In this important article in openDemocracy (9.5.14), Professor Greg Philo argues that the left should recognise that there is much to be lost from Scottish independence, and should be particularly wary of the ugly nationalism the debate is fostering. More here
Here is some more evidence to throw on the growing pile that shows that immigrants to the UK make a net contribution to the UK economy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24813467
And here is a link to the authors’ own article on a website called The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/revealed-immigrants-put-34-more-into-public-finances-than-they-take-out-19845
This goes some way to busting some immigrant-bashing myths.
In this interesting article [accessed 11.10.13] from the IPPR‘s centre-left journal Juncture, Professor Linda Colley (author of Britons – Forging the Nation 1707-1837) examines some of the issues underlying England’s identity crisis and Scottish independence. She suggests that, unlike the Scots, the English find holding ‘multiple identities’ a serious challenge. More here
‘Labour ‘me-tooing’ helps Tory offensive’
Alex Callinicos, writing in Socialist Worker (2.7.13), says Labour’s failure to commit to stopping Tory cuts will only benefit the right. More here
A new campaign has been launched against the massive attack on HE that the government has introduced. Read more here
Hugo Radice is an old friend of Taking Soundings and has spoken at one of our events – and at many others in Leeds and all over the world. As well as being a Leeds University academic he’s a columnist at the Yorkshire Post. We thought you’d like his latest lambasting critique of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Read more here
In a recent article for the IPPR, John Cruddas and Liam Byrne set out their ‘contours’ of the way forward for the Labour Party. Here they are:
“. . . the contours of a new centre-left social politics are emerging on the horizon. First, we want to pursue an ‘active equality’, concerned with contribution as well as distribution, moral worth as well as material wealth. Second, we want to mobilise resources from across society and within people’s lives, while prioritising government spending on strategic investments. Third, we want to redistribute power to people and places, rather than centralising it in the state. Fourth, we want to place limits on the reach of markets to protect the public interest and the space for a democratic society. And fifth, we want to advance a majoritarian political project, where everyone has a stake and a contribution to make, rejecting both sectional politics and social division.”
Taking Soundings is non-aligned – we are simply interested in debating whether or not this is a sound basis for radical politics in the UK. The rest of the article is available here Please post your comments.
Taking Soundings is non-aligned but we want to use this site as a place where all types of ideas relevant to radical, leftist individuals and movements can be circulated and discussed.
A recent article in The Independent, by Owen Jones, author of the book ‘Chavs – the demonization of the working class‘ puts forward a proposal we think will be of interest: a ‘People’s Assembly’ to promote a united national campaign against austerity. Read it here if you missed it when it was originally published (24.03.2013).
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