UK politics

Cameron: Boxed into a tight corner.

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David Cameron’s incompetent campaign against Jean-Claude Juncker has exposed his lack of bargaining power within Europe, says Eddie Ford

Just as the Corn Laws haunted the Conservative Party throughout the 19th century, Europe acts as a running sore for the modern-day Tories. Desperate to steal the clothes of the UK Independence Party and appease the Eurosceptics within his own party, … read this post

NUS: Left in the basement

Bureaucrats still in charge

Communist Students were stirring things up at this year’s conference of the National Union of Students

Members and supporters of Communist Students made a stand for principled Marxist politics at the 2014 conference of the National Union of Students, where CS member Robert Eagleton was standing for the ‘block of 15’ individually elected members of the executive.

The setting of … read this post

Clara Zetkin: Preached principle, promoted unity

Admired by contemporaries, ignored by subsequent history.

Marilyn J Boxer and John S Partington (eds) Clara Zetkin: national and international contexts Socialist History Society occasional publications, series No31, pp118, £7

It would appear that in historical research we are beginning to witness something of a revival of interest in a figure who must surely count as one of the most outstanding Marxists in the history of our … read this post

Tony Benn: The moderate extremist

Paul Demarty examines the legacy of a tireless champion of the Labour left
Tony Benn: from centre to left

The death of Tony Benn, after a long illness, was announced on March 14, to cap off a cruel week for the British left: Bob Crow of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union had died earlier last week, and we had … read this post

Climate change: Overcoming the division

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Robert Eagleton offers his comments on the floods that have hit south-west England

Over the past few months floods have laid waste to parts of the south-west; the majority of the destruction has occurred in the counties of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, where thousands of hectares of land have been covered in water. Since December last year 7,500 properties have … read this post

Sussex: Autonomists in ‘feelgood’ attack on SWP

Not the answer

Tom Munday on the turning over of an SWP stall and the burning of their papers at Sussex university

Hurrah for the autonomists! Hurrah for the comrades bringing revolution to the campuses of Sussex last week, felling the dastardly Socialist Workers Party and purging its bilious propaganda with fire! Also there was some kind of political rally going on … … read this post

IS Network: Unity in the spring?

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IS Network is in trouble again. Daniel Harvey looks at the regroupment efforts by the marsh

For those pulling out of the Socialist Worker’s Party into an uncertain political future, an unedifying prospect greets them in the shape of the previous split from earlier this year, now calling itself the International Socialist Network. Women’s liberation has become a political football … read this post

Cops, lefts and anarchos on campus

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Last week saw an outbreak of student protest. Daniel Harvey reports

 

The sudden re-ignition of student protest on campuses began on December 5, when students from the University of London began an occupation of Senate House Library in Bloomsbury. A set of demands blasted the “undemocratic and unaccountable” university management, and announced the solidarity of the students with outsourced … read this post

Managers and the state on the offensive on campus

Police violence during the eviction of the ULU occupation

Callum Williamson looks at the latest assaults on the student movement

University managements are clearly attempting to tighten the parameters of what is deemed as acceptable protest on campus. In collaboration with the police they have set about to intimidate dissenting students taking part in protests over the last three weeks through arrests, physical coercion, suspensions and fines. This campaign … read this post

Swamp things get together

Daniel Harvey examines the politics underlying recent regroupment efforts

The International Socialist Network’s October 26-27 ‘politics conference’ saw a left ‘grouping’ (actually too disorganised to be a faction in the proper sense) around Tim Nelson and Paris Thomson narrowly winning votes against the right (led loosely by Richard Seymour) on rank-and-file strategy and on any immediate regroupment with Socialist Resistance…. read this post

Making common cause

Callum Williamson on the offensive against university workers and students

The strike action taking place in universities across the UK this week follows the refusal of the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) to resume national negotiations with Unite, Unison, the University and College Union, the Educational Institute of Scotland and the GMB (the last two of which are not … read this post

SWP and women: Countless zigs and zags over women’s oppression

The central committee claims that the SWP has a consistent record of fighting for women’s liberation. Former SWP national committee member Dave Isaacson sheds light on the not so excellent truth

Women’s liberation: a class question

Firstly I must say that I do not think that the massive crisis currently taking hold of the Socialist Workers Party – while clearly … read this post

National Student Strike: coming to a campus near you this March

From the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts is calling for a National Student Strike this March, in support of a nationwide strike on pensions by the lecturers’ union, UCU, and coinciding with an official walk-out called by the National Union of Students. A date will be announced later this week, along with … read this post

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