Brexit and the Tory schisms

Submitted by martin on Wed, 12/06/2019 - 14:29
Tory leadership candidates

Andrew Gamble is emeritus professor of politics at Sheffield University, and author of many books on Marxist theory and studies of the Conservative party. He talked with Martin Thomas from Solidarity.

Q. There are at least three relatively longstanding strands of division in the Conservative Party now in play:

• US orientation vs European orientation

• English-nationalist orientation vs UK orientation

• Ideological orientation vs traditional pragmatic small-c conservative orientation.

What roles do you think they are playing?

Bridgend: fight the closure!

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 12/06/2019 - 08:52

On 6 June, Ford said it would close its Bridgend engine plant in 2020. Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of the Unite trade union, declared: “Unite representatives across all of Ford’s UK sites have previously stated if any plant in the UK is faced with closure or compulsory redundancies that they would all move to a ballot for industrial action.

Scottish Labour, the Euro-elections and long-term decline

Submitted by cathy n on Thu, 30/05/2019 - 09:19
Scottish Labour

In Scotland Labour’s share of the vote in last Thursday’s EU election slumped to just over 9%, costing it both its sitting MEPs. It came fifth overall, just one percentage point ahead of the Greens. In 2014 Scottish Labour had won 26% of the vote.

In some local authority areas Labour did far worse. In Edinburgh Scottish Labour came sixth, with 7% of the vote. In the Scottish Borders it also came sixth, with less than 3% of the vote and less than one percentage point ahead of Change UK.

Sack the 3 Ms

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 12:10

It wasn’t just Alistair Campbell types, Blairites, who defected from Labour to the Lib Dems or the Greens in the 23 May Euro-elections. Many left-wing Labour supporters defected too, or didn’t vote, disgusted by Labour’s equivocation on Brexit.

Maelstrom of mendacious messaging?

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 10:40
euro election

Sometimes the Morning Star comes up with an editorial comment so bizarre, so devoid of evidence, that you wonder whether editor Ben Chacko (or whoever it is writes this stuff) re-reads their own words, or thinks about them, before dashing them off to print. The print edition on Friday 24 May, the day after the Euro-election, carried an extraordinary example.


Submitted by AWL on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 10:20

“If Labour stands for anything, it should call for yesterday’s [23 May] election results to be annulled based on clear evidence of the disenfranchisement of large portions of the population”, writes Urte Macikene on the Labour for a Socialist Europe website.

“At my polling station in Lambeth... I could see my name on the electoral register, but it was printed in bright red with a strike through the middle. I could call the council to complain, the staff said, but as the Town Hall was closed, there was nothing to be done other than lodge a complaint the next day.

The shape of politics after 23 May

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 29/05/2019 - 09:11
brexit party

In the 23 May Euro-election, Labour, by not putting their lot in with the Remain parties, muddied the waters and stopped a clear Remain vote emerging.

The Labour leaders also allowed the Lib Dems to detox. For the first time since the 2010-15 coalition government, lots of people are willing to vote for them. That is damaging for Labour (though also for the Conservatives).

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