Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

Mike Cooley, the militant trade unionist, Marxist intellectual and highly skilled technologist, has died. He will be best remembered for his leading role in developing the Lucas Plan - a proposal for avoiding redundancies by converting Lucas Aerospace production from arms to social useful products. John Palmer (who knew Cooley personally) has written an excellent … Continue reading Mike Cooley and the Lucas Plan

The French car industry and “ecological transition”

Above: Renault production line Wednesday's Morning Star carried an interesting editorial about state assistance for companies hit by coronavirus and the lockdown: Private firms are quite happy to take state handouts but do not conclude this comes with any obligations to society in return - a situation reminiscent of the fallout from the bankers' crash … Continue reading The French car industry and “ecological transition”

Alan Simpson lays into the Stalinist “cabal” who led Labour to catastrophic defeat

Above: Seumas Milne and Karie Murphy (PA/AFR via Getty) Alan Simpson, the respected former MP and loyal friend to Jeremy Corbyn, has laid into the Stalinist factionists who ran Corbyn's office (LOTO) and Labour’s election campaign. The background is in a post on his blog in January. Après le déluge January the 9th. Corbyn inherited … Continue reading Alan Simpson lays into the Stalinist “cabal” who led Labour to catastrophic defeat

Comrade Anti-Fascists, Greens, Kurds, Leftists: check if you are on the ‘Counter- Terrorism’ list

Andrew Coates writes (at Tendance Coatesy): Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list Guardian. Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National Action. Among the groups listed with no known link to terrorist violence or known threat to national security are Stop the War, the Palestinian Solidarity … Continue reading Comrade Anti-Fascists, Greens, Kurds, Leftists: check if you are on the ‘Counter- Terrorism’ list

Labour’s climate policy: the fine print

By Misha Zubrowski The environmental section of Labour’s manifesto is more ambitious than previous policy announcements, but less so than sections of the policy passed at this year’s Labour conference. It has received much hype but less attention to detail. This article unpicks some of the finer points. The rhetoric, at least to start, seems … Continue reading Labour’s climate policy: the fine print

Johnson’s Channel 4 absolute melt

By Elliot Chappell (LabourList) Last night, Boris Johnson threw his toys out of the pram. According to an anonymous Tory source, his party threatened to review Channel 4's license after the broadcaster refused to allow Michael Gove to substitute for him in the climate debate. He also bizarrely sent his dad along to argue the case. That's … Continue reading Johnson’s Channel 4 absolute melt

Black Friday and the folly of anti-consumerism

By Eduardo Tovar In the US, Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November). The day revolves around large discounts in shops. Black Friday sales are notorious for the levels of chaos or even violence that occur as crowds pour into the shops and scramble for the discounted goods. To take … Continue reading Black Friday and the folly of anti-consumerism

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’: a service to us all

Above: reactors No. 4 and No. 3 shortly after the disaster By Les Hearn (this article also appears in the current issue of Solidarity) Chernobyl was a disaster — there is no doubt about that — but what lessons should we learn from it? Though the catastrophic meltdown and explosion of the RBMK Reactor No 4 happened … Continue reading HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’: a service to us all

A Stir in the Suburbs

By KB Player: A question – does pro-Palestinian activism make people barmy or are barmy people attracted to pro-Palestinian activism? Here’s a case. I live on the western side of Edinburgh, in a suburb called Roseburn, and I follow the Friends of Roseburn Park Facebook page. A post caught my eye. It was advertising a … Continue reading A Stir in the Suburbs

So who would you trust (on *anything*): Greta Thurnberg or Brendan O’Neill?

From the Times: Greta said that having Asperger’s had helped her in life. “It makes me different, and being different is a gift, I would say. It also makes me see things from outside the box,” she said. “I don’t easily fall for lies, I can see through things. If I would’ve been like everyone … Continue reading So who would you trust (on *anything*): Greta Thurnberg or Brendan O’Neill?