The future of Momentum

A FEW DAYS AGO, I launched a petition proposing a positive vision for the future of Momentum and asking that we, the ordinary members, be directly consulted on the future of the organisation. After over 2,300 signatures and support from members of the Shadow Cabinet, Jeremy Corbyn himself has stepped in to explain his vision … Continue reading

Strike Harder: Two Ways for Lecturers to Win

Acting collectively, university workers can reverse the slow death of Higher Education – they just need to understand where their power lies.

Old Fashioned Elitism Meets Free Market Violence: On The Higher Education White Paper

It’s not that the Tories don’t value subjects like Classics or History (the preferred subjects of the Johnson siblings), they just don’t believe those subjects are for everyone. You can hear them saying it in private: ‘If they are going to survive in the world we’re creating for them, they’re going to need Business Studies.’

—The Editors

Nothing Compares 2 U

That he could write so well in so many different styles is a testament to his virtuoso, but his genius comes out in the subtleties. Like dropping the bass line from ‘When Doves Cry’. Or having live drums alongside the drum machines on ‘Sign O’ the Times’. To paraphrase Mike Scott: we saw the crescent, he saw the whole of the moon.

Three Strategies for Destroying Democracy: David Cameron’s legacy

There are many competing narratives around Cameron’s premiership but one political project is present throughout his time in office: the destruction of participatory democracy.

Four Years After The London Riots

What strikes you most looking over the extensive footage of the riots is how little crime is being committed. What you see are people drinking, smoking and hanging out.

By Matteo Tiratelli

What’s Yours Is Ours

This sinister sense of entitlement undermines the labour of artist. Though Prince has always aimed his criticism at Warner Brothers for transforming his art into a commodity and alienating him from the process of production and the products of his art, the fans are complicit too.

Named and Shamed: Why We Hate Paedophiles

On 8 December 2008 the convicted paedophile Andrew Cunningham “was hacked to death and had his genitals mutilated by a vigilante mob after young girls were seen in his caravan”. On 16 July 2014 “more than 600 suspected paedophiles, including doctors and teachers, were arrested across Britain after a six-month investigation led by the National Crime Agency”. From October 2013 to June 2014, Rebekah Brooks made it clear throughout her phone-hacking trial that fighting paedophilia had been her raison d’être as an editor, often mentioning The News of the World’s campaigns in favour of Sarah’s Law. It’s clear that we all hate paedophiles; abusing an adult is terrible enough, but there is nothing more evil than abusing a child.

Parking the bus: What’s wrong with defensive football?

Football today is plagued by the dogmatic belief that the only acceptable type of football is attacking football. Playing on the front foot and persistently attacking is seen as both aesthetically and morally superior. In its most absurd form you even hear people say that it’s better to play attacking football and lose, than to win any other way.

Knowing your place: Protesting and problems for the Left

Recent images of the vigil held for Mark Duggan outside Tottenham Police Station illustrate a problem which has plagued the Left for many years. Apart from a few DIY banners, all of the placards on show bare the brazen logo of the Socialist Workers Party. The issue here is not the “instrumentalisation” of Mark Duggan’s death, or even the SWP itself, but rather the omnipresent, left-wing branding of almost all protests.There is obviously nothing wrong with solidarity or showing your support for certain causes. But the fact that the vigil, like so many other protests, was completely dominated by SWP creates a host of problems.

By Matteo Tiratelli