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Announcement: Open Labour Hustings

The Social Review is pleased to announce that it will be an Official Media Partner for January 26th’s Open Labour Leadership Hustings. The Hustings will take place in Nottingham as part of Open Labour’s Winter Conference. As part of our coverage, members of the editorial team will be tweeting from our account (@SocReview) and write ups of the event will be featured…

A Moral Imperative

Last month’s election was much more than just a political defeat for Labour: it was a moment of profound moral failure, the latest in a series with far too many examples to be recounted. Over the last four years, antisemites have been indulged in the Labour Party, protected by institutional inertia, and encouraged by the conduct of the party’s most senior figures.…

Politics and Dreams

I really have trouble understanding people who think of politics as a dry topic, or who view it as all wonkery and triangulation. Politics is completely insane and weirdly emotional (did you know Peter Mandelson once phoned Gordon Brown to tell him, “I love you, but I can destroy you”?) and it leaches into the lives of activists on all fronts. It’s…

Labour Isn’t Reflecting

On Sunday 15 December, Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby announced to staff the proposed timetable for the next party leadership election. The “period of reflection”, which Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would oversee as leader, will effectively end just 3 weeks after the party’s election defeat. Considering the state of the 2015 leadership contest up until the first BBC hustings, it is astonishing…

The View From The Ground

I joined the Labour Party on 13 December 2014.. In the five years since then, I’ve campaigned in three general elections, all three of which Labour has lost. I distinctly remember seeing “Conservatives Largest Party” flash up at 10pm on the 7th of May 2015 and thinking “oh god.” It was a feeling I knew I never wanted to feel again. But…

Faith and the Left in the 21st Century

    A few months ago, I found myself debating with some politically like-minded friends whether or not religion could be ‘compatible’ with socialism.  The broad consensus went something like this: individual religious belief is fine, provided it’s confined to the private sphere, some of the great socialists of history were also people of deep faith, but ‘Organised Religion’ –– like, say,…