Red Pepper speaks to Lisa McKenzie, the candidate taking Class War to Tory Essex
Rabina Khan, cabinet member for housing in Tower Hamlets council, defends its record in the face of government-led attacks
'I haven’t socialised with senior politicians, but I’ve hung out with the insane and I can reveal that they believe their own lies completely'
The 1970s marked a turning point in left fortunes worldwide and the origins of today’s neoliberal ascendancy. A Red Pepper roundtable with Hilary Wainwright, Andy Beckett, John Medhurst and Suresh Grover looks back
'Today’s politicians are boring. Perhaps that’s why they get away with so much'
The breakthrough for UKIP in May’s local elections raises the danger of a long‑term shift to the right in British politics. Richard Seymour considers where UKIP’s vote is coming from and how the left needs to respond
Mike Peters looks at how the Tory education secretary uses the words and ideas of the left to win support for his policies
Alex Nunns argues that the right's celebrations of Margaret Thatcher’s economic record are an attempt to rewrite history
As Margaret Thatcher is seen off with pomp and circumstance, John Millington says her real legacy lies in the hollowed-out factories of Britain
Commentators on both sides of the political spectrum say Thatcher ‘death parties’ are the thoughtless, tasteless products of a bandwagon-jumping youth. They should have more imagination, writes Siobhán McGuirk. This is an iconoclastic moment
Alex Nunns offers an antidote to the media fawning over Thatcher – and argues her biggest victory was getting her opponents to buy into her mythology
'Well might we muse upon the entitlement of a chancellor who, upon his father’s passing, will be titled'
'Conservatives have never truly been convinced by this country’s experiment with universal suffrage'
'I have no wish to speak ill of the dead, even when they are still alive'
Right-leaning think-tanks play a big part in David Cameron’s Tories, writes Hartwig Pautz
The Tories have taken on human form, which is when they’re at their most dangerous
Hugo Radice looks at the Tories' so-called Office for Budget Responsibility and its role in the coalition's cuts agenda
With the Tories still setting the political agenda in the run up to the election, Alex Nunns examines what a Cameron government might actually have in store for us
David Cameron's apple-pie promises and feel-good rhetoric might sweep him to power in 2010, but there's a yawning gap between the vagueness of his words and the likely consequences of his policies. Alex Nunns takes us on a trip into the future to see how Britain might look after four years of Tory rule
There is something old and something genuinely new about David Cameron's Conservatism. If the left is to help shape the post-Blair political climate, it will have to engage with its ideas, and not simply dismiss them, writes Oscar Reyes