Nadia Idle, Jeremy Gilbert and Keir Milburn discuss Acid Urbanism, including, The Right to the City, Communist Follies and Reclaiming the Streets. Edited and produced by Olivia Humphreys, Matt Huxley and Matt Phull. PRS LICENCE NUMBER: LE-0016481 Tracklist: D-Shake – Techno Trance/ The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City/ David Bowie
Heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit the UK again this weekend, with Storm Dennis expected to strike just days after Storm Ciara caused severe flooding in Wales and the north of England. Once again thousands of people face waking up to find their homes and businesses underwater. Once again they will have to sift through their waterlogged possessions and
“One reason we lost the election was that Labour’s campaign lacked a coherent narrative… [because] Labour’s Green New Deal… was tragically undersold… It should have been a core part of our offer,” argues Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey. But what would it take for the GND to actually provide a strong framework for leftwing politics
Michael and Aaron talk over the results of the New Hampshire primary, the government’s rushed deportation to Jamaica, and preview the first televised Labour leadership debate.
There are not many national or global issues where rightwing and leftwing views appear to converge, but the immediacy of a burgeoning infectious disease outbreak is one of them. There is no time to quibble about ideological hypotheticals in a situation that is happening right now, when we have only the resources and structures that exist already to deal with
In the aftermath of the general election, some commentators have labelled the push for a four-day working week as emblematic of the flaws in the Labour party’s campaign. Critics slammed the policy as being part of a “cornucopia of promises” in a manifesto that read like a shopping list of “seemingly bottomless generosity”. But abandoning demands for shorter
In a snap general election, called by premier Leo Varadker looking to capitalise on his handling of the Brexit negotiations, left-wing party Sinn Féin has made huge gains that surpassed even its own expectations.  After a late campaign surge propelled the party to first place in a number of opinion polls just days before the ballot, counts today indicate that
The very definition of a democracy is regular and free elections. While you can talk about a range of other things, from the unaccountable power of the billionaire owned press to lobbyists and PR, all of them abide in countries which are formally democratic. If you care about the direction of your society, elections are particularly important. For socialists
Michael Walker and Dalia Gebrial discuss Iain Dale’s GMB walkout, and why centrists can only play politics on easy mode; Richard’s Burgon’s “Peace Pledge”; and the upcoming elections in Ireland with Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan.
With Sinn Féin storming ahead in the Irish electoral race, the Irish progressive movement for the first time can envisage a social democratic government, while the probability of a unification referendum on the island’s future has just become near inevitable. In a series of polls that have been making Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil strategists increasingly queasy,
Back in September, a remarkable thing happened; around 5000 people marched through Merthyr Tydfil – a historic Labour safe seat – calling for Welsh independence. With the appetite for sovereignty growing across the country, the way the party and the wider left choose to engage with the issue will determine their place in Welsh politics. Aside
In the West Midlands the Labour party is currently in the process of selecting its candidate for metro mayor. Viewed by some as a fight for the soul of the party in the region, the mayoral selection is high noon for the Labour right – for whom the West Midlands has been a stronghold for more than three decades. The left’s candidate is anti-war activist Salma Yaqoob,
On the evening of the Iowa caucus Michael Walker and Aaron Bastani ask what Bernie Sanders and his supporters can learn from the experience of Britain’s Labour party in recent years.
On 22 January, in celebration of Bolivia’s Day of the Plurinational State, exiled former president Evo Morales addressed a packed-out stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, affirming his commitment to the struggle for social liberation in Bolivia. His speech came as Bolivia is embroiled in a devastating crisis of democracy after a military-civic coup in October
After another tumultuous year in which we saw increasingly severe weather events and natural disasters, there’s only one thing we can be certain of; it’s going to get worse.  In Australia fires stretch the near entirety of the coastline, tens of metres toward the sky; the most severe the country’s ever seen. The scale is unprecedented, the impact unimaginable.
On a #BrexitDay edition of #TyskySour, Michael is joined by Grace Blakeley and Mike Galsworthy to assess the last three years of political wrangling, and debate life for the UK outside of the EU.
James Butler is joined by James Schneider, until recently Jeremy Corbyn’s Head of Strategic Communications, to discuss the aftermath of Labour’s defeat, the Corbyn period, and the next steps for the left.
Errol Graham was just four and a half stone when his emaciated body was found by bailiffs. The 57 year old had starved to death in a flat with no electricity or gas supply.  The only food in his cupboards were two tins of fish, four years out of date. His benefits had been stopped by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) only months before. As a vulnerable claimant
As Trump announces his plan to carve up Palestine, we speak to Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, on why resistance is now more urgent than ever.
The Save Latin Village campaign has put out urgent messages on social media, calling on grassroots activists to take part in one of north London’s most important gentrification battles. A protest has been organised for Wednesday 29 January from 6:30pm at Haringey’s Labour office on Highcross Street. Last Friday morning at 8:55am, bailiffs posted eviction
A commemorative 50 pence piece is low on my list of things to get angry about. Life has a habit of dishing out enough bad news as it is, whether it’s the ill-health of a family member or a missed professional opportunity. What’s more, the world has much to put right: our media is broken, our economy is kleptocratic and the sinews of our political system feel
In the time of the First Temple, in the world of the Hebrew Bible, the ancient Israelites brought sacrifices to the cultic centre in Jerusalem. One of these was the korban o’la – an offering of burnt animal fat. Every part of the sacrificed animal was burnt on the altar, except for its skin. The Hebrew word o’la, meaning rising up, referred to
In 1996, the Australian Holocaust survivor Therese Ungar sat down for a biographical interview for the Shoah Foundation. Born in 1923 in Vienna, in 1942 she and her family were deported to Theresienstadt ghetto, before being transferred to Auschwitz in 1944. There she saw two fellow prisoners being intimate with each other – girls hugging and kissing.
With Spain’s new left-wing coalition taking office earlier this month, deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias declared its ambition “to convert the country into a European and global reference point for social justice, combatting climate change and for feminist policies.” Though lacking the more transformative measures of the Corbyn project, the programme
It’s time that the Labour party had a female leader. We are the party of progressive policies for women, with real commitment to closing the gender pay gap, introducing flexible working hours and a menopause workplace policy, and tackling sexual harassment. The Conservative party, which is committed to none of these things and has overseen the decimation
First the Amazon was on fire. Then the Arctic. Now Australia. In the UK, as elsewhere, 2019 was the year that climate exploded onto the agenda, following the IPCC’s dire 12-year warning and the emergence of a new climate movement, from Extinction Rebellion to young climate strikers. Over the course of last year, much of the radical left coalesced around an answer:
One month after Labour’s catastrophic defeat, James Butler is joined by Richard Seymour to dig into attempts to understand the loss, and how the left moves on from it.
On this episode of #TyskySour Aaron Bastani and Michael Walker discuss the recent debate between the leading candidates for the Democrat nomination and why Bernie Sanders is different to Jeremy Corbyn.
The UK is now in the middle of two great divorces: Britain leaving the EU; Harry and Meghan leaving the ‘senior’ Royal Family. Were both caused by racism? How long will the transition period be? And what about the future relationship? With Ash Sarkar and Anand Menon.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last week that they would be stepping back from their senior duties with the Royal Family. At the same time they published what they called a revised media approach befitting their lesser status. Within days Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, returned to Canada. The response from the press was as swift as it was deranged.
On this episode of #TyskySour Aaron Bastani is joined by Joe Glenton as they discuss recent events in the Middle East. Is the assassination of Qassem Suleimani the beginning of the end for the United States in the region?
George is sitting across from me on top of a wooden crate smoking a poorly-rolled cigarette. He closes his eyes in a futile attempt to get some rest for the day ahead. It’s cold outside and he certainly feels it, wearing nothing save for a creased shirt, black trousers and a damp apron. George is undertaking the ‘workhouse shift’ in a marquee at Goodwood
Last night, Iran’s top general was killed in a drone strike ordered by President Trump. Has the assassination of Qassem Soleimani put the US and Iran on a path to war? With Eskandar Sadeghi and David Wearing.
Dear Readers, Last week the Conservatives achieved a major electoral victory, and they will now set about remaking the country in their image once more. It is an unquestionable blow for the left, which has expended much energy resisting the devastating effects of a decade of Tory rule whilst trying to bring about a new political settlement which raises the prospects
There’s no false consolation here: the result was bad, it could have been worse, and if we think about what might happen in the next few years, there is at least the possibility that it will get worse at the next election. The left in Britain will need a clear-sighted and politically viable plan to prevent that happening and to rebuild; but looking at the very wide
Despite the heroic efforts of tens of thousands of activists knocking on doors, Labour were thoroughly routed in last week’s general election. What went wrong, and what now for Labour? With Aaron Bastani and Huda Elmi.
This is our defeat, and we have to own it. As if we have a choice. And we know what this means. The body count from austerity and the hostile environment will multiply. An already fairly awful society is going to get brutally worse. And it is difficult to see how this won’t feed into yet more violent racism and hatred of foreigners predicated on zero-sum ethnic competition.
This election campaign has seen an astonishing display of the power of the resurgent British left. Thousands of activists have gone out on the doorstep, mobilised by Momentum and joined by parliamentarians, outriders and even some celebrities in an immensely impressive ground game. If the campaign was just a few weeks longer, we would end it with a double-digit
This is it. We’re in the final straight of #GE2019. On this episode of #TyskySour, Michael is joined by Aaron Bastani and NEF director Miatta Fahnbulleh to discuss the state of the race.