Apart from Jeremy Corbyn & Owen Smith, two names featured frequently in the Labour Party’s leadership campaign –Blair and Trotsky. The leadership contest diverted attention away from the real issues facing working people, the youth, poor and unemployed. The bitter recriminations revealed the deep divisions of the Labour Party. Calling someone a Blairite became a […]

Some people still think that privatisation of the NHS is inconceivable. Yet for decades the Tories have targeted this sector, relentlessly increasing workloads, driving down wages and conditions, and privatising services. The NHS has been under a barrage of attacks and in 2012 new government legislation opened up the health sector to market forces. Since […]

In 1995, Tony Blair abolished Labour’s historic commitment to “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange”. Clause 4, Part IV of the party’s rules called for democratic public ownership; this was replaced with calls for the dynamic “enterprise of the market”, “the rigour of competition”, and “a thriving private sector”. The establishment […]

We will be asking – is Britain in the grip of a reactionary backlash?  What direction will the Labour Party take – and will Jeremy Corbyn be leading the fight against austerity? How can we show our continued opposition to austerity, cuts and racism? At a time when we should be preparing to kick out […]

What’s happening in Germany? The German left – fighting racism and sexism How sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve have caused a shift in German politics ..refugees, racism, sexism and the reaction of political parties on left and right. Sue Powell – who worked with refugees in Germany – will introduce this topic. Sue contributed to an […]

Cuts and austerity are on the agenda across Europe. What solutions do the old left parties and new movements offer? Which demands and campaigns are effective? Why did Syriza back down – was there an alternative? In the past few months the socialist left has made electoral gains in some countries; in others, social democratic […]

Many people are radicalised by their experience of sexism, racism, homophobia or due to discrimination due to their disabilities or age. But does focusing on specific or single issues offer a solution?