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

Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

Socialist Worker says Israel is the West's "attack dog" - and it's "got to go" - but provides little detail about how Israel is to be abolished, and by whom. By Dale Street When Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union (SPSU) banned a campus Jewish Society in 1985, Socialist Worker (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Workers Party) … Continue reading Three decades of Socialist Worker on antisemitism

‘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

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

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

Anti-intellectualism on the left

This article appears (under the title Blaming "the intellectuals") in the present issue of Solidarity and on the Workers Liberty website. It is an important and timely piece. However, some of us here at Shiraz would take issue with the author's description of Ian Lavery MP as someone with "in many respects, a worthy record" … Continue reading Anti-intellectualism on the left

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