Labour Affairs – March 2019 Updates

Latest update.  March Editorial: Paper TIGers.  The eight Labour MPs who resigned from the party last month, and formed themselves into The Independent Group, hope to wreck Labour’s chances of winning the next general election.  They want to prevent anything being done about the unfair accumulation of wealth and the squeezing of the needy.

From December 2018: News from France (Froggy), Parliamentary Notes 1 – Mrs May, and Parliamentary Notes 2 – Legal Position;.  Also Notes on the News: Bush Senior, the Vice President, They Shall Not Grow Old: They Were Stupidly Slaughtered, US Republicans – Make Hate, Not Love, Climate Change – Not Always Warm, But Mostly Worse, Climate-Change Extinction?  Or Hitler Plus?, Taiwan: Not Gayly Wed, Not Separatist, Ukraine Versus Ukraine, But Blaming Russia, From Brexit to Poxit?

Also everything for March 2018:  Editorial: Labour’s Poisoned Chalice; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 3; Letter from New ZealandEugenics; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 285 – March 2018

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Labour Affairs – February 2019 Updates

Latest update.  February Editorial: Once More Unto Brussels.  February 2019
May is engaging with MPs of all parties to reach an agreement she can take back to Brussels and secure a deal that parliament can support; a Plan B. But this appears to be a forlorn task as EU negotiators have made it clear that no significant changes can be made to her deal..

From November 2018: News from France ( Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes;.  Also Notes on the News: Trump Resigns as World Boss, Trump Upholds Feed-the-Rich, Doctor Who and the Real Racists, Brazil, Where the Politics is Nuts, Hurricanes, Japan Recovers.

Also everything for February 2018: Editorial: What A Carry On, Carillion; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Letter from New Zealand; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 2; Local Government and the national Labour agenda; German Social Democracy; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Comment on Carillion. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 284 February 2018

Labour Affairs – November 2018 Updates

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: ; FroggyNotes 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

Labour Affairs – September 2018 Updates

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 PracticesPoems: Barcelona, Gaza City, Hallelujah!, Did You Pack This Bomber Yourself.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 280 September 2017

Labour Affairs – June 2018 Updates

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; FroggyNotes 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

 

Labour Affairs – April 2018 updates

Rush To Judgement.  April 2018 Editorial: Theresa May pointed the finger of guilt directly at the Russian government.

Plus News from France (Froggy), Notes on the News, and Parliamentary Notes for December 2017, and February 2018.

Also everything for March and April 2017:

April 2017: Editorial: The PLP: Labour’s Timid Tendency; Parliament And World War One; Froggy; Labour’s Industrial Strategy; Worker Representation in Companies; Notes on the News; Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Nimby; A Steppe Too Far.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 276 – April 2017

March 2017: Editorial: Testing Times For Corbyn And Labour; Jewish Socialist Group on Gerald Kaufman; Parliament And World War One – entry of the USA; FroggyCitrine and Bevin Part 2; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier (No 9); Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Poems: Conditioning, Outlaw.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 275 – March 2017

Four 1970s and 1980s studies of where the Soviet Union went wrong

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.