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Wheels are coming off the Johnson bandwagon - CounterBlast

Wheels are coming off the Johnson bandwagon - CounterBlast

Opinion September 30, 2020

Even his own MPs are now losing faith in the Prime Minister’s ability to manage the second wave of the pandemic, writes Sean Ledwith

When Towering Inferno meets Groundhog Day - weekly briefing

When Towering Inferno meets Groundhog Day - weekly briefing

Opinion September 27, 2020

Lindsey German on a Tory party that cannot cope and a pitiful pseudo-opposition

Starmer’s road leads to disaster: the left urgently needs a new direction

Starmer’s road leads to disaster: the left urgently needs a new direction

Analysis September 26, 2020

A left in thrall to Starmer's Labour risks irrelevance, argues Chris Nineham

Radical Scotland and The Fight for Scottish Democracy - book review

Radical Scotland and The Fight for Scottish Democracy - book review

Book Reviews September 24, 2020

Two new histories of working-class radicalism in Scotland from the French Revolution to the crisis of 1820 show the relevance of these events to today, finds Ch...

US torn by crises as election looms

US torn by crises as election looms

Analysis September 23, 2020

Ahead of the US elections, John Clarke considers the balance of forces, the dangers of a second Trump term and the intensifying crisis whatever the outcome ...

Workers are fighting back - news from the frontline

Workers are fighting back - news from the frontline

Analysis September 23, 2020

The first of a fortnightly digest rouding up the stories of working people getting organised and fighting back

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What's gone wrong with the media? - video

What's gone wrong with the media? - video

At a Bristol Counterfire meeting, Chris Nineham, Kerry-Anne Mendoza and Tom Mills discuss the state of the British media and how the left can challenge the main...

September 30, 2020 Bristol Counterfire

Penally camp: Pembrokeshire unites to boot the fascists out

Penally camp: Pembrokeshire unites to boot the fascists out

The far-right have been mobilising at Penally camp where refugees are being housed, but anti-racists have have stepped up their organisation in response, report...

September 29, 2020 Jim Scott

Johnson's 'Lifelong Learning': all bluster and no solutions - CounterBlast

Johnson's 'Lifelong Learning': all bluster and no solutions - CounterBlast

Boris Johnson's latest measure falls way short of the mark and will do nothing to stop the impending unemployment tsunami, argues Terina Hine

September 29, 2020 Terina Hine

The Covid crisis in universities: voices from the frontline

The Covid crisis in universities: voices from the frontline

The new term has seen universities plunged into Covid-chaos. John Westmoreland spoke to UCU activists about what’s happening and the action we need

September 29, 2020 John Westmoreland

Put students ahead of profit: the lesson of the Covid-19 outbreak at Scottish universities

Put students ahead of profit: the lesson of the Covid-19 outbreak at Scottish universities

Blaming students is a cynical move to distract from the deeper causes of the recent outbreaks, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

September 28, 2020 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

When the virus hits a primary school - a teacher's account

When the virus hits a primary school - a teacher's account

As the number of schools with coronavirus cases continues to rise, a primary school teacher at a London school tells us what it's like on the frontline ...

September 28, 2020 Anonymous

Capitalism costs lives: the Boeing disasters

Capitalism costs lives: the Boeing disasters

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a blinding light on how capitalism measures and values our social priorities, argues Tony Dowling

September 28, 2020 Tony Dowling

British Gas is using Covid as cover to attack its entire workforce

British Gas is using Covid as cover to attack its entire workforce

British Gas is planning to 'fire and rehire' its employees on worsened terms and conditions and to end union recognition, reports Chris Neville

September 27, 2020 Chris Neville

Engels 200

Engels' contribution to Marxism

Engels' contribution to Marxism

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost Tony Cliff's 1996 speech on Engels

June 28, 2020 Tony Cliff

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

Engels was right, class society and women's oppression aren't inevitable or irreversible

As part of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at Engels' The Origins of the Fami...

May 17, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Engels on nature and humanity

Engels on nature and humanity

In the third of our series on the revolutionary Frederick Engels, on the 200th anniversary of his birth, we repost this excerpt from an upcoming short book on E...

April 4, 2020 Michael Roberts

Theory

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

What went wrong in Russia? - explainer

In the eighth part of a series of socialist explainers, Vladimir Unkovski-Korica analyses what went wrong in post-revolution Russia

August 18, 2020 Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

Is a society without oppression possible? - explainer

In the seventh part of a series of socialist explainers, Elaine Graham-Leigh analyses where oppression comes from and if it can be overcome

August 11, 2020 Elaine Graham-Leigh

Why class matters - explainer

Why class matters - explainer

In the fifth part of a series of socialist explainers, David McAllister explains what the working class is and why it's central to transforming society ...

July 28, 2020 David McAllister

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

Does a biased media make change impossible? - explainer

In the fourth of a series of socialist explainers, Des Freedman looks at the possibilities for change in the face of a hostile media establishment

July 21, 2020 Des Freedman

Can economic planning work? - explainer

Can economic planning work? - explainer

In the third of a series of socialist explainers, Dominic Alexander takes on the idea that a planned economy cannot work

July 14, 2020 Dominic Alexander

Books

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel - book review

Rachel Holmes’ monumental biography of Sylvia Pankhurst succeeds in capturing her energy and brilliance, and the relevance of her causes for today, finds Kather...

September 17, 2020 Katherine Connelly

The London Dream: Migration and the Mythology of the City - book review

The London Dream: Migration and the Mythology of the City - book review

Chris McMillan knows the London Dream all too well, and his book shows how the city exploits labour whatever the form of capitalism it has hosted, finds Morgan ...

September 10, 2020 Morgan Daniels

The Ballot or The Streets or Both? From Marx and Engels to Lenin and the October Revolution - book review

The Ballot or The Streets or Both? From Marx and Engels to Lenin and the October Revolution - book review

August Nimtz’s study of Lenin’s approach to elections reveals the continuities with Marx and their enduring relevance to revolutionary politics, argues Alex Sno...

September 3, 2020 Alex Snowdon