Tom Blackburn (@malaiseforever)

Beyond Westminster co-editor


Office Without Counter-Power?

Without the backing of a vibrant and assertive social movement behind it, any left-led Labour government risks merely occupying office rather than wielding real power.

The Prentice Saga

Though a relatively forgotten figure today, renewed hostilities between Labour's left and right make the story of Reg Prentice's bitter divorce from the party newly relevant.

The Defiance of Durham

The achievements of mining communities and unions are celebrated in spite of the conditions in which they arose, not because of them, and this heritage also fuels today's struggles.

Britannia Waives the Rules

With Labour's attempts at securing a Brexit compromise apparently dead, there are no easy answers for Jeremy Corbyn in deciding what to do next.

The Left and the Media, Then and Now

Radical media reform is an absolute necessity. But redressing the imbalances in our media unavoidably requires prolonged and bitter political struggle.

Waking Up the Giant: Political Education and the Labour Movement

The object of socialist political education has to be to continually foster the development, sharpening and intensification of popular demands.

A Revolution of Souls: Culture Wars vs. Cultural Renewal

With its vastly expanded membership, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has the potential to help lead a grassroots cultural renewal.

Bill Brand and the 'Metallic Logic of Social Democracy'

Four decades on from its debut, Trevor Griffiths' newly-relevant 'Bill Brand' remains a work of unusual political rigour and depth.

Labour’s ‘Contentious Alliance’ at Conference

The Labour Party Conference occupies a central role in the party’s culture.

The Labour Party: A Socialist Reading List

Since Jeremy Corbyn’s initial election as leader of the Labour Party in July 2015, the hundreds of thousands of people who have flocked into the party have been treated to something of a crash course on it.

In Defence of Party Democracy

It seems that whenever the Labour left has the temerity to organise to bring about whatever changes it wishes to see, this is almost without fail treated as an unconscionable outrage.

Hope, Slammed Doors and "Ronnie Corbett": Tales from the Campaign Trail

We caught up with four activists all of whom went out on the campaign trail for the Labour Party this spring.

Corbynism from Below?

The Labour leadership must urgently turn its attention to how it harnesses the capacities of the party membership, buoyed up by their recent successes.

Office Without Counter-Power?

Without the backing of a vibrant and assertive social movement behind it, any left-led Labour government risks merely occupying office rather than wielding real power.

The Prentice Saga

Though a relatively forgotten figure today, renewed hostilities between Labour's left and right make the story of Reg Prentice's bitter divorce from the party newly relevant.

The Defiance of Durham

The achievements of mining communities and unions are celebrated in spite of the conditions in which they arose, not because of them, and this heritage also fuels today's struggles.

Britannia Waives the Rules

With Labour's attempts at securing a Brexit compromise apparently dead, there are no easy answers for Jeremy Corbyn in deciding what to do next.

The Left and the Media, Then and Now

Radical media reform is an absolute necessity. But redressing the imbalances in our media unavoidably requires prolonged and bitter political struggle.

Waking Up the Giant: Political Education and the Labour Movement

The object of socialist political education has to be to continually foster the development, sharpening and intensification of popular demands.

A Revolution of Souls: Culture Wars vs. Cultural Renewal

With its vastly expanded membership, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has the potential to help lead a grassroots cultural renewal.

Bill Brand and the 'Metallic Logic of Social Democracy'

Four decades on from its debut, Trevor Griffiths' newly-relevant 'Bill Brand' remains a work of unusual political rigour and depth.

Labour’s ‘Contentious Alliance’ at Conference

The Labour Party Conference occupies a central role in the party’s culture.

The Labour Party: A Socialist Reading List

Since Jeremy Corbyn’s initial election as leader of the Labour Party in July 2015, the hundreds of thousands of people who have flocked into the party have been treated to something of a crash course on it.

In Defence of Party Democracy

It seems that whenever the Labour left has the temerity to organise to bring about whatever changes it wishes to see, this is almost without fail treated as an unconscionable outrage.

Hope, Slammed Doors and "Ronnie Corbett": Tales from the Campaign Trail

We caught up with four activists all of whom went out on the campaign trail for the Labour Party this spring.

Corbynism from Below?

The Labour leadership must urgently turn its attention to how it harnesses the capacities of the party membership, buoyed up by their recent successes.