Momentum: undemocratic maneuverings

There is a fight underway over the future of Labour left organisation Momentum. By Sacha Ismail A new grouping, Forward Momentum, is in conflict with those who run the Momentum office (which means, in Momentum as currently constituted, run the organisation). The office people seem to be supporting a counter-initiative, Momentum Renewal. Both will run … Continue reading Momentum: undemocratic maneuverings

Seán McGovern: fighter, campaigner, comrade … and memorable character

It was with great shock and sadness that we heard about the death of Sean McGovern, a staunch comrade and an amazing character who we got to know because of his involvement in Unite and the United Left. A number of tributes have been paid to Sean, including a moving one from his former partner … Continue reading Seán McGovern: fighter, campaigner, comrade … and memorable character

Nadia Whittome MP on the social care emergency

Above: Nadia Whittome speaks out on social care By Sacha Ismail On 6 May Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome, who returned to her old care job after the Covid-19 crisis hit, was sacked for speaking publicly about PPE shortages in the industry. She used the burst of publicity to argue not only for workers’ rights … Continue reading Nadia Whittome MP on the social care emergency

John Cunningham’s fiendishly/not so difficult leftie political quiz

In these troubled and isolating times here’s a chance to have a bit of fun and demonstrate to all and sundry that you are a real smart-arse. Most of these questions are not that difficult - there are a few stinkers however. Try and resist the temptation to look everything up on Google. Use the … Continue reading John Cunningham’s fiendishly/not so difficult leftie political quiz

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

Maria Exall: “We need to re-make society”

First published at The Clarion website: Maria Exall, an activist in the Communication Workers’ Union’s Greater London Combined telecoms branch and Vice-Chair of Labour Unions (the Labour Party-union link organisation), spoke to The Clarion: How should the labour movement be responding to the Covid-19 crisis? The immediate issues for the labour movement are the same as the issues … Continue reading Maria Exall: “We need to re-make society”

Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)

Above: Ted Knight (in middle background) with Bertrand Russell (right foreground) and Russell's secretary Ralph Schoenman (bearded, left), from The Newsletter, 25 June 1966 Click here to download as pdf By Sean Matgamna (in a supplement to the present issue of Solidarity) I am saddened by the death of Ted Knight (30 March 2020). I … Continue reading Matgamna: Reminiscences of Ted Knight (1933-2020)