Category Archives: politics

Labour again: Corbyn’s victory and the growth narrative

This is a short post to note Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership re-election and ask some fundamental questions.  Despite some misgivings in the last post, I’m delighted.  This is all about rejecting the politics and economics of the last … Continue reading

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Labour’s post-Brexit woes and a possible solution

Updated, 30 June, 2016 It turns out that the party’s rules make my suggestion unfeasible in its present form: the leader of the party is ex officio the leader of the PLP (Chapter 1 clause vii).  However, there appears to … Continue reading

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Corbynomics: let’s be sceptical about the growth rhetoric.

“So all our emphasis and work and campaigning is about an expanding economy and investing in an expanding economy” Jeremy Corbyn, quoted by The Independent, 29 February 2016 “El socialismo puede llegar sólo en bicicleta.” Socialism can only arrive by … Continue reading

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Policy as contestation

Every year the University of Manchester puts on a week of lectures, symposia and other events concerned with the relationship between research and policy: “Policy Week”. Generally there is plenty to interest. I was lucky enough to be asked to … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn and the double struggle

Jeremy Corbyn‘s campaign for the Labour leadership is about doing things differently, about re-discovering the basic Labour values of social and economic justice, but in a way that harnesses the knowledge, commitment and energy of the many, in the changed … Continue reading

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Politics as action research? Corbyn, People’s QE, and Syriza.

Politics as action research? Corbyn, People’s QE, and Syriza. These brief thoughts have been triggered by the Jeremy Corbyn campaign to be Labour Party leader, and by Syriza’s negotiations with the Troika. First Labour. There is a lot being written … Continue reading

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Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto

Responses to the Ecomodernist Manifesto (3/12/15:  I update this piece as new material comes in). I recently came upon An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and was staggered by the scale of its unwarranted assumptions and errors. It argues that the malign human … Continue reading

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Labour’s legislative programme – is it enough?

Perhaps it’s a little early to analyse Labour’s legislative programme, but it is important that we know something of the extent, and lack, of the party’s ambition. The ten proposed bills were announced in a Guardian article by Ed Miliband … Continue reading

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The critical voter’s dilemma

Further to my recent post on the forthcoming elections, here is my algorithm (flow chart, decision tool) to help red-green voters make their decision at the UK General Election this May. click here for the pdf version of the voting … Continue reading

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Economics is for Everyone: Paul Mason – a quick reaction – Post-Crash Economics Society

Economics is for Everyone: Paul Mason – a quick reaction – Post-Crash Economics Society. I wrote this reaction to Paul Mason’s talk in Manchester on request from the Post-Crash people following some comments I made on the talk via twitter.  … Continue reading

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