Doing war differently

Does today’s workers’ movement need its own ‘self-denying ordinance’? Mike Macnair looks to the lessons of the New Model Army

April 3 2015 was an anniversary which will pretty certainly be forgotten by the media - but which should be remembered by the workers’ movement and the left. It was 370 years since the final passage, on April 3 1645, of the ‘self-denying ordinance’, first proposed in December 1644, which removed members of parliament from their existing military commands or civil offices (with certain exceptions).1 The limited purpose was as a means of shaking up the army command. It was connected to the creation of the ‘New Model’ army, which was agreed on February 17.2

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Letters

New questions; Poking fun; Hard; Reclaim; Left candidate; Say sorry; Not so dead

Banging the Blairite drum

Eddie Ford is less than thrilled by the leadership candidates on offer

A gay day for equality

Anne McShane celebrates the defeat of the Catholic church and calls for the battle for democracy to include the aim of socialism

Loyalists ready to walk

With Marikana about to dominate the headlines once more, Peter Manson reports on the ongoing Cosatu crisis

Least of Khamenei’s problems

The US bears the main responsibility for the current situation in Iraq and Syria, writes Yassamine Mather

Misreaders and misleaders

With ideas of paying everyone an unconditional basic income gaining some credence on the left, Chris Gray looks at the inter-war social credit movement

The Goldsmiths ideology

The rightwing press campaign against Bahar Mustafa puts the parlous state of student politics under the spotlight, writes Paul Demarty

Finish the job

Robbie Rix hates an anticlimax

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