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This Week in History: End of the British General Strike, 13 May 1926

It is 91 years to the day since Britain came as close as it ever has to a proletarian revolution. From the 3-13 May 1926, the general strike called by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in sympathy with striking miners saw the open confrontation of class interests, with de facto dual power operating across much […]

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist: Eileen

Born off the back of a desire to rake in the dollar, as Moshfegh candidly admits in an interview with The Guardian, Eileen tells the tale of a lovelorn misfit trapped in suburban New England, imprisoned by the demands of an increasingly erratic and alcoholic father. The sense of suffocation this breeds is compounded by […]

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Progressives could do well to capitalise on English identity politics

While not fought on the same terrain as last year’s independence referendum, the general election has served as a sort of proxy war for the survival of the Union. With the surge of SNP MPs soon to be heading to Westminster, albeit under no mandate to dismantle what remains of our ‘United Kingdom’, every controversial […]

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We have become insensitive to inequality

On July 2013 David Clapson, a 59 year old diabetic, died, in the words of his sister published in The Guardian, “penniless and alone” because the state department ultimately responsible for his welfare allowed him to fall through the gaps. Two days later, a child was born who will live out its life in a […]

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It is not enough just to talk about revolution

While it can’t exactly be said that Russell Brand, in his latest incarnation as robe-wearing Youtube Guru, exudes anything approaching glamour, the idea to which he is presently in thrall – revolution – has long been attractive to young people: a tendency of thought picked up and brushed off as quickly as a penchant for […]

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The SNP has sparked change in Scottish left

With the red rose of Labour expected to decay into a few sparse petals while the virile SNP thrives on the scorched earth of post-referendum politics, the map of Westminster constituencies will soon reflect the ramifications of that “once-in-a-generation” event. Whatever the consequences of the SNP’s growth for the make-up of the UK Parliament – […]

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Croatia’s debt-cancelling policy is admirable

The news that Croatia will cancel the debts of up to 60,000 of its poorest citizens will be welcomed in many quarters, either as an example of progressive economic thinking designed to facilitate future growth, or as a potentially life-changing reprieve for people who perhaps have fallen on hard times through no fault of their […]

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DEBATE : Is opening a LGBT school a good idea?

Clea Skopeliti: Yes, the school would provide a safe environment for pupils Since a Manchester community group floated the idea of opening a LGBT school for teens in the city, the news has been flooded with articles trying to explain why it’s ‘a terrible idea’ and how this will make it harder, not easier, for LGBT […]