Friday, June 22, 2018
The fact that there are thousands of people working in conditions of slavery in Britain today is no accident nor the result of a few "bad apples" in the employment industry. Rather it is the result of neoliberal policies implemented by successive Tory and New Labour governments which favour the market over workers interests. The policies which have facilitated this include: immigration, deregulation and cuts to enforcement agencies, casualisation of the labour market, and a punitive benefits regime. Modern slavery in Britain can be tackled by a government committed to rolling back neoliberalism and by stronger trade unions.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
At the height of the first World War the working-class women of Glasgow took on the landlords who were trying to hike up rents. They won through direct action, solidarity and working class unity. To commemorate this victory and their leader, Mary Barbour, a statue was unveiled in Govan on International Women's Day 2018.
Monday, June 18, 2018
100 years on from some women getting the vote the class dimension to these struggles cannot be ignored. Working class women are faced with many more acute problems such as housing, access to child care, benefits and working conditions than middle class women. Whilst challenging sexism women can also find common cause with working class men in these struggles.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Labour's local election results in England showed a solid performance despite the efforts of the Tories, the media and attacks from within the party itself.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Review of Game Changer, the insider account of the 2017 General Election. Steve Howell was part of Corbyn's team and describes how a 20 point Tory lead was demolished by Corbyn and Labour. the eight week campaign changed the face of British politics.
Friday, March 30, 2018
The collapse of the giant out-sourcing and construction firm Carillion exposes not only the scam of the Private Finance Initiative, which transfers taxpayers money into private hands at greater cost than alternative forms of funding, but also the parasitic nature of the British economy. Finance capital remains the dominate sector and all Tories, from hard-Brexiteers to hard-Remainers wish to preserve its role as they grapple with Brexit. Labour is challenging this model and proposing alternatives to promote other sectors of the economy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
OXFAM's failure to deal properly with the scandal of sexual misconduct by it's staff in Haiti and the fallout expose other problems with the politics of aid and how it currently operates. The British government has a clearly stated agenda of making aid work more in it's interests, whilst recipients of aid, including in Haiti, are calling for greater accountability to their governments.
Monday, March 26, 2018
We live in a very dangerous world dominated by neo-liberalism which fuels inequality, conflict and a drive to war. As well as making the lives of millions miserable there are growing tensions between rival imperial and aspiring imperial powers. Nearly 30 years since the end of the Soviet Union what kind of world is capitalism creating and how is being re-shaped? Despite its dominance, however, neo-liberalism has not won people to support its system. Forces from the left, the extreme right, religions and nationalists are gaining ground.