Gambling on a government - or bidding for an opposition?

Our voting recommendations are not about deciding how we should be ruled under capitalism, argues Peter Manson, but about constructing a working class alternative

Come election time, the left in Britain has traditionally taken up the call, ‘Vote Labour, but ...’ In other words, we put Labour into office either as the lesser evil or because, in theory at least, it will be more susceptible to working class pressure. Of course, there is nothing unprincipled in calling for a blanket Labour vote - with or without a ‘but’. However, electoral recommendations are all about tactics - how actually can a genuine working class alternative be built?

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Letters

State IOUs; Decline; Wrong party; Silly questions; Clusterfuck; Jewish nation; Faraway

No strategy towards Labour

What is the left saying about the general election? Daniel Harvey has been investigating

Thinking the alternative

In his third article on the maximum programme, Mike Macnair argues that we can already see aspects of the social goals of communism in the present

Crunch time approaches

Does Syriza have a plan B, wonders Eddie Ford, and is it viable?

Close down financial casinos

Flash crashes, high-frequency trading and chicanery - ‘spoofing’ is just a symptom, writes Michael Roberts

Children of ayatollahs flaunt their wealth

In the wake of the Lausanne nuclear deal, the question of economic inequality has become central, writes Yassamine Mather

Court protects Labour corruption

After Lutfur Rahman’s removal as Tower Hamlets mayor, Paul Demarty calls for authentic local democracy

£274 in two days

Robbie Rix is just overwhelmed.

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