13 February 2020 — The Electronic Intifada
27 September 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation
During his 2016 leadership campaign Jeremy Corbyn spoke to a packed meeting of supporters. “We are a social movement,” he said.
Corbyn has certainly overseen a transformation of the Labour Party. From fewer than 200,000 members prior to the 2015 election, he is largely responsible for its rise to more than 550,000 by the end of 2017. By some distance, Labour is now the largest UK political party.
23 May 2018 — InvestigatingImperialism
Why should it be that in a climate that’s shifted so far to the right, that out of the morass that is contemporary Britain, there should emerge a politician who was shaped by and effectively still lives, in a world that no longer exists? It’s bizarre to say the least but how to explain it?
24 January 2018 — InvestigatingImperialism
Illusion and Reality
It’s interesting reading comments on the essays I write that get published around the world on various websites (at least those that permit comments) regarding Jeremy Corbyn.
What appears to generate the most ire are my views on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party as the alleged vehicle for radical, social transformation. It seems the man can do no wrong. He appears to have achieved some kind of saintly status amongst those on the left and amongst progressives in general, let alone the millions who voted for him. So is it any wonder that my decidedly unfashionable views provoke such negative reactions?
July 15 2017 — investigating imperialism
Consider the Grenfell Tower inferno as an expression of a new kind of class war, but not a class war as we have known it–between organised workers, political parties and capital–but between ordinary citizens and the local fiefdoms of the capitalist state as increasingly, big business has taken over the running of what’s left of our public and collective life, through ‘outsourcing’, public-private-partnerships and what have you, where making a profit is the bottom line, not serving the public.
16 June 2017 — investigating imperialism
“From nowhere, a grassroots power base of [60,000] left-wing activists overturned Blair’s 20-year “New Labour” project, which took the party into the Clintonite center ground, and ultimately to three straight general election victories, No.10 Downing Street, and government. As the leader of Britain’s main opposition, Corbyn is technically the next prime minister in waiting. This is not a trivial achievement.
“It has left his party’s establishment stunned.” – ‘Momentum: The Inside story of how Corbyn took control of the Labour Party‘, Business Insider, March 3, 2016
11 November 2016 — Red Pepper
[This is an interesting essay on the left’s current (and on-going) dilemma concerning a theoretically revitalised Labour Party headed by Jeremy Corbyn: What is it? Can the Labour Party transcend its roots in the now defunct labour movement? Can the Labour Party be transformed into a ‘social movement’ (whatever that is)? And if so, is this transformed Labour Party capable of leading us toward a socialist alternative to the current insanity? Read on… WB]
Jeremy Gilbert says that no single party can defeat neoliberalism. A broader social movement is needed
Margaret Thatcher’s government built neoliberalism into a ‘kitchen table’ common sense, putting walls around our imaginations