Realities

New Labour’s Lessons

Two things can be true at once. In our increasingly febrile, fractured, and factional political morass, it is incumbent that we don’t lose sight of this fact. One can be wary of the ramifications of a second referendum, yet still reluctantly accept that it may be the best route out of our internecine impasse. One can support remaining in the European Union,…

Bread, Roses and Big Bags of Cans

New Zealand has just announced that they will cease to pursue economic growth, and instead focus on ensuring the well-being of their citizens. Policies designed to tackle family violence and mental health issues abound, with half a billion for those with mild to moderate depression and anxiety and a further 320 million for domestic violence treatment also pledged. Many of the chattering…

The Social Review Episode 3: TSR on Drugs

William interviews Alex Sobel MP on intellectualism and ideology in Labour and the Tories, while Young Labour Chair Miriam Mirwitch joins the team to discuss drugs policy, self-care in politics, and Rory Stewart. Plus, the gang break down the end of the X-Men and the relevancy of Black Mirror with TSR writer and editor Henry. iTunes link RSS feed link Host: Jasper…

Class and Being Trans

Most trans discourse online that’s written for a majority cis audience is (sorry) exceedingly cursed. I’m going to give it my best shot, however, because I want to explore something I feel is well-discussed in trans circles, but not outside of them: how class and being trans intersect. Most of the rubbish that gets written about us is devoid of any thinking…

A Second Referendum: What should Labour’s strategy be?

Political historians like to talk about ‘watershed’ elections—elections that, either immediately or in retrospect, act as milestones for a paradigm shift within the electorate and a tangible sea change in wider society. The UK is more than familiar with such moments. For students of politics, years like 1931, 1945, 1979, and 1997 are etched so indelibly in their consciousnesses that the mere…

Reflections on Tiananmen

Thirty years ago, the students of a bygone generation mourned the death of a reformer.  Hu Yaobang was a political survivor and a veteran of the Civil War who’d become Deng Xiaoping’s right-hand man. Unfortunately, his enemies successfully pinned the 1986 student demonstrations on his lax attitude and he was forced out of power, dying in relative obscurity not long afterwards. Eventually,…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 2: The Wellbeing of Nations

The gang discuss New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget and what it means for the future of GDP. Meanwhile, Jasper interviews Steve Lapsley (Open Labour NEC) on anti-semitism within Labour and how to enshrine wellbeing policies in government. Plus, Stephen Harper and Sean Smyth join to discuss the Champions League Final and football’s ability to bring people together. iTunes link RSS feed link Host:…