Rustin and Massey reflect on the 2015 UK election

Michael Rustin and Doreen Massey, along with the late Stuart Hall, founded the journal Soundings, from which Taking Soundings has borrowed. In ‘Post Election Blues in Britain’ (probably the first article in this Lawrence and Wishart blog), they analyse Labour’s failure.

Readers like me with an interest in psycho-politics might look at the next article in the blog, ‘Reflections on the 2015 Election’, a longer piece from Mike Rustin, in which he discusses the unconscious splits and projections in the electorate that (he and his wife Margaret argue) were a factor in the result.

Followers of Soundings will know that Rustin, Massey and Hall were editors of the Kilburn Manifesto (2014).

Followers of Taking Soundings (it’s an open house) can hear Mike Rustin speaking about Labour and the election at one of our forthcoming events in Leeds, UK, on 16th July 2015.

After the UK general election: what next?

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After the Elections 2015

The results are in, the post-election political shenanigans have started. Who knows what will happen!

But we think it worthwhile to make an early stock-take of how these elections have affected the broad left. We have speakers who are in the Labour Party, the Greens and Yorkshire First to discuss how the political world looks to them immediately after these elections. Hopefully, with the battle for votes over and hangovers quelled, there’s time for a deep breath and some reflexive analysis.

(in alphabetical order)

Richard Carter (Leader, Yorkshire First). Actually we don’t know that much about Yorkshire First, but are interested in a local version of a progressive regionalism after the showing of the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

Tim Goodall (Green candidate Leeds North West). We’ve had Natalie Bennett speak to us in the past – the Green Party is a lot bigger now than it was then. We’re hoping for an analysis of where Green politics goes next.

Sarah Perrigo (Labour Party). Sarah is a long-term critical and reflexive  member of the Labour Party, so we are hoping for a reflexive account of Ed Miliband’s Labour Party performance and prospects.

All welcome. Contact Matthew Caygill ( for further information.

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