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Making Labour Awesome Again
Edited by Tom Unterrainer
With contributions from Abi Rhodes, Ben Sellers, Christine Shawcroft, Tony Simpson, Adele Williams,
Chris Williamson, plus Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Coates.
Defying all expectations, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Leader with a resounding mandate. His campaign re-wrote the rules of British politics by mobilising tens of thousands of supporters both within and outside the Party. The 'Corbyn for Leader' campaign, a radical social movement reflecting aspects of the new left across Europe, and Corbyn's ultimate victory provide the rarest of opportunities to redefine the Labour Party and socialism for a new generation.
Corbyn's Campaign tells the story of Jeremy's victory and articulates the opportunities for a renewal of socialism in Britain. Contributors were active - at both national and local levels - throughout the leadership campaign, and continue to be so as a new politics unfolds.
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New issue of The Spokesman
On Belt, One Road
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'The world changes, although we are not told much about it. Ships of the Chinese Navy are said to be in the eastern Mediterranean, not far from the coast of Syria, but disinformation abounds about exactly which ones. The UK Defence Journal asserts, ungrammatically, that China Have NOT Sent An Aircraft Carrier to Syria (5 October 2015). Surely, it would be hard to mistake such a ship? As yet, China has one aircraft carrier, Liaoning, which was originally built for the Soviet Navy in the 1980s.
But there are probably other Chinese ships, alongside Russian ones, in the eastern Mediterranean. Certainly, the Chinese and Russian militaries have conducted joint exercises for some time now. In May, Chinese and Indian soldiers marched in the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, watched by Presidents Xi Jinping and Pranab Mukherjee. Western leaders largely boycotted the occasion to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Unions part in the victory over Nazi Germany, although Chancellor Merkel broke ranks, somewhat belatedly, and joined President Putin in Moscow to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A few months later, in September, President Putin went to Beijing to attend another large military parade marking the end of the Second World War in the Pacific and Chinas defeat of Japan. Again, the West largely stayed away, although Czech President Milos Zeman attended, as did Jacob Zuma of South Africa, and President Park Guen-hye of South Korea.
Unappealing as such military ceremonials are, with their highly polished displays of might, they point to an emerging military reality in the world. Notwithstanding its claims to Full Spectrum Dominance and AirSea Battle, the United States finds its outright military supremacy contested.
Tony Simpson in his Editorial
The Unnecessary War
Proceedings of the Belgrano Inquiry
The Belgrano Action Group
The Belgrano inquiry was a citizens' enquiry which took place in November 1986 and which provided an opportunity for a number of distinguished experts to express their candid opinions. They include Malcolm Harper, Brigadier Michael Harbottle, Tam Dalyell MP, Clive Ponting, Ken Coates, Paul Rogers and Wade Tidbury.
The proceedings of that enquiry are recorded in this book together with a preface by Clive Ponting, the senior civil servant at the MOD who was prosecuted for his Belgrano revelations to an MP.
The Belgrano Inquiry website
Twenty-four years ago (1986), a group of us organised the two-day Belgrano Inquiry at Hampstead Town Hall, London. This was the nearest there has ever been to a proper independent inquiry into the sinking of the Belgrano, and was supported by a number of important witnesses. The entire proceedings were recorded. Key extracts are available at the Sound Archive on this site, plus other back ground information and in-depth analysis.
Tony Benn Pamphlets
The Levellers and the English Democratic Tradition
by Tony Benn
The Levellers continue to inspire political debate and public interest. Thousands of people travel to Burford, attracted by their story with its ideas of democracy and common ownership. Tony Benn's and Frieder Otto Wolf's sparkling speeches to the annual Leveller's Day celebrations at Burford, separated by more than twenty years, give ample testimony to the strength of this tradition.
The Speaker, The Commons and Democracy
by Tony Benn
There is no doubt that unless we can restore the vitality of representative democracy more and more people will conclude that they are just pawns in an unending political game to be managed and manipulated for the convenience of those at the top.
See our full range of Tony Benn books and pamphlets.
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