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

Unite: the race to replace McCluskey begins in earnest

Is it true that Len McCluskey will be stepping down as Unite General Secretary in September? Has millionaire solicitor Howard Beckett been selected by the Unite inner sanctum to be the McCluskey-succession candidate? Have leading members of the United Left in Unite been carved out of discussions by the Unite inner sanctum about who should … Continue reading Unite: the race to replace McCluskey begins in earnest

Thinking out loud about the end of social democracy

Above: Sanders on FDR and the New Deal By Barry Finger (first published at New Politics; republished here with the author's permission): The Sanders challenge is over and the question for socialists is, where do we go from here? Up until recently this debate has ranged along familiar lines: the need for independent political action and … Continue reading Thinking out loud about the end of social democracy

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

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)

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

Six interesting things about Labour’s internal election results

By Sienna Rodgers (at LabourList) Keir Starmer’s leadership election success compared to past contests: Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership with 56.2% of the total votes cast by members, affiliates and registered supporters. This is less than Jeremy Corbyn on a percentage basis. The former Labour leader secured 59.5% in 2015 against three rivals and 61.8% … Continue reading Six interesting things about Labour’s internal election results