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

“Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Morning Star / CPB: campaigning for no-deal Monday’s Morning Star carried a stern warning: “Divergence from European Union rules, as announced by the Tory government yesterday, could be welcome but is unlikely to benefit working people unless a left-led government is elected, communists said yesterday. “Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths warned that … Continue reading “Left” Brexiteers re-write history

Unite wastes more of its members’ money defending the indefensible

Above: McCluskey and Beckett (blue shirt, right). Just before Christmas, former Labour MP Anna Turley won a libel case against Unite over a post on the notoriously unreliable Skwawkbox blog/website. Turley – who lost her seat in Redcar, North Yorkshire, in the general election – was awarded £75,000 in damages by the High Court after … Continue reading Unite wastes more of its members’ money defending the indefensible

After 12 December: what next for the left?

From Workers Liberty: If Labour wins a majority government, some activists will think or semi-think “job done”. There will be a feeling we have navigated deadly rapids to a place of a safety. But in fact the struggle will likely intensify, and become harder. Labour’s manifesto proposes only moderately higher taxes on the best-off, and … Continue reading After 12 December: what next for the left?

Sanders, Debs and the lessons of 1920

By Eric Lee Earlier this year, a photograph made the rounds on the Internet. It showed Bernie Sanders meeting a young supporter in Iowa. Bernie is smiling and pointing to the young man’s t-shirt. On the t-shirt, it says “Listen here, Bud, America deserved 9/11.” The photo was a fake. In the real image, the … Continue reading Sanders, Debs and the lessons of 1920

Anti-strike injunction is an affront to democracy: Repeal all anti-union laws!

By Daniel Randall, RMT Bakerloo Line branch assistant chair and Free Our Unions campaign (pc) - also posted at The Clarion The High Court injunction granted to Royal Mail to prevent postal workers from striking, despite their overwhelming vote to do so, highlights the profoundly undemocratic nature of Britain’s anti-trade union laws, and the urgent need … Continue reading Anti-strike injunction is an affront to democracy: Repeal all anti-union laws!

The end of Corbynism as Labour revives Wilson’s stance

Harold Wilson Photo: REX FEATURES Before yesterday's Labour conference vote on Brexit, Michael Chessum of Another Europe Is Possible, warned that it would “look awful” if Corbyn won as a result of the union bloc vote and/or by turning the issue of Labour's Brexit stance into a loyalty test: Ninety percent of motions to this conference are … Continue reading The end of Corbynism as Labour revives Wilson’s stance