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Super Thursday elections: Starmer and Labour's continuing decline - CounterBlast

Super Thursday elections: Starmer and Labour's continuing decline - CounterBlast

Opinion May 4, 2021

Polling suggests Labour is set to do badly in the elections this week, dispelling myths of the electability of Sir Keir, argues Terina Hine

Independence rallies on eve of Scottish elections, but will Holyrood challenge Westminster?

Independence rallies on eve of Scottish elections, but will Holyrood challenge Westminster?

Opinion May 3, 2021

Scottish independence will be a major challenge for parties on both sides of the border, argues Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

‘Arm the Protestants’: a state born in sectarian violence

‘Arm the Protestants’: a state born in sectarian violence

History May 3, 2021

One hundred years since the partition of Ireland into north and south, Chris Bambery looks at the determination by government, police and big business to hold o...

“How can they treat key workers like this?” – interview with a Thurrock Council striker

“How can they treat key workers like this?” – interview with a Thurrock Council striker

Interview May 2, 2021

Frontline refuse workers in Thurrock are striking back against attacks on pay and conditions.  Yonas Makoni interviews one of the strikers.

NEU to teach Pimlico Academy a lesson - News from the Frontline

NEU to teach Pimlico Academy a lesson - News from the Frontline

Latest News April 30, 2021

Counterfire's weekly digest with the latest on strikes and workplace struggles

Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century - book review

Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century - book review

Book Reviews April 29, 2021

Richman’s Tell the Bosses We’re Coming provides a valuable discussion of the challenges facing trade unions and offers a range of solutions to be debated, finds...

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How dangerous is Marine Le Pen?

How dangerous is Marine Le Pen?

John Mullen assesses the prospect of electoral success for Marine Le Pen and argues that she must be countered by national anti-fascist initiatives from the lef...

May 6, 2021 John Mullen

The dangerous victory for the Spanish right in Madrid

The dangerous victory for the Spanish right in Madrid

Chris Bambery analyses the Popular Party’s success in Madrid’s elections, and the increased power of the far right Vox party

May 5, 2021 Chris Bambery

The left and the Unite election

The left and the Unite election

The upcoming election in Unite the Union is a test for the left at a critical time

May 4, 2021 Counterfire

Don’t be confused by complexity: defending Julian Assange is defending democracy

Don’t be confused by complexity: defending Julian Assange is defending democracy

On Press Freedom Day, Erik Sandberg argues that defending Assange is crucial to protecting human rights and free speech in the West and beyond

May 3, 2021 Erik Sandberg

Manchester May Day march takes aim at fire and rehire

Manchester May Day march takes aim at fire and rehire

A large contingent turned out to march up to the Go North West bus garage in solidarity with the striking bus bus drivers, reports Martin Hall

May 3, 2021 Martin Hall

Round 3: Kill the Bill protesters take to the streets across the country

Round 3: Kill the Bill protesters take to the streets across the country

On International Workers' Day, protesters marched for a third national day of action against the impending expansion of police powers. Counterfire reports from ...

May 1, 2021 Counterfire

Chartism: the first great working class movement

Chartism: the first great working class movement

Chartism was a mass movement for political and social change in the 1830s and 1840s - John Westmoreland looks at the crucial lessons it provides for activists t...

May 1, 2021 John Westmoreland

'Nuclear weapons are insane – shut down Faslane!'

'Nuclear weapons are insane – shut down Faslane!'

Activists who blockaded Faslane nuclear base in Glasgow are calling for a safer and greener future, reports Mark Porciani.

May 1, 2021 Mark Porciani

Theory

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Why does the Labour Party fail? - explainer

Alex Snowdon dissects the root of Labour's failures as a party that's meant to represent working people

October 27, 2020 Alex Snowdon

What is imperialism? - explainer

What is imperialism? - explainer

In the tenth part of a series of explainers, Dragan Plavšić examines the roots of imperialism and how to oppose it

September 8, 2020 Dragan Plavšić

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

Is revolution possible in the twenty-first century? – explainer

In the ninth part of our explainer series, Katherine Connelly looks at the continuing possibility of revolution for transforming society today

August 25, 2020 Katherine Connelly

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

Books

The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology - book review

The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology - book review

Bellamy Foster’s Return of Nature shows that ecological science and socialism have developed together from Marx and Engels’ writings, finds Dominic Alexander ...

April 22, 2021 Dominic Alexander

The Caduca - book review

The Caduca - book review

Richard Allday defends science fiction, and enjoys Elaine Graham-Leigh’s The Caduca, a novel for the disregarded

April 15, 2021 Richard Allday

Alliance of Adversaries: The Congress of the Toilers of the Far East - book review

Alliance of Adversaries: The Congress of the Toilers of the Far East - book review

The 1922 Comintern Congress of the workers of the Far East underlines the importance of anti-imperialism and the politics of liberation to the revolution, argue...

April 8, 2021 Chris Bambery