Possibilities

Labour’s Legal Turn

Keir Starmer’s arrival as leader of the Labour Party will, of course, shift many of the political co-ordinates. Labour’s institutional setting will look different under a new leadership. But the case Labour has staked out in the last four years – opposing austerity, raising taxes on the richest, supporting a far wider role for the state in the economy – now, under…

The Need for Democratic Reform

Why democratic reform must be at the heart of Labour’s programme for government After December’s election defeat there is a clear need for all candidates to engage in a clear, honest and thoughtful assessment of Labour’s current electoral and political situation. The ongoing leadership contest must include a serious discussion of how to remake and renew Britain’s democratic institutions. We’ve so far…

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

When I was a teenager, I was – like many – ricocheting from phase to phase. One of these was a truly terrible atheist phase, where I made the following argument in Religious Studies class: ‘If Christians sincerely believed that Heaven was as good as they say, why would they all not just nuke everything, in order to get there more quickly?’ In…

Bernie Sanders and Jewishness

As a left-wing, secular Jewish member of the Labour Party, I have recently been noticing a particular pattern of behaviour from Labour activists and members on social media. Like many party members, I have been avidly following the Democratic primary in the US, and like many party members, I’ve followed Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, since his insurgent campaign for the…

Choose Life: Countering Right Wing Libertarianism

Prime Minister Boris Johnson – God, what an opening – has appointed perhaps the most revoltingly hard-right cabinet of my lifetime. Two of the contributors to the libertarian screed Britannia Unchained, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab, now occupy great offices of state. It is not enough for the left to define ourselves as simply anti- Boris: we need to articulate alternatives. Libertarianism…