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No Love Lost For Labour's Hard Right Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009

The Guardian’s Comment is Free has published a contribution from Ken Livingstone this weekend on the situation facing the government. You can take part in the debate online by clicking here. If you are not already registered with the Guardian it’s quick and easy to do.
 
Ken's column is reproduced below.

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End dodgy parliamentary selection processes Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2009
by Gaye Johnston

 Equal opportunities selection processes for vital public sector jobs are now the UK norm.  The system was pioneered by Labour Councils in the 1980s when the author was a Darlington councillor. It is therefore surprising that, since 1994, one type responsible public post (which pays £64,000 per year plus generous expenses) has been filled using a selection process which resembles a very steep gradient playing field. These are the dubious Labour Parliamentary selection practices which have recently been uncovered in the selection at Erith and Thamesmead.  Fortunately the problems at this selection have now been fairly resolved but they were but the tip of a vast and long buried iceberg.
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How the Grassroots can rebuild Labour Print E-mail
Monday, 05 January 2009

by Mark Seddon

Future historians may well look back on 2008 as the year in which the free market consensus was finally broken. They may even pin-point the collapse of US Bankers, Lehman Brothers as the tipping point; the point in which all of the received wisdom of the past twenty five years was finally turned on its head.
‘Events! Events!’ former Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said when asked what shaped his Government. Political parties that can loosely be described as on the Left have not shaped these latter day events. The European social democratic parties have been floundering for the best part of two decades, unsure where to go. Britain’s Labour Party transmogrified into ‘New’ Labour, going much further than the French Socialists or the German Social democrats in embracing de-regulated, privatised free market economics. Peter Mandelson, now Lord Mandelson, the high priest of ‘New’ Labour once famously said that he was ‘seriously relaxed’ about the super-rich, and by extension the massive growth of inequality and insecurity, that has now culminated in the collapse and nationalisation of a number of major banks here and elsewhere, and job losses amongst the middle classes that are beginning to resemble the job losses experienced by the working class as manufacturing industry was allowed to go the wall, since the future, we were told lay in financial services and the retail sector.
Britain is likely to suffer more in this new economic depression than many of its European counterparts. Along with the United States, Britain is more dependent on the collapsed financial sector and collapsing retail sector. For it was turbo charged Anglo American capitalism that was offered as the model to what was disparagingly called ‘Old Europe’, and it is Anglo American capitalism that is at the root of our current crisis.

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