Labour lost its ‘heartlands’, and the Tories swept to power – Ray M

This essay follows on from two recent articles. The first was written before polling day and defined the election as the ‘Revenge Election’. It argued that Labour needed to articulate the desire for revenge felt by working-class people who have suffered years of neoliberalism, austerity and injustice. The second article, written after the election, drew on Mark […]

After Brexit Day: now the real fight begins – LeFT Campaign statement

As the dust settles after Britain formally left the EU on the 31st January, the task for socialists remains the same: to work to raise working class consciousness, and to arm our movement and our class with the necessary weapons in the struggle ahead. What context Britain outside the EU provides, and where the likely […]

On Brexit day: LeFT Campaign Statement on Britain leaving the European Union

Tonight Britain legally ceases to be a member state of the European Union, Leave, Fight, Transform – The LeFT Campaign says:  Now Fight for Socialist Transformation The fact that Britain is at last leaving the EU on 31 January 2020 some three and a half years since we voted to do so, is a victory […]

The Road from Wigan’s clear

Our Brexit, or Theirs – the LeFT Campaign’s North West event on Saturday 18 January at Gerrard Winstanley House – named for Wigan’s most famous son of the English revolution – saw a big turnout by trade unionists and socialists from across the North west region and beyond.  As Tony Benn once remarked, there are […]

Michael Calderbank and Paul O’Connell – The Socialist Offensive

“We’re gonna have to do more than talk. We’re gonna have to do more than listen. We’re gonna have to do more than learn. We’re gonna have to start practicing and that’s very hard. We’re gonna have to start getting out there with the people and that’s difficult. Sometimes we think we’re better than the […]

Dan Evans – Election Fallout

Many Marxists on the British left, variously derided as lunatics, Stalinists, lexiters, cranks, warned that Labour’s liberal drift on Brexit would be disastrous, both electorally and in terms of trying to build an insurgent, socialist movement. Such warnings were ignored, and unfortunately, we all know how the election played out. Labour’s original position of respecting […]

Paul O’Connell – Why We Lost, How We Win

“Intelligence enough to conceive, courage enough to will, power enough to compel. If our ideas of a new society are anything more than a dream, these three qualities must animate the majority of the working-people; and then, I say, the thing will be done”. – William Morris Why Labour has lost the election despite the […]

Kevin Ovenden – Trump’s Syria Move, Fossil Fuels and Growing Crisis in the Mediterranean

A summit meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel took place in Cairo yesterday. It came amid mounting tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, which may intensify sharply when the expected Turkish invasion of northern Syria takes place – and with it an intensification of the Syrian regime’s offensive in Idlib. The tripartite pact of Greece and […]

Dan Evans – Some Brief Thoughts on Wales and Brexit

In the 2016 EU referendum, unlike our Celtic cousins in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Wales voted to leave. There were significant regional variations in the vote. Welsh speaking rural areas of Gwynedd and Ceredigion voted to remain, alongside Cardiff and its hinterland, the Vale of Glamorgan. All of the former industrial areas of south and […]