Latest update. November Editorial: The Troublesome 5%. Outstanding Brexit issues.
From September 2018: News from France (Froggy), Parliamentary Notes, and Notes on the News: Britons Voting For Their Own Suffering, Shed No Tears for Bomber McCain, Trump Guilt of Sex!, Fifty Years On From Russia Crushing Czechoslovakia, A Deadly Bridge In Italy, Getting Tough With Turks, Living In Peace, Another Suffering Minority, Brains Hurt?, Wrecked Syria, Sex Abuse Wasn’t Only Catholics.
Also everything for November 2017: Editorial: Corbyn On a Roll; Parliament And World War One: ; Froggy; Notes on the News; New Zealand ‘Populism’; Zionism as the Abolition of Jews; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Disembodied Voices, Truth as an Illness, Mannequin as President. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 282 November 2017
Latest update. September Editorial: Democratic Reforms. Should the leaders of Labour council groups to be elected by the party membership? And what’s happening with direct elections for the national leader?.
From June 2018: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes. Also Notes on the News: USA – Land of the Freely Self-Harming, In Iceland, the State Does Its Job, Guns Before Royals, Black in the Union Jack, How Dare Anyone Know I am Related to my Relatives!, How Dare They Recognise My Face!, Thou Shalt Have No Eternal Truth, Other Than What We Invented Last Week, Global Votes, Most Flesh Is Grass.
Also everything for September 2017: Editorial: Brexit Blues; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Labour in Northern Ireland; Baby Boomers to Blame?; Taylor report on Industrial Practices; Poems: Barcelona, Gaza City, Hallelujah!, Did You Pack This Bomber Yourself. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 280 September 2017
Latest update. June Editorial: The Resignation of Ken Livingstone.
From April 2018: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.
Also Notes on the News: Time On Our Side, You Don’t Need a Gay Indian-Irishman To Know Which Way the Wind Blows, Ambiguous Leftism in the Czech Republic, More Old Hatreds Revive, Jews, Seals and Antisemites, Gaddafi the Second?, Don’t worry, be Finland, Money Fit for Crooks, Remembering Stephen Hawking.
Also everything for June 2017: Editorial: Corbyn’s Comeback; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 11); Corbyn’s speech on Foreign Policy; David Morrison on Corbyn and Foreign Policy; Awed by Amazing Twentieth; Listening to Italy; Poems: A New Low, Taking A Rise Out Of Him, The Sacrificial. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 278 – June 2017
Brendan Clifford explaining why ‘De-Stalinisation’ was a wrong turn, well before the Soviet decline and fall.
Medvedev on Stalin. A study from 1980, when the Soviet system was still strong. It shows that the attempt by Soviet political writer Roy Medvedev to Khrushchev’s attempt to define a ‘Stalinism’ distinct from Leninism was nonsense. All the Old Bolsheviks had similar ideas. All of them had a similar willingness to crush and denounce opponents. Stalin alone was a competent politician when Lenin was no longer there to give guidance.
Soviet Socialism and Law. A survey of Soviet legal theory. This shows that an authoritarian attitude was general among Bolsheviks, and indeed was found in many other thinkers. That Stalin’s own views were relatively moderate.
Market Socialism in the Soviet Union. A study from the late 1960s, that strongly criticised the economic reforms that were introduced under Khrushchev. And looks at economic theories of the superiority of market mechanism, which had a lot in common with the New Right ideas applied in the West in the 1980s.
Marxism and Market Socialism. A second study from the late 1960s, which suggests that economic theorists in the Soviet Union had got into a complete muddle about what was or was not a commodity. And a history of the idea of Market Socialism.