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

On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

By Sean Matgamna A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour … Continue reading On Holocaust Memorial Day: 21 lies the “Holocaust-mitigator” left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

The Board of Deputies’ Ten Pledges

Some would-be lefties and anti-Zionists are livid that all the Labour leadership candidates, including Rebecca Long Bailey, have signed up to the Jewish Board Of Deputies' Ten Pledges. Good. It's good that these people are annoyed and good that the candidates feel the need to demonstrate that they take antisemitism seriously and recognise that it's … Continue reading The Board of Deputies’ Ten Pledges

The politics of Jewish victimization

People gathered for a news conference discussing the man accused of stabbing five Jewish people at a Hanukkah celebration in Monsey, N.Y. Picture: Yana Paskova for The New York Times By Barry Finger Orthodox Jews in the New York metropolitan area alone have been the victims of no less than a dozen attacks in the … Continue reading The politics of Jewish victimization

The “Scottish Labour Open Letter”: the most incoherent suicide note in history?

Above: Alison Evison backs a second referendum on Scottish independence By Dale Street The Scottish Labour left has been presented with a new hero of the class struggle: Alison Evison. Evison is the sole Labour member of Aberdeenshire Council. She is also Deputy Leader of the Council Opposition Alliance (consisting almost entirely of SNP councillors), … Continue reading The “Scottish Labour Open Letter”: the most incoherent suicide note in history?

Labour’s election defeat: will the left learn any lessons?   

Guest post by Johnny Lewis It’s not always true that history is written by the victors: working class history is more often than not written by the Stalinists and their fellow-travellers, and it’s quite possible their view of Labour’s election disaster will come to dominate. They have already laid their stall out in the Morning … Continue reading Labour’s election defeat: will the left learn any lessons?