Realities

The Social Review Podcast Episode 31: Previewing Open Labour’s Conference

This week, Jasper sits down again with Steve Lapsley of Open Labour’s NEC to preview their winter conference on Sunday, January 26th, discussing their Labour leadership hustings and the fallout from the general election. iTunes Link The Social Review is pleased to be the official media partner of Open Labour’s hustings in Nottingham on January 26th, an event sponsored by the Electoral…

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…