Labour Leadership

The Social Review Podcast Episode 62: Left Out of This Land

Joe, Lines and Julia meet to discuss two big new books about Corbyn’s Labour Party: ‘This Land: The Story of a Movement’ by Owen Jones, and ‘Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn’ by Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire. The team discuss the book’s different conclusions, whether it casts new light on Corbyn’s Labour or not, the importance of interpersonal…

Starmerscepticism: An Unsentimental Approach

Photo Credit Keir Starmer’s election reflected the age we live in; a low key acceptance speech a day before Boris Johnson was admitted to intensive care. This was not an atmosphere conducive to dramatic gestures by his internal opponents. Starmerscepticism has been born nonetheless, on Twitter, on Facebook and on the pages of mostly online outlets previously notable for their loyal support…

Starmer’s Socialist Alternatives

Musing on the future of the Labour Party in 1986, one twenty-four-year-old activist denounced centrism, insisting that the future lay with the grassroots Left. “Instead of heading towards an SDP Mark II”, he wrote,  “we would be better to go forward to re-build and develop the party as an instrument of socialism, capable of integrating into its project the emergence of the…

Keir Theory

It is often said of Boris Johnson that his mode of doing politics is a bluff: a bumbling fool act that hides a very nasty strain of Tory politics which people don’t truly see until they have learned to love him. His opposite, Keir Starmer, seems to have the reverse image; a man who constantly and straightforwardly tells us exactly what he…

OPEN LETTER: Cancel the Rent

To: The Labour Party cc: Thangam Debbonaire MP, Keir Starmer MP On the Subject of Rent and COVID-19: Across the United Kingdom, in every single one of your constituencies, there are private renters. These private renters are key workers. They are workers for the NHS, for supermarkets, across all essential services. They are the workers that you wish to centre your post-pandemic…

Reflections on the Corbyn Years

Tomorrow, Jeremy Corbyn’s term at the helm of Labour will come to an end. Some of The Social Review’s editors and contributors give their thoughts on his leadership:   “Corbynism changed what we thought was possible within electoral politics” It is impossible to overstate how necessary Corbyn’s victory was for the Labour party. Had it not happened, there is a very good…

Genre Change

Though Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice has stuck in the wider cultural memory as a great romance for the ages, one of the most important parts of the novel does not deal with pining or misunderstandings or grand love declarations: it is instead when Charlotte Lucas, who had until that point all but become a spinster, tells her friend Elizabeth Bennett that…