Labour Party


Young people the latest target in Labour’s lurch to the right

19 June 2014 Labour's austerity-inspired welfare proposals will penalise young adults for circumstances beyond their control, writes Andrew Dolan

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about characters

17 February 2014 'Today’s politicians are boring. Perhaps that’s why they get away with so much'

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about voting

19 December 2013 'The thing that surprises me is not that Westminster politics are found to be boring, but rather that so many journalists find them so interesting'

Debate: Is the ‘co-op council’ really co-operating with cuts?

8 March 2013 Local Labour councillor Edward Davie says Red Pepper’s recent article on Lambeth’s ‘co-operative council’ was disappointing. Below, council trade unionist Jon Rogers responds

Co-operating with cuts in Lambeth

12 February 2013 Isabelle Koksal reports on how Lambeth’s ‘co-operative council’ is riding roughshod over co-operative principles in its drive for sell-offs and cuts in local services

Labour and the cuts: beyond the ‘dented shield’

31 January 2013 The scale of coalition cuts means the very future of local public services is in jeopardy. Michael Calderbank asks whether Labour councillors can do more than offer verbal protest and practical acquiescence

Refounding the politics of labour

29 September 2011 Ed Miliband's speech had little to say on the unions. Hilary Wainwright urges the Labour leader to embrace a newly political trade unionism

Jeremy Hardy thinks… about Ed Miliband

4 August 2011 'The reason he’s terrified is that he knows in his heart that capitalism doesn’t work'

Being led by Ed

7 January 2011 Alex Nunns asks what it would take for Ed Miliband’s win to mark a real progressive turn

Speaking about the ‘S’ word

5 August 2010 John McDonnell MP assesses Ralph Miliband's socialist vision

Our favourite Miliband

5 August 2010 Hilary Wainwright reveals which Miliband caught her fancy

Don’t vote Labour – they don’t deserve it … do they?

27 March 2010 'Vote Labour to keep out the Tories' has been the default position of most of the left for decades, albeit with clothes pegs firmly affixed to noses. What other options are there? Does Labour deserve to lose? Certainly the Tories don't deserve to win. Michael Mansfield QC and Melissa Benn are both radical socialists with strong records of campaigning for human rights and social justice. But when it comes to how to vote they disagree strongly

Editorial: Parallel worlds

1 February 2009 These days of putting together this issue of Red Pepper have been the days of the Gaza massacre. They have also been a time of two distinct political worlds. On the one hand, demonstrations that grew from one week to the next, bringing together Muslims and Jews to a unique extent; dissenting Jews across Israel, […]

Criticism is not enough

3 January 2009 New Labour did not implement its policies of the past decade in a vacuum, says Jeremy Gilbert. The question now is whether the left has an alternative

Editorial: A place for the left

20 September 2008 Hilary Wainwright says that the pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour

After the party

20 September 2008 In 2004 the Fire Brigades Union disaffiliated from the Labour Party. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack explains what it has meant for the union politically

The irresponsibility of the rich

18 September 2008 Inequality has widened: the child poverty figures are up by 100,000 for the second year running and pensioner poverty is once again on the rise. Faced with these shocking figures, Ruth Lister argues for a radical shift in the terms of the debate

New limbs for the left

4 June 2008 New Labour is dead. The New Tories are in the ascendancy. The left needs to look beyond its existing, inbred networks, writes Hilary Wainwright

Socialism by stealth?

11 November 2007 Dave Osler argues the Green Party can never become a popular front for the achievement of socialism

Green is the new red

21 October 2007 Peter Tatchell argues the Greens are now the only credible radical left-wing alternative and the best hope for advancing a progressive political agenda

Whatever does it take?

2 October 2007 The sooner the left gives up on Labour, the sooner it can begin to organise for real change, says John Nicholson

A new politics of pluralism

28 September 2007 Mark Perryman asks why an effective left-of-Labour opposition has taken so long emerge - and what the prospects for it are now

The good, the bad and the future

27 September 2007 Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury sees a chance to shape a new radical agenda for Labour under Gordon Brown

Still life

24 September 2007 A latent radicalism still exists in the Labour Party, says defeated Labour deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas. Now the left must tap it

Inside and outside left

24 September 2007 The left must build new coalitions of ideas and organisation, inside and outside Labour, that compel leaders to be as radical as possible and encourage the more radical to rise to the top, writes Neal Lawson

Why stay?

16 September 2007 Liz Davies was an active member of the Labour left between 1979 and 2001 and elected as a Grassroots Alliance candidate to the Labour Party's national executive committee between 1998 and 2000. Here she responds to Alex Nunn's essay and opens a debate that continues on the Red Pepper website and forum

What became of the Labour left?

16 September 2007 After more than a decade of a concerted attempt to silence the left in the Labour Party, Alex Nunns inquires into whether there is still life in this vital challenge to the power of the executive

A healthy choice

1 July 2007 Labour's deputy leadership contest has at least revealed one thing - the extent of unease over Tony Blair's market reforms of the NHS. Ministers have made statements that would once have got them sacked but now get them votes. Red Pepper and Keep Our NHS Public teamed up to survey the six candidates' views and see who's best for the NHS. By Alex Nunns

Alan Johnson

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Harriet Harman

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Peter Hain

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Hilary Benn

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Hazel Blears

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

Jon Cruddas

16 June 2007 Red Pepper / Keep Our NHS Public survey of Labour deputy leadership candidates views on the NHS

It’s Iraq, stupid

1 June 2007 So Blair is going - at long last. Let's be clear about this departure. It is not, as he would have us believe, a voluntary act of renunciation, He, like Thatcher, would have gone 'on and on' if he had had his way.

The Blairafter

1 June 2007 There was a time when democratic debate in the Labour Party was held up as compensation for the lack of constitutional control over a powerful executive.

A defining value

1 June 2007 Tony Blair spoke the language of social exclusion and opportunity rather than of poverty and equality on taking office. He and other ministers made clear that redistribution through the tax-benefits system was no longer on Labour's agenda. So there were no illusions to be dashed with regard to tackling poverty and inequality.

What about the workers?

1 June 2007 Discussion of class has gone out of fashion in today's Labour Party. All too often Labour leaders have colluded in a general stigmatisation of the poor and unemployed, who are in fact the victims of failures in the education and training systems and of bad employers.

A different kind of leader

1 October 2006 Left-wing MP John McDonnell says that he wants to 'reclaim the Labour Party' and is standing as leader under the campaign slogan 'Another world is possible'. Why does he think it's worth the effort and what's the 'new politics' he's talking about? Interview by Hilary Wainwright

Is there hope at last?

1 November 2004 A new internet campaign has begun to remove Tony Blair ([www.iwontvoteblair.com->http://www.iwontvoteblair.com/]) as an alternative to impeachment. The basic philosophy is that you can't personally vote Tony Blair out unless you live in Sedgefield, but his MPs can make him resign. The only reason they'll get rid of him is if he'll lose the election. They will lose their seats if you don't vote for them - that's motivation! All you are asked to do is write to your MP and clearly state, 'I promise I won't vote for a party with Tony Blair leading it' and tell all your friends to do the same. Should I put my name to this, or just hope that Tony Blair and his capitalist clique are just a bad dream? Yours Which Blair Project?

Labour’s hollow drum

1 October 2004 Hilary Wainwright introduces Red Pepper's special on the Labour Party

No political statements allowed on the conference floor

1 October 2004 Red Pepper's press officer and on-the-spot oik Alex Nunns attended the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, rubbed shoulders with the Lennon and McCartney of global development, wrestled a party apparatchik for a stapler, yawned his way through ministerial speeches -and kept a diary

Union wild card seeks to trump modernisers from within

1 October 2004 GMB leader Kevin Curran tells Hilary Wainwright why his trade union will no longer write Labour a blank cheque

Ghosts in the machine

1 October 2004 The decimation of its activist base hurts Labour's left as much as it does its leadership. To have any political influence at all the Labour left must reach out beyond the party.

Conservatives block reform of the Labour Party

1 August 2004 Trade unionists and socialists set up the original Labour Representation Committee (LRC) on 27 February 1900. From that event the Labour Party was born. The launch of a new LRC at the TUC's central London headquarters Congress House on 3 July 2004 was billed as "the most significant initiative on the Labour left for a generation". But is it a case of "the Labour left", or "what is left of Labour"?

The RMT shows the way

1 March 2004 To most Westminster pundits, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union's opening of its political fund to organisations other than Labour and the union's consequent expulsion by the party are a sideshow.

Lord Hutton and all that

1 October 2003 Anyone who comments on the proceedings of the Hutton Inquiry, and the mountain of documentation it has produced, is in danger of succumbing to the same loss of a sense of proportion that the inquiry itself represents. So, to keep things in perspective I think it would be useful to recall some basic facts.

Sacking the Ministry of Truth

1 October 2003 "People here are concerned with the real issues," said the minister glowering at us, as if to say "not the issues you want to ask me about".

Do shoot the messenger

1 August 2003 Tony Blair will face a nigh on impossible task attempting to restore the cloak of secrecy that has surrounded the true extent of Alastair Campbell's influence and control over the inner workings of the government machine

They came from a Millbank focus group

1 August 2003 Carole Hayman's Hard Choices is a dystopian satire of life under New Labour in the year 0010. The book has been compared to 1984 and Brave New World. Here, Hayman provides a dictionary style introduction to the nightmare that is Blair-world.



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