First published for Left Foot Forward (06/01/21) https://leftfootforward.org/2021/01/come-on-keir-where-is-labours-economic-plan-when-we-need-it/

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As the pandemic wages warfare on our already unstable economy, Boris Johnson has delivered relief to working people with a furlough scheme, freeze on rental evictions and a more accessible universal credit system. Yet these policies do not go far enough — and all eyes are on Labour and the Leader of the Opposition to be bold.

Unfortunately, a risk-averse Keir Starmer has done little to promote radical measures to overcome the pandemic and reform the economic system. …


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A few weeks ago, members of the NEC left slate staged a virtual walkout after a tense factional atmosphere ensued over the body’s chairmanship and Corbyn’s recent suspension. Prominent Corbyn-affiliated figures, from Laura Pidcock to Howard Beckett, have scolded Keir Starmer and general secretary, David Evans, for their purging of the Labour left.

This is a theme that has taken hold since possibly Starmer’s leadership win in April. According to the Times, Labour has witnessed an exodus of approximately 250 members a day since the spring. Adding to that, high-profile socialist figures have quit the party in protest at its…


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To build a better future, Labour has a duty to end the Brexit impasse.

Four-and-a-half years of turmoil could come to a close in the coming days. The Conservative party’s Brexit bill is set to be voted on in the Commons, and with an 80-seat majority, Boris Johnson is likely to be successful in passing it.

The main debate that is sweeping through political circles is whether Labour under Keir Starmer should back the deal or choose to abstain to avoid blame after a possible economic fallout. The party notoriously lost a plethora of seats in leave-voting constituencies when proposing…


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The role of a CLP Youth Officer, according to the Labour Party website, is “ensuring young members get as much as they possibly can out of their membership”. With a new Labour leadership, a global public health pandemic and a bleak future for young people looking likely; there’s a lot to tackle with U27 members in the local party.

The young vote is crucial in the outcome of elections. A surge in this demographic voting for Jeremy Corbyn in 2017 was a defining moment for the Labour Party. That year, 62% of 18–24 year olds voted Labour in the general…


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The ship had already sailed by the time Hillary Clinton had time to ponder her lack of campaigning efforts in the Rust Belt, particularly in the now not so reliable blue state of Wisconsin. The Badger State was narrowly beaten by Trump in 2016 after voting for every Democratic candidate since 1988. What went wrong is that Wisconsin was overlooked and its history of a battleground was ignored.

A mere 25,000 votes were the difference between Trump and Hillary four years ago. A Google consumer surveys poll conducted a few days before the nation went to the ballot box had…


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In 2015, just three months after assuming the leadership of the Labour Party, Corbyn was reprimanded for attending a Stop the War coalition fundraising event by his colleagues, calling the organisation “disreputable”. He hit back with remarks stating that opposition to war should not be “denigrated or condemned”. After five years of being labelled “unpatriotic” and “terrorist-sympathising”, Corbyn holds firm with anti-war rhetoric under new party leadership, energising the leftists once again.

Corbyn, notorious for defying the party whip under New Labour, rallied 17 other Labour MPs this week to oppose the new overseas operations bill being touted by the…


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The US presidential election is less than eight weeks away and what’s in store for American democracy is terrifying. The contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has disillusioned the electorate in a repeat of 2016.

This may be heard to hear but it shouldn’t be surprising. Trump will most probably win the election this year, embarking on another four years of calamity and division. The dysfunctional US electoral system will see Trump’s ironclad base come out in droves to vote for their leader. Meanwhile voter suppression, gerrymandering and a lackadaisical Democratic nominee will leave Biden’s campaign commiserating.

The Democrats…


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A message was circling across social media feeds on the bank holiday weekend, disseminated by trade union activists. It stated that “this long holiday weekend has been brought to you by the blood, sweat and tears of the labour movement”. This caption is certainly true and highlights the traditional influence of a long-standing trade union movement. With the worst public health crisis in over 100 years affecting the workforce, trade unions have stepped up to the plate once again.

After Covid hit and the majority of the nation was furloughed, angst-ridden workers worried whether there was a job to go…


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The initial theories surrounding globalisation sounded promising from the outset. The theories suggested that the global world order should stand in solidarity to ease diplomatic tensions so to avoid future world wars. With that, nations welcomed trade treaties with their neighbours to avoid economic downturns both domestically and abroad. Negotiating with your world partners allowed strict enforcement on international law, where crime knew no borders under Interpol and the Human Rights Watch. Many well-established organisations, from the United Nations to the European Union, garnered exceptional reputations from world leaders.

These components that came with globalisation are portrayed as essential and…


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The antisemitism row that dominated Labour’s image during the Corbyn years came to a head this week. Seven former HQ staffers, as well as BBC journalist John Ware, were awarded financial compensation and an unreserved apology for defamation after an expose on the party’s antisemitism scandal aired.

There were numerous accusations by said staffers that senior Labour officials and key Corbyn aides undermined head office’s attempts to deal with rampant antisemitism in the rank-and-file. However, in a recent counter-attack dossier, many senior recruits in the party’s operational hub were alleged to have wilfully pursued an anti-Corbyn strategy ahead of the…

Liam Barrett

Socialist commentator.

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