in Derbyshire since 1970, Dennis Skinner - the man once dubbed The Beast of Bolsover - continues to hold fast to his socialist ideals, while his presence in the House of Commons serves as a reminder of the need for more open political debate.

Do You Agree With This Poll on the Economy?

William Bancroft | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
William Bancroft

Some interesting poll results have just been released, investigating what the British public think about our economy and the ways to fix it. The poll, by YouGov for the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, strongly suggests we're giving up on capitalism and want the state to run more of the economy.

Did Miliband's Father Hate Britain? It Doesn't Really Matter

Marcela Kunova | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Marcela Kunova

While all the British media is concerned about the shape of planned press regulation, such editorial choices are extremely unlikely to win over public opinion. With its 'evil legacy' piece, The Mail probably done Miliband and the campaign for more press regulation a lot more good than harm.

I Am Disabled and I Am Not a Socialist

Simon Stevens | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I believe the disability agenda as been hijacked by the wider socialist movement. By socialism, I am referring to people whose politics is Left of Labour and purport to believe in social justice.

I'm No Socialist But...

Rohan Banerjee | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Sport
Rohan Banerjee

Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record to sign Tottenham forward Gareth Bale. It's a headline we were all expecting, but that doesn't make the reality of the situation any less obscene.

Rude, Nude and Dangerous to Know: Why the Latest FCUK Campaign Holds us All Hostage

Ruth Bushi | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Bushi

You can choose to see commentary about Sketch to Store as filler content between the headlines and the sport - which it is. But all of those slices of visual propaganda - seen and debated or not - are part of the mechanism which keeps us stuck in the moment, never moving forward. But, mostly spending. Still - who gives a fcuk, right?

Ideological Fallout on the Left Has Become a Real Possibility

Sam Mercer | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Sam Mercer

Accusations that the Labour Party has moved away from socialism are not new. However many thought that 'Red' Ed Miliband, son of Marxist writer Ralph, would take his party back to the Left. However, there were fears that the heavy New Labour presence within the party would halt this.

Glasgow Against the Bedroom Tax - Scots Resistance Massing

Gregor Cubie | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Cubie

With protest marches against the 'bedroom tax' just a day away, the Glasgow campaign has gained seemingly inexorable focus and momentum.

The Bedroom Tax - Now More Than Ever It Is Them or Us

John Wight | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The bedroom tax, due to come into force up all over the country on 1 April, must be turned into this Tory-led coalition government's poll tax.