Sunak, Shapps and Starmer beat the war drum

In a speech delivered at Lancaster House in London on Monday 15 January 2024, titled Defending Britain from a more dangerous world, UK Defence Minister Grant Shapps evoked the spirit of previous war-mongering Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to prepare the British public for war. War on many fronts. War that will Continue Reading

Labour Conference 2023 – Free market capitalism back in charge

The two following articles are edited version of  brief introductions given by Will McMahon and Janet Sillet at a Talking About Socialism … from a Marxist point of view meeting  “What happened at the 2023 Labour Party conference” on Monday 16 October 2023. They are published in the order of Continue Reading

Broad to death: the problem with broad left parties

This article is based on the notes for an introduction given by Chris on 7th August which, along with the discussion afterwards, can be watched on YouTube: ‘Transform? The problem with broad left parties’  For over thirty years there have been repeated attempts to build a political space to the Continue Reading

What sort of new party of the left?

A call has been put out by a number of small left-wing groups and individuals for a new party. Left Unity, the Breakthrough Party, the People’s Alliance of the Left, and three Liverpool Community Independents councillors, together with other individuals have put out a call for a new party of Continue Reading

In defence of Ken Loach: History is for all of us to discuss

I wrote this short article just over a year ago, before I was myself expelled from the Labour Party. It explores how right-wing Zionists in the Party had somehow succeeded in smearing and vilifying Ken Loach, even amongst broad layers of progressive activists in the Party who you’d have expected Continue Reading

Why do we have a Labour Party instead of a socialist Party?

This article originally appeared in Prometheus.  It was also used to facilitate a discussion in a meeting of Talking About Socialism on 12th June 2023 – watch the video here. What sort of an organisation is the Labour Party? Its dominance of the left in Britain for over a century Continue Reading

What is socialism?

Welcome to this Marxist website. Its aim is to promote Marxist ideas, analysis and discussion.  Against the background of the failed experience of Corbynism in the UK and the rout of the socialist left inside the Labour Party, and with the development of a new wave of industrial working-class militancy, Continue Reading