Andrew Murray: good riddance

Above: Milne, Murray and Murphy By Martin Thomas On Wednesday 19 February 2020, the Financial Times reported that Andrew Murray had resigned from his job in the Labour Party "Leader's Office". His associate Karie Murphy has already been lined up to go to the House of Lords. We still don't know whether Seumas Milne, the … Continue reading Andrew Murray: good riddance

‘Socialist Resistance’ on the disastrous election result

A well-researched and basically sound analysis from Socialist Resistance, though some of us here at Shiraz wouldn't agree with their support for Rebecca Long Bailey and Richard Burgon: What happened? Like many others on the left, we got the election result seriously wrong. Most thought a hung Parliament or even a Labour minority government was … Continue reading ‘Socialist Resistance’ on the disastrous election result

Why we should object to ‘identity politics’ – and why not

Ever since the 2016 referendum, pro-Brexit 'leftists', like the Morning Star have identified a new and despicable force, threatening working class unity and making rational debate impossible: identity politics (sometimes also known as the “culture war” and, more recently, by the single word “woke”). A Morning Star editorial (2 Sep 2019) playing down the significance … Continue reading Why we should object to ‘identity politics’ – and why not

Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

A personal view from Andrew Coates (first published at his blog, Tendance Coatesy): “Newly dominant reactionary forces call for the undermining trade pacts and presaging trade wars, denouncing supranational institutions and cosmopolitan elites, while stoking the flames of racism and violence against migrants. Even some on the left, some herald a renewed national sovereignty to … Continue reading Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

“Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Morning Star / CPB: campaigning for no-deal Monday’s Morning Star carried a stern warning: “Divergence from European Union rules, as announced by the Tory government yesterday, could be welcome but is unlikely to benefit working people unless a left-led government is elected, communists said yesterday. “Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths warned that … Continue reading “Left” Brexiteers re-write history

JLR redundancies: don’t mention the ‘B’ word!

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the UK's biggest vehicle maker, is making up to 500 staff redundant at its Halewood plant as a result of moving from three shifts to two. It is not clear whether these redundancies are part of the 4,500 job cuts the firm announced last year, or on top of them. JLR … Continue reading JLR redundancies: don’t mention the ‘B’ word!

The ‘Lexit’ road to English patriotism

From Socialist Resistance: English patriotism is good, Scottish nationalism is a dead end – according to the Morning Star, writes Andy Stowe. From the Soviet “theory” of socialism in one country to Kim Il Sung’s fantasy of Juche self-reliance in North Korea, Stalinism has always had a predilection for nationalism.  And now that Boris Johnson is about … Continue reading The ‘Lexit’ road to English patriotism