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The Tories fear Brexit - we need to shape it


The left must start to contest the debate about what will happen when Britain leaves the European Union (EU). At the moment the argument is dominated by competing right wing visions.

Don't forget the message of Marikana


This week four years ago South African police gunned down 34 striking mine workers at the Lonmin corporation’s Marikana mine.

Trotsky was right - we need a revolution


Tom Watson’s dossier on “Trotsky entryists” into the Labour Party has been used as an attack on the whole left.

Why the Labour right love to twist the truth about Trotsky


Labour deputy leader Tom Watson is hardly the first to use Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky as a cheap insult.

Stand with Corbyn - not Smith or Jones


As the Labour leadership contest hots up, Alex Callinicos looks at the roots of the conflict gripping the Labour Party and explains why it matters that Jeremy Corbyn wins

Latest strike figures show a drop - but they don’t tell the whole story


Official figures show a sharp drop in the number of working days “lost” to strikes in 2015 compared to 2014. But the figures don’t necessarily show a recent shift in class struggle.

Theresa May's grammar schools will write working class children off as failures


The Tories could open new grammar schools. The right wing press eagerly explained that this is part of Theresa May’s drive to boost “social mobility”.

Turn the radical mood into a mass movement against Tory austerity


One thing the surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn shows is that working class people are seething with anger against politicians and the bosses.

The ‘constraint of unity’ fatally weakened the Bennite left


Calls for a truce in the Labour Party risk leading the left to repeat the mistakes of the 1980s, warns Sadie Robinson

There is no ‘lesser evil’ in the US election


Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate the usual arguments are being mobilised to brigade the left behind her. The most important one stresses not the positive qualities of the Democratic candidate but the negative qualities of their Republican opponent.

Stafford Cripps - a one-time Labour radical who was a turncoat twice over


Simon Basketter continues our series of columns on the Labour Party with a look at one of its lesser-known radicals

Labour right has no clue on beating the Tories


Jeremy Corbyn’s critics inside the Labour Party have perfected missing the point.

Theresa May’s first war as bombs drop on Libya


Politicians have learned nothing from the Chilcot report.

The useless Labour right is flailing into a slow-motion split


The Labour right are a puzzle. How come they are simultaneously so venomous towards Jeremy Corbyn and, as John McDonnell famously put it, so “useless”?

Don't compromise with the Labour right


The leader of the Labour Party called on his supporters last week to join him in building a “social movement” that can force change through parliament.

Capitalism's growing pains


Young adults in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa are on average 5cm shorter than their counterparts 40 years ago, revealed an extraordinary study released this week.

May’s new cabinet faces old problems


Commentators were quick to identify the contradiction in Theresa May’s new government. As Robert Peston put it, “her rhetoric is more left wing than Cameron’s was, her cabinet is more right wing than his was.”

Marxism and oppression - do we say 'class first, race later?'


The Institute of Race Relations has published its journal Race and Class highlighting the fight against racism in post-war Britain.

Real change comes when the masses act


For our rulers, ordinary people are best seen and not heard. They want us to accept politics as a spectator sport, and to take as little part in it as possible.

Donald Trump - a sign of decay in US politics


The US Republican Party convention, which took place this week, paints a terrifying picture of US politics at its worst.

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