Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

Book review by Keith Road Gabriel Pogrund’s and Patrick Maguire’s book Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn is not really about the politics of the Corbyn Labour Party leadership, but about the “politics” in the sense of corridor chat, text-message exchanges, and WhatsApp groups at the top of the party hierarchy. Tellingly, … Continue reading Left Out: Labour intrigue without the activists

The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

© Twitter/@jeremycorbyn Guest post by Johnny Lewis Starting points: faced with one of the greatest upheavals in the Party’s history it should have been the organised left’s moment, when they would provide conscious direction to 'the masses’ who flooded into the Party under Corbyn. Instead, 'leadership' was exercised by promoting the specifics of each organisation's … Continue reading The collapse of Corbynism – radicalism without class power

Jews Mustn’t Thrive

A protester holds an image of Jeremy Corbyn during a demonstration against antisemitism in London. JACK TAYLOR / GETTY IMAGES By Eve Garrard (This article first appeared as a guest post at Harry's Place) In Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire’s new book* (as excerpted in The Times) on the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, Andrew … Continue reading Jews Mustn’t Thrive

Hadley Freeman, Andrew Murray and (allegedly) Jeremy Corbyn on “relatively prosperous” Jews

Above: Corbyn and Murray (GETTY) The Guardian's Hadley Freeman, who usually writes about fashion, recently commented: People don’t take antisemitism seriously because they think of Jews as wealthy, and therefore not vulnerable, which is like saying black people shouldn’t be scared of racists because they’re all so athletic. Within living memory, European Jews were nearly … Continue reading Hadley Freeman, Andrew Murray and (allegedly) Jeremy Corbyn on “relatively prosperous” Jews

Labour’s antisemitism tangle and the ‘Corbyn cult’

By Keith Road of Workers Liberty (amended very slightly by JD): More than £300,000 has been donated to a fundraising page to help support Jeremy Corbyn if a legal case goes ahead over the leaked Labour antisemitism report and/or the Panorama programme produced by John Ware. Keir Starmer has already settled the Panorama legal cases with the … Continue reading Labour’s antisemitism tangle and the ‘Corbyn cult’

What is McCluskey playing at?

Len McCluskey with Jeremy Corbyn (Image: GETTY) You would think the priority of the Unite leadership at the moment would be preparing for a campaign against the mass redundancies that are on the way as the government's furlough scheme winds down. Len McCluskey, interviewed in today's Observer doesn't seem to have mentioned unemployment (though, in fairness, … Continue reading What is McCluskey playing at?

Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), discusses the future of the left. Part three of three articles. Part one, 'How I Became a Socialist' + part two, 'The irreplaceable strategy of simply keeping going'. The depth of the recession facing us means that the Tories might either force through … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Labour Together’s Election Review: anatomy of a disaster

“Concerns over the leadership, Brexit position and deliverability of the manifesto damaged Labour’s chances.” It's only been a day since the publication of 'Labour Together''s review of the 2019 election disaster and I haven't yet read the document. But for now, it makes sense to start with what one of the contributors to the review, … Continue reading Labour Together’s Election Review: anatomy of a disaster

Labour’s leaked report reveals two scandals

Much comment on the leaked 850-page Labour Party report leaked on 12 April has focused on its extensive and vivid documentation of the already-known fact that from 2015 the hold-overs from the Blair-Brown era in the Labour Party machine were viciously and unscrupulously hostile to - indeed out to sabotage - the Labour Party's new … Continue reading Labour’s leaked report reveals two scandals

The leaked Labour report on antisemitism and other issues: an initial response

The report claims evidence “disproves allegations that Corbyn’s office had influence over GLU’s work even while Iain McNicol (above) was general secretary" By Patrick Murphy in the present issue of Solidarity Some issues emerge clearly from the leaked Labour Party report on its Governance and Legal Unit's handling of antisemitism and other issues. 1. The … Continue reading The leaked Labour report on antisemitism and other issues: an initial response