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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.

Chagos Islands shame


Some of the longest-suffering victims of Britain’s colonial past managed to embarrass its rulers in front of the world

The Tories fall apart over Brexit—now break their rule


Cracks in ­establishment politics are turning into chasms

Why there’s nothing funny about using blackface


Recently the Gucci luxury fashion brand produced a jumper which, when pulled over the wearer’s lower head, looks like blackface.

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

Don’t let blame for Grenfell Tower disaster be deflected onto firefighters


A Channel 4 Dispatches documentary entitled Grenfell: Did the Fire Brigade Fail? aired on Monday.

Honda job losses - the crisis in the car industry is about capitalism, not Brexit


The threat to the jobs of 3,500 Honda workers in Swindon shows bosses’ contempt for workers.

Centre group is formed on shrinking ground


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

Arab rulers risk revolt by betraying Palestine


A summit last week exposed rulers’ disdain for Palestinians—but solidarity could block their plans

Scrap capitalism to save the planet


Two reports this week spelled out the scale of the threat posed by climate change. They follow decades of similar warnings.

Should the internet be policed? And if so, by who?


High profile cases have pushed internet regulation up the political agenda, but Simon Basketter says it isn’t the answer

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.

Our action can break the Brexit blockage


There’s a paralysis and sense of unreality in British politics

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.

What’s behind the hard border debate in Ireland?


Tomáš Tengely-Evans unpacks the arguments around the “backstop” agreement and what it means for ordinary people

We're cut as the rich prosper


Working class people everywhere have been hit hard by Tory cuts.

Labour’s shameful betrayal of migrants


 Labour had a chance to stop a major racist Tory attack on migrants this week. It failed

Class was the key for Erik Olin Wright


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

Engines of Privilege—Dismantling an education system for the powerful


Public schools help to entrench an unequal society. We can build something better, writes Miriam Scharf

The first Dail—when Ireland defied Westminster


The story of the first Dail shows it’s possible to break the rule of Westminster, writes Simon Basketter

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