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Security leak farce and Gavin Williamson sacking shows Tory weakness


In many ways Gavin Williamson, the sacked Tory defence secretary, is a preposterous figure. As chief whip, he helped Theresa May become prime minister. Promoted to defence secretary in November 2017, he struck hawkish poses.

The Brexit Party aims to strengthen the far right - don’t be a fool for Farage


There are two common mistakes about Brexit. The first is that it is necessarily a coherent right wing project about achieving an even more radical form of neoliberalism than currently prevails in Britain.

Extinction Rebellion marks a watershed - don’t miss the boat of climate rebellion


I’m sure there are very many people who feel the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London over Easter mark a watershed.

Are the Tories facing an existential crisis?


Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a brilliant novel called The Reprieve, set during the Munich crisis of September 1938. He showed how the agreement that ended the crisis solved nothing, simply postponing the outbreak of the Second World War by a year.

Brexit is not a key cause of the crisis in the car industry


Bad news has been hitting the British car industry since the start of the year. In January Jaguar Land Rover announced 4,500 redundancies, mostly in Britain.

Does money make the world go round?


In the past few weeks discussion of the obscure economic school is Modern Monetory Theory has gone viral

Labour rows expose electoralism’s limits


The formation of The Independent Group (TIG) by breakaway Labour and Tory MPs is a sign of the extent to which the two-party system is buckling under the pressures of Brexit.

Antisemitism is a far right ideology


Antisemitic conspiracy theories have nothing to do with the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, with his history of anti-racist and anti-imperialist campaigning, let alone that of the Marxist left

Centre group is formed on shrinking ground


Finally, all the rumours of a new centre party have given birth to—a mouse

Colin Barker - a Marxist committed to socialism from below


Colin Barker, following Erik Olin Wright and Jeremy Hardy, is the latest outstanding socialist whom we have lost these past few days.

Banks propped up by states a decade on


The 2007-8 financial crash continues to overshadow the world economy. The big economic news last week was the decision of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed), not to increase interest rates.

Class was the key for Erik Olin Wright


The Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright died of leukaemia last week. He was 71 years old.

Jeremy Corbyn can break the impasse over Brexit if he backs free movement


After the crushing House of Commons defeat for her deal with the European Union (EU), Theresa May has been going through the motions of talking to opposition parties.

Struggle can break paralysis on Brexit


A thin ray of light shone through the Brexit tangle last week. Two government defeats in the House of Commons marked the moment when Theresa May definitively lost control of the parliamentary process governing Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU).

Turkey gains from isolationist Donald Trump


Just before Christmas Donald Trump took an important step towards controlling his own administration. By announcing the withdrawal of US troops in Syria he provoked the resignation of his defence secretary Jim Mattis.

Oil is an incentive in the US and Saudi relationship


The recent see-sawing of the oil price has a lot more to do with politics—particularly geopolitical competition among states—than economics

What does global capital want out of a Brexit deal?


Brexit has become, as numerous commentators have pointed out, a historic crisis of the British state

US is trying to slow down China’s rise


Donald Trump has been blundering around Europe again, picking fights as he goes. But the relationship that really matters is between the US and China.

The White House can’t trump socialism


The Trump administration is full of surprises. The White House’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has just published a 72-page report called, “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.”

Why Fukuyama still doesn’t get history


Francis Fukuyama has published a new book with the remarkably dull title Identity—not that anyone has really noticed. It was very different back in 1992, when The End of History and the Last Man came out.

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