The Wretched Of The Earth – 60 years on

Above: Frantz Fanon By Len Glover Frantz Fanon was only 36 when he died but in his short life he wrote one of the classic anti-colonial works of all time. The Wretched of the Earth became one of the best-known revolutionary texts of that stormy decade. It was first published in France in 1961: an extract in … Continue reading The Wretched Of The Earth – 60 years on

Beating the Tories after the 6 May disaster

A ruling class liar, racist and charlatan ... but he has a "narrative" By Mohen Sen The Tories’ narrative about where they are taking UK politics and society is dishonest and incoherent. But it is a narrative, one strongly honed and consistently argued for. In contrast the leadership of Keir Starmer’s Labour Party seems to … Continue reading Beating the Tories after the 6 May disaster

6 May: what’s at stake for Labour … and the working class

Many on the left seem to hope that Labour under Keir Starmer will be humiliated  By Luke Hardy On 6 May across the UK Labour faces not only its first electoral test since the defeat in the 2019 election, but a major test on a number of fronts. There are Scottish Parliamentary elections, Welsh Assembly … Continue reading 6 May: what’s at stake for Labour … and the working class

The partition of Ireland – 100 years on

Thousands of people lining the streets to see King George V open the Northern Ireland Parliament at Belfast City Hall in June 1921 A panel of historians set up to advise the government on Northern Ireland's centenary has settled on 3 May 1921 as the birthdate of the state. The exact age of Northern Ireland … Continue reading The partition of Ireland – 100 years on

Ukraine: victim of Putin’s aggression

Peter Duncan is a professor at the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies at University College London. He spoke to Chris Ford of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign. The interview also appears in Solidarity and on the Workers Liberty website, where it has been slightly edited and "tidied up." We have seen a build up of … Continue reading Ukraine: victim of Putin’s aggression

Tories … or BNP?

A comrade in Yorkshire reports: These are the type of leaflets Tories are putting out in Yorkshire. Maybe elsewhere too. Don't believe any lefties suggesting the Tories are appealing to northern working class voters on the basis of any  element of semi-socialist demagoguery or "levelling up". It's entirely Brexit and ethno-nationalism. In other words, BNP-style shit.  "Proud … Continue reading Tories … or BNP?

Tory sleaze … and socialist measures to root it out

Editorial in the present issue of the AWL paper, Solidarity: More and more leaks and side-channels from the pump of plutocracy are becoming visible. Tories are falling out among themselves. Dominic Cummings has denounced Boris Johnson’s behaviour as “mad and totally unethical”. 50% of those polled say there is a “culture of sleaze” in the … Continue reading Tory sleaze … and socialist measures to root it out

Race and class-reductionism under a microscope

Although Louis Proyect and I do not always agree, he has given me permission to republish his articles (from his blog, The Unrepentant Marxist) here at Shiraz. This one, from June 2020, seems worth revisiting in view of (a) the outcome of the Chauvin trial and (b) the UK government's "Commission on Race and Ethnic … Continue reading Race and class-reductionism under a microscope

The Morning Star, Xinjiang and the “UN report” that never was

Above: images from Chinese state TV show life inside the "vocational centres" By Jim Denham Even by the standards of the Morning Star — a publication whose coverage of anything to do with China is now little more than Beijing propaganda — Kate Woolford’s article on 13 April was an extraordinary exercise in dissembling whataboutery. Woolford is, … Continue reading The Morning Star, Xinjiang and the “UN report” that never was

AWL statement on Unite GS election: “no good option” but possibly either Graham or Turner

By Ollie Moore Members of Unite, one of Britain’s largest trade unions, will elect a new general secretary. Len McCluskey, who has been in office since 2010, has announced his retirement. The branch nomination period will run from 6 May to 7 June, with members voting by postal ballot from 5 July to 23 August, … Continue reading AWL statement on Unite GS election: “no good option” but possibly either Graham or Turner