Realities

We Could Never Breathe

I was initially approached to write a few words for the Social Review about the work of the 1987 Caucus and the under-representation of Black men within the Labour Party. However, recent events in Minnesota and across the United States have become impossible to ignore. The killing of George Floyd is an all too familiar American story. A “routine” police stop for…

Steamed Hamms 3: Domnishambles

It wasn’t a Westminster bubble story. 71% of people polled felt that he had broken the rules and we’ve all heard the stories of MPs’ inboxes flooded with emails from angry constituents. Hugh and Julia have already written excellent pieces on this issue, but I want to focus on a particular narrative that was prevalent as this saga began – that, by…

Beam Me Up Softlord

I live in a flatshare. Late one evening a few months back, we needed some emergency maintenance done – needing a fix sharpish, we called someone out and paid upfront. The next day we asked our landlord to reimburse us for the cost of this maintenance; he replied with a text saying that he was unwilling to cough up because the tone…

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…