Labour held on in Batley and Spen in spite of Keir Starmer’s unpopular leadership, not because of it. An effective local campaign kept him as far away as possible. In thrall to focus groups and media groupthink, Starmer is still guiding Labour onto the rocks.
Ronan Burtenshaw is the editor of Tribune.
Keir Starmer has tried to blame yesterday’s election disaster on Jeremy Corbyn. But it’s Starmer whose leadership has hollowed out the party, refused to offer a compelling vision for change, and left many with little reason to vote Labour.
All across Britain last night, local Labour Parties passed motions opposing Keir Starmer’s decision to deny Jeremy Corbyn the Labour whip — the broadest rebellion against Starmer’s leadership to date. A civil war within Labour is escalating.
Keir Starmer’s baseless decision to suspend former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is a transparent attack on the Left. Labour members must fight it, or everything Corbyn stood for will depart with him.
Corbynism had a popular program — but not the popular insurgency it needed to fight for it.
From her earliest days as shadow education secretary, Labour leader Keir Starmer set about undermining Rebecca Long-Bailey — because her socialist politics and trade union loyalties were incompatible with his agenda.
Bernie Sanders took socialism out of the margins and into the American mainstream for the first time in generations. His contributions to the struggle for a better world cannot be overstated.
Today’s Labour leadership election is a defeat for the Left. But the real victory for our opponents would be watching the forces we have amassed in recent years scatter to the wind.
Boris Johnson’s government has responded feebly to coronavirus, refusing to learn the lessons of other countries. Labour ought to be hammering the Tories for their inaction — and explaining why years of austerity are hobbling the NHS’s response.
In last weekend’s election, a majority of Irish voters supported parties of the Left. That and other progressive triumphs signal a new beginning for Ireland.
It’s not enough for Labour leadership candidates to just say they’ll support radical policies. They need to prove they’ll fight for them — against big business, the political establishment, and the billionaire-owned press.
UK Labour MP and potential party leader Rebecca Long Bailey has spent her life immersed in Salford and its working-class life. The right-wing British press wants to undermine those politics by attacking the city. But Salford’s history reflects the best of British working-class culture.
Labour lost this election not because it was too much of a working-class party, but because it was too little of one in too many places. Our cause endures — and now is the time to steel ourselves for the next fight.
Labour’s manifesto shows that the party understands the urgency of the burning injustices that are stunting the lives of millions in Britain today — and is prepared to take action to end them.
Labour must avoid being dragged to the center in the UK general election campaign. It’s time to make the case for socialist policies that would transform the lives of millions.
Chile’s protest movement doesn’t want small concessions. It wants to overturn the entire legacy of neoliberalism and the Pinochet dictatorship.
Forty years ago, a socialist revolution in the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada threatened to upturn the world economic order.
Some are calling for Labour to cozy up to the political center to beat Boris Johnson. They’re wrong: watering down Labour’s democratic socialist program would be a historic mistake.
Attacks on character and legal issues didn’t stop Berlusconi and Trump, and they won’t stop Boris Johnson. Sticking to Corbyn’s strong democratic socialist message is the way to beat him.
It’s a reminder that the state is not neutral, and the ruling class has more than capital strikes at its disposal.