The Socialist Workers Party and Stand Up to Racism are no friends of the Left

At the protest against Marion Maréchal-Le Pen’s Oxford Union talk last Tuesday, protestors shouted anti-police slogans at rather impassive lines of officers (and four very well groomed horses) while members of the campaign group Stand Up to Racism distributed placards with anti-Le Pen sentiments. These well-designed and always-plentiful placards can be seen hovering over the […]

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“We fought Nicaragua, and we won” – a tale of victory for Oxford activism

Image Credit: Wikipedia.  Until relatively recently, my knowledge of Nicaragua was largely limited to what I’d managed to glean from The Clash’s album Sandinista!. While both funky and punky, it is sadly lacking in the kind of in-depth analysis necessary to explain the complicated political situation in the central American country that, since independence in […]

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Jacinda Ardern: The Leader We Need But Not The One We Deserve

Image Credit: David Illif (CC-BY-4.0) Since at least the 2008 Financial Crash, the world’s major left-wing parties have been in crisis. Often bereft of ideas and lacking charismatic leadership, these parties have been haemorrhaging votes both right and left, seriously curtailing their ability to act as effective oppositions, let alone maintain hopes of being restored […]

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Labour holds Iffley Fields & St Mary’s in tight County Council by-election

Image Credit: Flikr (CC-BY-SA-2.0) Just before midnight on 18th October, Labour’s Damian Haywood was duly elected Oxfordshire County Councillor for Iffley Fields & St Mary’s after a tight contest with the Green candidate David Williams. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Councillor Helen Evans, who gained the district from the Greens in […]

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