Eddie Ford

Eddie Ford spent his formative years in deepest South Devon, a very sleepy part of the world. Despite that, or maybe because of it, from an extremely early age he felt the gravitational pull of revolutionary politics and communism. Initially studying Drama/Theatre, he ended up graduating in International Politics and Strategic Studies. Whilst at Aberystwyth the then Militant Tendency made the mistake of trying to recruit Eddie but fled in terror from his ‘ultra-leftism’ when he expressed scepticism at the idea that socialism could be ushered in by parliament passing an enabling bill nationalising the top 150 companies/banks - or that homosexuality was an unfortunate by-product of capitalist alienation and hence would wither away under socialism.

When living in London, Eddie briefly joined the ‘dynamic’ Revolutionary Communist Party (Furedite) in the mid-1980s but lacked both dress-sense and career-sense so flopped out. He became a supporter of the CPGB/PCC in 1991 just when the bourgeois media - and Socialist Worker - were triumphantly crowing about the ‘collapse of communism’, etc. He has life-long interests in science fiction, Darwinism/evolutionary theory, ecological/environmental questions and religion.

Latest articles by Eddie Ford

Crush the saboteurs

Eddie Ford says that after June 8 Jeremy Corbyn must stay on to fight the right, not fall on his sword

Plans for blue murder

Eddie Ford is not remotely surprised that Theresa May has called a snap election

What happened to ‘America first’?

Establishment opinion has welcomed the new ‘sensible’ Donald Trump, who has acted ‘decisively’ on Syria. Eddie Ford reports

Price of divorce

Theresa May might have triggered article 50, writes Eddie Ford, but the future is uncertain for both Britain and Europe

Self-determination for sake of unity

The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence raises vital strategic questions, argues Eddie Ford

Tories winning Brexit battle

Stoke and Copeland shows the growing ascendency of the Tory Party, writes Eddie Ford

Looking for redemption

Will Tony Blair be mainly remembered for his claims about Iraq and WMD? Not if he can help it, writes Eddie Ford

Tails you lose, heads you lose

Whether over Brexit or Labour strategy, writes Eddie Ford, Corbyn is determined to appease the centre and the right

Epic confrontation brewing

Liberal opinion is in open revolt against the new president, writes Eddie Ford

Economic cold war looms

Theresa May wants to cuddle up to Trump, writes Eddie Ford, but EU leaders are horrified

Whole new ball game

The government insists that it will stick to its Brexit timetable come hell or high water, writes Eddie Ford

Deal or no deal?

Theresa May feels forced, despite herself, to go for a ‘clean’ Brexit, argues Eddie Ford

Labour’s migration wars

Jeremy Corbyn cannot ‘triangulate’ between soft Brexit and hard Brexit, writes Eddie Ford

Keep the guards on board

Support the rail unions and support genuine modernisation, argues Eddie Ford

Punished for Brexit muddle

In, out or what? Eddie Ford is still unsure about Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Europe

Protecting the guilty

As with Jimmy Savile, writes Eddie Ford, the sex abuse scandal reflects unequal power relations in society

Remainers begin to fight back

The intervention of John Major and Tony Blair shows that Brexit does not have to mean Brexit, writes Eddie Ford

Not a private matter

Instead of ducking the question, writes Eddie Ford, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell should be fighting for republican democracy

Crisis of establishment

All you can say with certainty about the Donald Trump presidency, writes Eddie Ford, is ‘Expect the unexpected’

Court judgement works for May

The Brexit right gets ready for its march on the supreme court, while the Tories prepare for an early general election, writes Eddie Ford

Demands of capital will triumph

Eddie Ford says that, while Theresa May speaks about a hard Brexit for domestic advantage, what she will deliver will either be a soft Brexit or no Brexit at all

Who is the real Theresa May?

The prime minister will probably go for an early general election, writes Eddie Ford - Brexit troubles lie ahead

Hard Brexit or no Brexit?

Unless there is a traumatic economic crisis, argues Eddie Ford, Theresa May looks set for a landslide victory in an early general election

Labour’s perpetual war zone

Corbyn is right to keep the power to hire and fire, writes Eddie Ford

Russia is not about to invade

Eddie Ford does not want British armed forces ‘fit’ for fighting a world war - instead they should be replaced by a people’s militia

Time running out fast

Capitalism is a system unfit to cope with the ecological crisis, writes Eddie Ford

Festival of nationalism

This year’s Olympics are even more grotesque than normal, writes Eddie Ford

Return of the popular front

The desire for a ‘party of the 99%’ represents a form of political collapse, argues Eddie Ford

Three Brexiteers set up to fail

When it comes to the EU, Theresa May has shown herself capable of thinking ahead for more than a week, writes Eddie Ford

Fight fire with fire

The Labour left needs to go on the offensive against the right, argues Eddie Ford

General election now?

Whatever the SWP might think, argues Eddie Ford, the Tory Party is not about to split

Politics of derangement

Obviously the killing of Jo Cox was an act of political terrorism? Eddie Ford looks at the politics

Gulag conditions are the new norm

Jeremy Corbyn is spreading illusions about the ‘progressive’ nature of the EU bureaucracy, writes Eddie Ford

Theresa May delights drug dealers

The ban on legal highs results from a moral panic with potentially fatal consequences, warns Eddie Ford

Letting Blair off the hook

Eddie Ford is not holding out any hopes for the Chilcot report

Party of lost causes

Eddie Ford looks at the prospects for Ukip

Elephant in the room

While the Labour left is under attack, writes Eddie Ford, why is there no criticism of Zionism?

A missed opportunity

Eddie Ford laments the republican speech Jeremy Corbyn did not make

Much ado about nothing

History does repeat itself, says Eddie Ford. Just as with the 1975 referendum, once again we have a government trying to pull a fast one

Both sides are reactionary

Demands are growing for Jeremy Corbyn to swing the balance to save Dave Cameron’s bacon. Eddie Ford calls for an active boycott

Tactical flexibility, political principle

Bernie Sanders should stand as an independent socialist in the presidential election, argues Eddie Ford

Disaster waiting to happen

Eddie Ford finds the EU-Turkey deal on migrants both inhuman and unworkable

Right’s fear and loathing

Communists defend Corbyn from his impatient assassins, whilst retaining our criticisms, writes Eddie Ford

Turning of the tide

Bolivia’s ‘road to socialism’ turned out to be another dead end, writes Eddie Ford

Drugs are not the problem

Prohibiting legal highs marks an escalation in the crazy ‘war on drugs’, says Eddie Ford

Selling a pig in a poke

Communists cannot support either a ‘remain’ or a ‘leave’ vote, writes Eddie Ford

Devotion to dogma

Sadly, notes Eddie Ford, political madness is not confined to the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought

Drowning in oil

The capitalist world economy is fast slowing down. Investors and central bankers worry about a catastrophic crisis. Meanwhile, asks Eddie Ford, does Venezuela’s oil-reliant Bolivarian revolution face its nemesis.

War of manoeuvre

Jeremy Corbyn still presides over a ‘left-centre-right’ shadow cabinet, writes Eddie Ford

Using any stick, using any trick

Eddie Ford welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s defence of the Stop the War Coalition

Heads right wins, tails Corbyn loses

Oldham West highlights the continuing divisions within the Labour Party, writes Eddie Ford

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

Eddie Ford looks at the absurd reaction to John McDonnell’s use of the Little red book

Imperialism digs a deep hole

The assassination of ‘Jihadi John’ was a substitute for serious warfare, argues Eddie Ford

Tories screw ‘hard-working families’

Eddie Ford celebrates the government’s defeat on tax credits, but not the victory of the House of Lords

Royal pomp and Hollandisation

President Xi’s visit highlights what seems to be a changing strategic orientation of British imperialism, says Eddie Ford

Deselect the Tory 21

The Common Good rebels seem to be advertising their services to the Tory Party, writes Eddie Ford

Managing a debt colony

Having ‘taken the power’, writes Eddie Ford, Syriza is now an agent of the institutions

Nuclear buttons and dark mutterings

Team Corbyn’s gradualist approach cannot work, warns Eddie Ford

Firing the first shots

Eddie Ford predicts a lengthy civil war between Jeremy Corbyn and the parliamentary party

Bedrock of the British state

Instead of Platonic republicanism, Jeremy Corbyn should prioritise the fight to abolish the monarchy, says Eddie Ford

Blairites will resort to sabotage

With the final membership surge we must begin to think about a Corbyn-led Labour Party and how to defeat the right wing, says Eddie Ford

Establishment hypocrisy and Miss Whiplash

Eddie Ford wants to do away with the second chamber altogether

Rightwing panic grows

Ordinary leftwing activists are using the weapons supplied by the right against the right, says Eddie Ford. Things will never be quite the same again

Labour right panic and call for ABC

Tony Blair’s warning goes to show that the Labour Party can be shifted to the left, writes Eddie Ford

Berlin turns Greece into debt colony

Syriza’s humiliating capitulation has lessons for us all, says Eddie Ford - principally the need for united organisation on a European scale

Austerity in a modified form

We need to distance ourselves from the Syriza/Anel coalition government, argues Eddie Ford - not heap praise on it

Euro leaders seek regime change

Syriza is now reaping the consequences of having taken office, writes Eddie Ford

Take it or leave it

Syriza’s options are rapidly running out, says Eddie Ford. Whether inside or outside the euro, austerity will not go away

Smacking of desperation

Will Athens submit to the ‘institutions’ or get booted out of the euro zone? Eddie Ford looks at the latest negotiations

Dishing out the Blairite gruel

At last a Labour leftwinger throws his hat in the ring. Eddie Ford comments on the Labour leadership contest

Banging the Blairite drum

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

No swing to the right

One word explains Labour’s defeat, writes Eddie Ford - Scotland

Avoiding bacon sandwiches

Don’t incur the wrath - or mockery - of the press, warns Eddie Ford

Crunch time approaches

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

Robbing Peter to pay Alexis

Athens is running out of money fast, writes Eddie Ford. But will Alexis Tsipras capitulate?

Parties, swings and roundabouts

With the polls too close to call, writes Eddie Ford, neither Labour nor Tory strategists can be happy

Nothing to lose, everything to lose

The April 2 leaders’ debate saw the ‘impressive’ Nicola Sturgeon praised by the Tories. Eddie Ford gives his assessment

Keeping Cameron out

Sections of the establishment are worried by the prospect of a Labour-SNP lash-up, writes Eddie Ford

Funny is not the opposite of serious

Terry Pratchett’s work and life was powered by a kindly moral anger, writes Eddie Ford

Nationalist shock waves

Poll predictions of a Labour wipeout show that the national question has not gone away, argues Eddie Ford

Jihadists and spooks

Revelations about ‘Jihadi John’ have led to calls for more curbs on democracy and free speech, writes Eddie Ford

Austerity in the colours of Syriza

Athens inevitably blinked first, writes Eddie Ford - and Greece will continue to suffer ever more poverty as a debt colony

Dodgy bankers, dodgy clients

Under both the Tories and New Labour, Britain became one vast tax haven - a playground for the super-rich. Eddie Ford looks at the HSBC scandal

Did free speech allow the Nazis to come to power?

Eddie Ford criticises the SWP for misunderstanding history and insisting upon the ‘principle’ of no-platforming

Expel the Blairite traitors

Eddie Ford says Milburn and Hutton are doing their best to discredit Ed Miliband’s NHS plans. They are acting as Tory agents

Victory tainted by right populists

Syriza’s problems are only just beginning, predicts Eddie Ford

Avoid the temptation of power

Eddie Ford looks at the situation in Greece in light of the classic Marxist position - it is often necessary to hold back the spontaneous movement

United front of the bourgeoisie

Government leaders who gathered in Paris to express ‘solidarity’ with Charlie Hebdo are no friends of free speech, says Eddie Ford

What if Syriza wins?

Is the left obliged to spread illusions in a Syriza government? No, quite the opposite, argues Eddie Ford

Troika demands more blood

Eddie Ford thinks it is irresponsible to spread illusions in a Syriza-led government

Chancellor’s book of doom

George Osborne’s autumn statement promises continued austerity and increased attacks on the working class, writes Eddie Ford. But what is the left’s alternative?

Anti-migrant snake oil

Cameron’s immigration speech was an attempt to out-Labour Labour, says Eddie Ford

Fragmentation shrinks the mainstream

Rochester shows that everything is up in the air. The outcome of the next general election is impossible to predict, writes Eddie Ford

Immigration controls kill

Eddie Ford calls for the abolition of all border controls, not just ‘racist’ ones

Coup that never was

The campaign against Ed Miliband is part of a long tradition, writes Eddie Ford

End the war on drugs

Yet another report showing the harm done by anti-drug laws, writes Eddie Ford - and therefore destined to be ignored

Child abuse: Adding insult to injury

Theresa May’s decision to make Lady Woolf the new head of the child abuse inquiry could turn out to be deeply embarrassing, writes Eddie Ford

Infighting in the Vatican

Deep divisions over divorce and homosexuality were revealed by the recent synod, reports Eddie Ford

Going nowhere fast

As Germany slides toward recession, writes Eddie Ford, indefinite stagnation seems to be on the cards for the euro zone - which is bad news for George Osborne

Fall and fall of Nick Griffin

It may be curtains for the BNP, writes Eddie Ford, but its demise has very little to do with the SWP or Unite Against Fascism

Farage parks his tanks

Ukip has every reason to feel chipper, says Eddie Ford. It has enjoyed high-profile Tory defections and is riding high in the polls

Cameron’s can of worms

Demands for English ‘home rule’ and continued agitation for Scottish independence point to a constitutional crisis, argues Eddie Ford

Catalonia: Backward project of nationalism

Secessionist movements throughout Europe are taking inspiration from the Scottish referendum, writes Eddie Ford

Ukraine: No siding with nationalists

Eddie Ford argues that working class political independence cannot be built by backing the pawns of imperialism

Dynamic towards full-scale confrontation

Kiev’s besieging of cities in eastern Ukraine has ominous parallels, says Eddie Ford

Imperialism: Judge it by results

Despite the cover provided by various social-imperialists, British and French intervention has produced hell on earth, argues Eddie Ford

BNP: From the sewer and back

Nick Griffin was more discredited by BBC ‘platforming’ than UAF no-platforming, argues Eddie Ford

West's propaganda war

The downing of flight MH17 is being cynically used as an opportunity to step up sanctions against Russia, says Eddie Ford

Balkanising the web

Government oppression and ‘right to be forgotten’ legislation threatens internet freedom, argues Eddie Ford

Protected by the establishment

Rolf Harris, Jimmy Savile and Andy Coulson all had friends in high places, writes Eddie Ford

Cameron: Boxed into a tight corner

David Cameron’s incompetent campaign against Jean-Claude Juncker has exposed his lack of bargaining power within Europe, says Eddie Ford

Free speech: The permitted shades of grey

Karl Marx stood for free speech, in the tradition of the first amendment to the US constitution, writes Eddie Ford

Both campaigns are US allies and friends

September 18 referendum has nothing to do with preserving working class unity, argues Eddie Ford

Our men in Kiev and Donetsk

The far right are enemies, not friends, says Eddie Ford

BNP: Death bed performance

Back in the real world, writes Eddie Ford, it was the BBC that ‘did’ Nick Griffin - not Unite Against Fascism or Hope Not Hate

We are the 0.00001%

Despite the sharp rise in income inequality, Osborne’s ‘plan A’ gamble might still pay off, writes Eddie Ford

SWP: Outriders for the establishment

Wagging your finger at people for voting for the ‘racist’ Ukip is the wrong approach, says Eddie Ford

Clarkson: Beyond the pale

Uproar over Jeremy Clarkson’s use of the ‘n-word’, writes Eddie Ford, demonstrates yet again how the bourgeoisie has appropriated anti-racism

UKIP: Part of mainstream chauvinist consensus

Getting jittery, the Tory machine and large sections of the media are attacking the ‘unBritish’ Ukip. Eddie Ford is not surprised

Cameron decides to do god

Regardless of whether Britain is a ‘Christian country’ or not, says Eddie Ford, communists fight for the separation of church and state

Ukraine: Peddling absurd fairy tales

Eddie Ford calls for a working class solution that cuts across the rival nationalisms at play in Ukraine

French election: First the 'red wave', then the blue

Hollande’s electoral humiliation at the hands of the right shows the necessity of independent working class politics, argues Eddie Ford

Osborne’s plans for election victory

This year’s budget was meant to make older voters feel good and keep the housing bubble inflated. Eddie Ford looks back to March 19

West's wounded imperial pride

Eddie Ford calls for opposition to the escalating campaign for sanctions against Russia and to ‘nonlethal’ military assistance to Ukraine

West and Putin up the ante

Mainstream hypocrisy takes some beating, writes Eddie Ford

Rotten apples, reviews and flowers

The entire police force is institutionally corrupt, says Eddie Ford

Crimea: Danger of wider conflict

Vladimir Putin is unlikely to back down over Crimea, writes Eddie Ford

Storms, floods and a deluge of crap

Natural flood management is part of the solution, not dredging. But if we seriously want to preserve and restore nature, argues Eddie Ford, then we need to challenge capitalism

Ukraine: Great power tug of war

The US and the EU are on one side, Russia is on the other; the human victims are the Ukrainian population, writes Eddie Ford

Dieudonné’s calculated anti-Semitism

Free speech is too valuable a weapon to be thrown away. Eddie Ford calls for unequivocal opposition to state bans on racists and fascists

Corrupt to the core

We should welcome the fact that state institutions, in particular the police, are being so thoroughly exposed, writes Eddie Ford

Pull the other one

Michael Gove wants us to believe that 1914 saw the beginning of a just war in defence of liberty. And he is not alone, writes Eddie Ford

North Korea: A very Kimist purge

The bureaucratic apparatus in North Korea is becoming increasingly dysfunctional, writes Eddie Ford

Science fiction: Aiming for the mixed economy

Even in science fiction the left’s horizons have shrunk, says Eddie Ford

Maoist 'slaves': Combating the fascist state in Brixton

Eddie Ford dissects the bourgeois media's hysteria over left wing 'cults'

Doctor Who: Degeneration of a time lord

Doctor Who has evolved from a threatening anti-establishment figure, laments Eddie Ford, to a patriotic defender of the status quo

China: Beijing’s new turn

As the third plenum shows, China is moving towards some form of state capitalism, writes Eddie Ford

Celebration of imperialist crimes

Eddie Ford wants us to defy the poppy police

Grangemouth: Gangster bosses and special measures

The Grangemouth capitulation shows the limits of trade unionism, writes Eddie Ford

Stirring stagnant Saudi waters

When is it OK to oppress women? When the oppressor is a key ally and trade partner, answers Eddie Ford

Daily Mail: Patriotism and the sins of the father

Communists hate the Daily Mail even more than Ed Miliband, writes Eddie Ford, but reject Leveson and any moves towards state regulation of the press

Drugs: Stench of hypocrisy

Prohibition is no answer, writes Eddie Ford

UKIP: Dangers of nationalism

Will Nigel Farage change the face of politics? Eddie Ford looks at the evidence

Lib Dems: Desperate to avoid wipe-out

Nick Clegg has resorted to claiming that coalition government is a virtue in itself, writes Eddie Ford

Lobbying laws: Crude attack on unions

Though in partial retreat, writes Eddie Ford, the government aims to use legislation to further stifle trade union activity and free speech in general

Syrian crisis: Miliband well placed to benefit

Eddie Ford examines the impact on British politics of the Syrian crisis

Ukip blocked by a cynical Cameron

Contrary to the expectations of many on the left, writes Eddie Ford, the winds of change in British politics are blowing to the right

Roar of the dead lion

Eddie Ford wants to be spared any more royal babies and gilded easels

Turing: Calculated pardon

The Alan Turing case exposes both the flexibility of the political establishment and its hypocrisy, argues Eddie Ford

Crocodile tears over salary recommendation

Eddie Ford thinks MPs should be accountable, recallable and live on a wage close to those they represent

Labour: Miliband’s media-pleasing funding proposals

Falkirk shows the pro-capitalist dynamics at work in the Labour Party, writes Eddie Ford. But should the unions be urged to disaffiliate?

By their friends shall you know them

Backed to the hilt by the west, tiny Qatar is a monarchical dictatorship. Yet, observes Eddie Ford, it is also an enthusiastic supporter of the ‘Syrian revolution’ so lauded by the SWP

Brazil: Half riot, half carnival

Pent-up anger has exploded. Millions have taken to the streets. Eddie Ford looks at the sorry results of the coalition politics pursued by a once much vaunted Workers Party

Labour Party: Safe pair of Eds

By promising to keep within Tory spending plans, writes Eddie Ford, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are trying to show that Labour would be a ‘responsible party of government’

Turkey: Battle for secularism

Opposition to creeping Islamisation is not confined to the protestors in Taksim Square and elsewhere, argues Eddie Ford. The army is also deeply disgruntled with the AKP

Tories: Fraying at the edges

Desperate anti-Europe posturing shows that the Tories are being pulled sharply to the right by Ukip, writes Eddie Ford

Latin America rebels against war on drugs

Communists fight for the real ‘game-changer’, writes Eddie Ford - the legalisation of all drugs

Climate change: Entering the danger zone

Capitalism’s growth for growth’s sake is putting humanity at grave risk, argues Eddie Ford

Safe spaces: Fear and harassment as the norm

As Stuart Hall reminds us, writes Eddie Ford, bourgeois society and its institutions are far less safe for women and children than any far-left group

Winston Churchill: A reactionary bigot

Thatcher has been compared to Winston Churchill, and quite rightly - both were virulently anti-working class. Eddie Ford looks at Churchill’'s toxic legacy

Reinhart and Rogoff: Austerity myth debunked

The UK has been downgraded again and total national debt has risen. Even by George Osborne’s own criteria, writes Eddie Ford, Plan A has been an abject failure

Thatcher funeral: A woman who was hated

Thatcher’s elaborate funeral has been used by the rightwing establishment to elevate her into national sainthood. Meanwhile unofficial Britain welcomes her death, says Eddie Ford

BBC class survey: Old wine in new bottles

Eddie Ford is not impressed by the BBC’s ‘great British class survey’

North Korea stand-off: Obama raises the stakes

US provocation in the Korean peninsula has the potential to destabilise the entire region, argues Eddie Ford

EU bailout: After Cyprus, who next?

Of course, writes Eddie Ford, the troika bailout is ‘unique’ and ‘exceptional’ - just like all the others

Pope Francis: Silence equals complicity

Far from being a new broom or ‘reformer’, writes Eddie Ford, the new pope is a reactionary to his marrow

SWP factions: Two errors of the opposition

SWP lynchers were emboldened by a weak opposition, argues Eddie Ford

Eastleigh by-election: Snapshot of political failure

The fruitcakes and loons of UKIP came second, Eddie Ford reflects on the Eastleigh by-election

UK downgrade: No alternative to stagnation

Britain’s credit rating may have been downgraded, writes Eddie Ford, but in reality that was more a judgement on the state of the world economy

Vatican elections: Keeping up with modern world

Whoever gets the top job in the Vatican, Eddie Ford strongly suspects that he will not be in any way progressive

SWP and the internet: Let a thousand blogs bloom

Bureaucrats fear the ‘dark side of the internet’ in the same way they previously feared the printing press and the photocopier, writes Eddie Ford

Gay marriage: Cameron: from hero to renegade

For Eddie Ford, the gay marriage vote showed that the Tories are still the ‘nasty party’

Europe: Tory civil war deferred

Cameron may have thrown a slab of red meat to the Eurosceptic right, but his problems are only just beginning, argues Eddie Ford

UKIP: Cameron’s Pandora’s box

With Ukip riding high in the polls, writes Eddie Ford, the Tories are desperate to steal its votes

Ukip fostering row: Who’s fit to be a parent?

If members of ‘mainstream’ parties should not be barred from fostering, asks Eddie Ford, what about us ‘extremists’?

November 14 strikes: Europe unites to resist austerity

As the EU slips into recession, November 14 gave us a taste of what is possible, argues Eddie Ford

China: Apologia with racist characteristics

Once again, laments Eddie Ford, the Morning Star prostrates itself before the corrupt Chinese bureaucracy

EU budget: ‘Official communists’ welcome Miliband’s conversion to austerity

Europhobes of all political hues have tasted blood following the coalition government’s defeat over the EU budget, writes Eddie Ford

UK Economy: Bumping along the bottom

Whilst the UK economy is officially no longer in a recession, writes Eddie Ford, it remains in deep trouble

EU summit: Berlin demands yet more austerity

The October 18 EU summit was another exercise in procrastination, argues Eddie Ford, and Spain shows the worst is almost certainly not over

Economic crisis: Awarded for services rendered

The EU has been given the Nobel Prize, but quite clearly the whole project is in danger of falling apart, writes Eddie Ford

Economy: Troika demands yet more austerity

The euro crisis could trigger nationalist disintegration, warns Eddie Ford

No such thing as a free lunch

With Madrid refusing to take a bailout and Athens still facing the possibility of default, the euro crisis is far from over, writes Eddie Ford

Seeking a new redivision

Syria’s opposition is increasingly dominated by Islamists and is openly backed by imperialism, writes Eddie Ford

Rebelling against rural values in Warrington

Shafilea Ahmed’s ‘honour killing’, writes Eddie Ford, highlights the importance of rights and individual autonomy for young adults - especially women

Establishment’s contradictory coup

The Olympic opening ceremony represented another rearticulation of post-World War II British national identity, argues Eddie Ford

Faster, higher, stronger

The Olympic spectacle is a celebration of corporate power and money-worship, writes Eddie Ford

Bans could be a doubled-edged sword

Eddie Ford argues that the balance between left and right in the Labour Party is complex and symbolised by Ed Miliband courting both the traditional working class base and the overtly pro-capitalist right

Miliband clutches at banking straws

Labour’s plans for ‘root and branch’ reform of the banks will hardly touch the corruption that is endemic to the system, writes Eddie Ford

Berlin delivers reluctant ‘solidarity’

Angela Merkel’s last-minute climbdown comes with strings attached, writes Eddie Ford. After the EU summit, the crisis rumbles on

Haunted by danger of collapse

Another week, another summit. Yet, writes Eddie Ford, with five euro countries now members of the bailout club and Germany declining to foot the bill, there is a distinct danger that the euro will collapse

High noon for the euro

The G20 summit has seen desperate, last-minute moves to prevent debt catastrophe engulfing Spain and Italy, writes Eddie Ford. But is it just more rhetoric?

The EC-IMF-ECB cometh

Euphoria over the Spain bailout 'triumph' proved to be very short-lived, writes Eddie Ford

Last-chance saloon closing for business

Spain's 'total emergency' could bring down the entire euro zone, argues Eddie Ford

How not to fight Tory smears

The tax row between Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson reveals the limits of Labour's individual moralism, argues Eddie Ford

Someone to do business with

Eddie Ford dissects the moral hypocrisy of the bourgeoisie regarding Burma

Expecting the unexpected

The euro crisis never went away. But resistance to austerity is certain to intensify, says Eddie Ford

Pouring oil on stormy waters

The government's supposed 'Thatcher moment' has backfired spectacularly, writes Eddie Ford

Revenge of trickledown economics

George Osborne's budget shows that we are not 'all in it together', writes Eddie Ford

Rowan Williams quits before next great schism happens

Eddie Ford demands the immediate disestablishment of the Church of England

Eric Pickles puts in the knife

Communists reject a British identity based on the crown and the imperial past, writes Eddie Ford

Pre-revolutionary situation triggers talk of a coup

Whether or not Athens 'selectively' defaults this week, writes Eddie Ford, the working class is refusing to be ruled in the old way

Secularism is hostile to state religion, not religion

Separation of church and state is a basic democratic demand bitterly resisted by the British establishment, writes Eddie Ford

Danger of default catastrophe remains

Greece's economy has been driven into almost unprecedented depths by the relentless austerity measures, writes Eddie Ford

Greek razor edge

A default by Greece would unleash chaos way beyond the euro zone, writes Eddie Ford

Fool's paradise at Davos

Even though Greece continues to edge closer to default, writes Eddie Ford, there has been yet more inaction by global 'leaders'

Entering the danger zone again

All the signs are that the ongoing euro crisis is dragging the world economy into recession, writes Eddie Ford

Europe's mutual suicide pact

Austerity plans pursued by European governments are proving to be self-defeating, writes Eddie Ford

Of kings and Kims

Given the media's love of pomp and circumstance - and hereditary monarchy - there is no little hypocrisy in its mocking of North Korea, argues Eddie Ford

Playing the blame game

With hundreds of billions of debt due to be repaid in the first quarter of next year, writes Eddie Ford, the euro zone crisis has not gone away

Cameron's Euro veto con trick

Despite the deepening rift between the Tories and Liberal Democrats over Europe, writes Eddie Ford, both are committed to further attacks on the working class

Slaughter by austerity butchers

The "Merkozy" plan for greater "fiscal union" looks set to be another failure, writes Eddie Ford

Out to roll back the revolution

The military and the Muslim Brotherhood are only temporary allies, argues Eddie Ford

Fear and positioning

As the euro zone heads for possible disaster and 'economic Armageddon', writes Eddie Ford, both the US and UK governments have also admitted failure

EU leaders have no answers

As Greece and Italy edge closer to the brink, Eddie Ford looks at the latest developments

Referendum gamble plunges euro still deeper into crisis

European leaders are stumbling from one crisis to another, writes Eddie Ford

Euro: disaster beckons

Another summit, another failure. Despite repeated attempts to 'stop the rot' and save the euro there is still no sign of a 'comprehensive plan', writes Eddie Ford

Big bazooka or water pistol?

As the European leaders gather in Brussels on October 23, it could be last chance saloon for the euro zone, writes Eddie Ford

Death by a thousand cuts

With the clock ticking on the euro zone and the UK in danger of slipping in another recession, there is still no sign of 'bold vision' or a 'comprehensive strategy' from the ruling class, argues Eddie Ford

Euro storm clouds gather

World leaders are now frantically trying to cobble together a plan to prevent a catastrophic collapse of the euro zone, writes Eddie Ford. But it could be too little, too late

Facing the grim reaper

Everyone can see the danger of a crash, from the IMF to the Financial Times. But, asks Eddie Ford, where is the Marshall Plan or New Deal?

Tinkering at the edges

The Vickers report confirms that it is the system itself that is bankrupt, writes Eddie Ford

Capital's busted flush

The bourgeoisie has no answers to the continuing economic crisis, writes Eddie Ford

Aftermath of August

Eddie Ford looks at the response to the UK riots, both from the establishment and the left

Stock market panics and the danger of another recession

The loss of its triple A credit rating is symbolic of the decline of US hegemony and therefore of capitalism as a system, argues Eddie Ford

Sugar-coated Satan sandwich

Obama has signed up to a vicious cuts programme that takes the US to the brink of a double-dip recession. Eddie Ford examines the debt deal

Facing debtgeddon

Greece has defaulted in all but name and the US treasury is only days away from running out of funds. Eddie Ford looks at the ongoing crisis

Contagion spreads to the core

The escalating euro zone crisis and the possibility of the US defaulting on its deficit could trigger another global economic meltdown, writes Eddie Ford - and yet more attacks on the working class

Care provision should be free, not for profit

Care for older people should not be dependent upon a cruel postcode lottery or private provision. Eddie Ford looks at the Dilnot report into the current state of care for the elderly

Imperialism cuts its losses

The 'longest running war in US history' is nearing its end. Eddie Ford looks at the wreckage

Dignity in life and death

The desire to end your life as a fully sentient being is a perfectly honourable and legitimate one. Eddie Ford argues for the 'right to die'

Government demonises Muslims as extremists

'Extremist' is being redefined to mean any Muslim who opposes British foreign policy. Eddie Ford looks at the revamped 'Prevent' strategy and the left's knee-jerk response

End 'war on drugs' now

Far more harm and social destruction has been caused by the West's anti-drug laws than by the actual misuse of narcotics, says Eddie Ford

Victims are not to blame

We have been offered a glimpse of the chauvinist and sexist prejudices that are rife in society, argues Eddie Ford

Captain Clegg will not go down with his ship

After the May 5 elections and referendum Nick Clegg and co seem to face extinction as an independent political party, observes Eddie Ford

A day of absolute monarchy and criminalising republicanism

The establishment did not want anything to interfere with the royal wedding celebrations - including 'unruly' free speech and the democratic right to protest. Eddie Ford reports

Monarchist system must go

The working class movement must fight for republican democracy, argues Eddie Ford

Triumvirate commits to regime change

Imperialist 'mission lurch' sees first troops dispatched. Eddie Ford reports

Mubarak's detention is due to targeted mass pressure

Far from the revolutionary movement coming to a halt, argues Eddie Ford, new advances are being made

Taking on redder hues?

Eddie Ford argues that Ed Miliband is shuffling to the left as the resistance to the Tory-Lib Dem cuts takes mass form

Imperialism out, down with the Gaddafi regime

Western intervention in Libya - and the rest of the Arab world - aims to subvert popular power and the Arab revolution, argues Eddie Ford

Kick Lord Hutton out of the Labour Party

Those who collaborate with the Con-Lib Dem coalition betray the working class and bring discredit to the Labour Party, writes Eddie Ford

The unfolding Arab revolution

In the Middle East and north Africa we are not witnessing a series of disconnected protests, movements and uprisings, maintains Eddie Ford

No imperialist interventions

Communists oppose western meddling in Libya, writes Eddie Ford. Rather it is the masses themselves who must overthrow the Gaddafi regime

Goodbye to Gaddafi

He may still be admired by sections of the left, writes Eddie Ford. But we would wholeheartedly welcome the fall of Gaddafi in what is the first armed uprising in the Arab revolution

Mubarak has gone but mass protests continue

Egyptian working class needs to arm itself with a programme of extreme democracy, writes Eddie Ford

Revolution in permanence

As vice-president Omar Suleiman threatens an army coup, the workers needs to push the democratic revolution further and further, deeper and deeper, writes Eddie Ford

Mubarak unleashes thugs

The masses need to arm themselves and win over soldiers to their side, writes Eddie Ford

Stirrings of an Arab revolution

Mass revolts and protests from Tunisia to Egypt once again raise the question of pan-Arab unity, writes Eddie Ford

Police agents exposed

Mark Kennedy was not the only spy to infiltrate the eco-protest movement. It is endemic, argues Eddie Ford

Don't give in to the slurs

Eddie Ford defends Clare Solomon against the rightwing press and its AWL outriders

Drop trumped-up charges

Imperialism's attempt to close down WikiLeaks has met with determined resistance, writes Eddie Ford

Hands off Assange

US imperialism's attempts to shut down Wikileaks must be defeated, argues Eddie Ford

Rattled by Wikileaks

The latest revelations expose imperialist plans against Iran and the whole rotten business of hidden diplomacy. Eddie Ford calls for freedom of information

Wedding of mass distraction

Everyone from Ed Miliband to Johnny Rotten is looking forward to a "bit of flag-waving". Eddie Ford calls for a militant republican response

Blaming unemployed for sin of unemployment

The coalition government's 'welfare reforms' are a direct attack both on the jobless and on the working class as a whole, writes Eddie Ford

End the war on drugs

Once again, science and capitalism's irrationality collide. Eddie Ford examines the latest study

Imperialist crimes exposed

Rather than democracy, the US/UK-led invasion and occupation of Iraq delivered a bloodbath. Eddie Ford looks at the Wikileaks revelations

Comradeship and populist demagogy

The media circus surrounding the rescued Chilean miners obscures the reality of naked capitalist exploitation, writes Eddie Ford

Tails and wagging dogs

The Birmingham conference reveals the tensions and divisions over the coalition government, writes Eddie Ford

Welcome to the old new enemy within

New Labour is officially dead and Labourite class collaborationism has a new name, argues Eddie Ford

Election lows and UN forces

The US-UK-led occupation of Afghanistan has never had anything to do with democracy, writes Eddie Ford

No to crude anti-Catholicism

Once on the outside, the Catholic church is now part of the British establishment. Eddie Ford looks at the relevance of the papal visit

Blair's liberalism and the toxic Gordon Brown

In the last analysis Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had different political projects, argues Eddie Ford

Programmatic dead end

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Eddie Ford looks at the latest draft of 'Britain's road to socialism'

Holy water consecrates Cameron's big society

The coalition government's programme of cuts has in effect been blessed by a whole range of Christian denominations and groups, reports Eddie Ford

Rehabilitation failure shows failure of whole prison system

Jon Venables has been sent back inside for two years. He was never given a serious chance of a normal life on the outside, reports Eddie Ford

Institutionalised child abuse

Kenneth 'Revolution' Clarke has justified the official document authorising the brutal 'control' methods meted out to young offenders, notes Eddie Ford

Moat's paranoia and the community of women

Communists fight to reassert the power of women, writes Eddie Ford

Responding to Ken Clarke's rehabilitation revolution

Reform should not come at the expense of inmates or prison workers, argues Eddie Ford

Endlessly plundering the Earth

Fighting for a sustainable planet requires fighting for anti-capitalist revolution, argues Eddie Ford

War on the working class

The 'nasty medicine' served up by George Osborne and the coalition government will provoke resistance and pull the Labour Party to the left, predicts Eddie Ford

Fighting for the planet

There are no technological solutions to environmental destruction under capitalism, argues Eddie Ford

Burning up planet Earth

BP's advanced technology exists purely to serve the destructive interests of capital, writes Eddie Ford

Victims of British justice

Eddie Ford thinks prisoners should be treated as human beings, and children as children

An enemy that should be treated seriously

Many comrades insist that the Con-Lib Dem government is a coalition of 'profound weakness and division' that will be easy to beat and thus almost automatically lead to advances by the left. Eddie Ford believes that this approach is complacent and profoundly mistaken

So much for 'social weight'

The far left vote has gone from the tiny to the statistically insignificant, writes Eddie Ford

They all scapegoat migrants

The reaction to Gordon Brown's attack on the 'bigoted' Gillian Duffy demonstrates the depth and breadth of the national chauvinist consensus, argues Eddie Ford

Griffin's eclectic manifesto

BNP policies owe as much to the mainstream as they do to its leaders' fascist past, writes Eddie Ford

Cleggmania and the return of the Lib-Lab pact?

Eddie Ford wonders if we are about to see the fulfilment of the Blair project

The obligation and means to resist tyranny

Eddie Ford disagrees with the preaching of pacifism and legalism dressed up in anti-fascist clothing

What the EDL is and how not to combat it

Is it wrong to describe membership of the English Defence League as lumpen? Are they BNP pawns or a fascist danger in their own right? Eddie Ford examines these and other questions

Not the dawn of non-nuclear peace

Eddie Ford warns that the US-Russia agreement on nuclear arms is also about targeting Iran

Weyman Bennett should be criticised, not charged

The sorry farce in Bolton once again demonstrates that the anti-fascist left is not only disorganised, but politically disorientated, writes Eddie Ford

No judge-made bans on BNP

Moves to restrict the right to politically organise could easily be used against the left, argues Eddie Ford

Joe Glenton and the popular militia demand

Individual defiance is laudable, but more is required, argues Eddie Ford

National government danger comes with hung parliament

A hung parliament could shift British politics to the right, warns Eddie Ford

Whatever happened to the leisure society?

According to a new report, society would benefit if the working week was reduced to 21 hours, writes Eddie Ford. Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees

Right to a dignified life - right to a dignified death

The comfort and self-respect of the incurably ill and the dying must be ensured, writes Eddie Ford

Us and them Britain

Two recently published reports have served to expose the true nature of Britain today, writes Eddie Ford

Demonisation by deranged media pack

Eddie Ford argues against the demonisation of children

Johnson's bans are an attack on us all

Oppose the ban on Islam4UK, writes Eddie Ford

The underwear bomber and detonating Yemen

With Yemen the latest target, Eddie Ford looks at the bankruptcy of the 'war on terror'

There is no Planet B

Copenhagen saw the ongoing face-off between the US and China, writes Eddie Ford

Copenhagen sets disastrous CO2 targets

Truth is much more prosaic, writes Eddie Ford

To save the planet, fight for a red world

Capitalism is showing itself to be totally incapable of cutting back on carbon emissions, writes Eddie Ford

Rehabilitation, not punishment

Prison does not work, writes Eddie Ford

Get the troops out now

Eddie Ford examines why UK politics now questions troops being in Afghanistan

Fatuous, dangerous, utterly irresponsible

We call for the immediate legalisation of all drugs, writes Eddie Ford

Idols and demons

In the saga surrounding Madeleine McCann, the British media is trying to convince us that the nuclear family is the one remaining haven in a cold world and that the Portuguese police, not being British, must be somehow uniquely incompetent or corrupt. Eddie Ford comments

Wanted - working class morality

Eddie Ford comments on the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool

End factory farming

Yet again, we are in the midst of a foot-and-mouth scare. Eddie Ford analyses the situation

Compensation, not insurance

Eddie Ford comments on the floods: Communists argue that in the event of a disaster or major accident any redress made should be based on a system of need, not individualised insurance schemes. And logically this requires that a universal compensation system be set up

Irrationality rules

The 'war on drugs' makes a comeback, says Eddie Ford

Majority rights and minority duties

It is irresponsible to threaten to walk out simply because one finds oneself in a minority, says Eddie Ford

Despair and the fantastic

The London bomb attacks signal the failure of the left, says Eddie Ford

Right to bear arms, not commit murder

The "right of the people to keep and bear arms" is an essentially progressive concept, as far as communists are concerned, says Eddie Ford

SWP backs the mullahs - official

The Socialist Workers Party-backed Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (Casmii) effectively operates as an apologist for the regime sitting in Tehran, says Eddie Ford

Hostage crisis and reactionary schemes

Without doubt, Iran's capture of the 15 UK sailors and marines - and then their eventual high-profile release - was a humiliation for British imperialism. And the subsequent row about whether some of the service members, especially Faye Turnway, should have sold their story to the mass media for large amounts of money has further soiled the entire incident for many in the UK establishment. Eddie Ford comments

Fight slavery in all its forms

Eddie Ford on the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery in Britain - and the distorted pictures painted of William Wilberforce

Tory resurgence and the left

Eddie Ford on the re-branding of the 'nasty party'

Being called a 'black bastard' should not be normal

In a certain sense, the recent comments by the now disgraced Tory MP, Patrick Mercer, can be welcomed, says Eddie Ford

Freudian slips and punishing the poor

Unite employed and unemployed workers, says Eddie Ford

Not the happiest of days

Eddie Ford comments on Britain's 'youth crisis' and says: stop criminalising youth

Let them eat shit

What does the outbreak of avian flu in Suffolk teach us about capitalist factory farming? Eddie Ford outlines a communist alternative

Kosova needs genuine self-determination

Eddie Ford analyses the recent elections in Serbia and the plans for "limited independence" for Kosova

Crime and yet more punishment

Prison doesn't work, says Eddie Ford

Voting for Britain

Eddie Ford takes a closer look at the 'racism row' in the Celebrity big brother house

Hands off Lebanon, no war on Iran

Israel's assault is part of broader US war aims, says Eddie Ford

SWP apologetics for reactionary anti-imperialism

Eddie Ford comments on Socialist Worker's recent coverage of the unfolding situation in Somalia

Rehabilitation, not irrationality

Blair's speech exposes the government's bankruptcy on crime, says Eddie Ford

Not fit for purpose

In the panic over sex crimes, communists emphasise the need for treatment, not revenge. Eddie Ford comments

Reactionary hysteria

The furore over "1,000 foreign criminals" raises some basic questions about rehabilitation, border controls and chauvinist discrimination, writes Eddie Ford

Revolution at the roof of the world

Communists and democrats throughout the world have been inspired by the determined struggles of the masses in Nepal, writes Eddie Ford

Ticked off and many headed

Eddie Ford reviews The insurgency, BBC2 April 2 Sunday 9-10pm

New Labour sleaze merchants

Capitalism inevitably means corruption, says Eddie Ford

New Labour sleaze merchants

Capitalism inevitably means corruption, says Eddie Ford

Money launderers, political corruption, minor celebrities and our antidotes

Eddie Ford comments on the furore around Tessa Jowell and George Galloway's reinvention as a radio host

Hidden controversy

Dave Landau, a representative of the Jewish Socialist Group, attended the Unite Against Fascism conference on February 18

Banning bad ideas

David Irving's conviction for holocaust denial and three-year sentence in an Austrian prison is not good news for communists and democrats, say Tina Becker and Eddie Ford. It is in our own self-interest to oppose anti-free speech laws and proscriptions, as sooner or later they will be used against us

Oppose all blasphemy laws

Communists fight for the complete separation of church and state, says Eddie Ford

Democracy in the dock

Fight the BNP but defend freedom of speech too - Eddie Ford comments

Victims and victimisers

Eddie Ford takes a look at the latest round of hysteria over 'nonces' and 'perverts' in the educational system

Bolivia shifts left

Which effect will Evo Morales' victory have on the working class and the political landscape in South America? Eddie Ford takes a closer look

Booze and moral panics

How should communists view the new '24-hour-drinking'-legislation? Eddie Ford says that alcohol and drugs are class questions

Up to the top of the hill

The Socialist Worker Party generals have failed the anti-war movement, says Eddie Ford, who looks forward to the December 10 Peace Conference in London

A full life for the elderly

Eddie Ford looks at the long awaited Pensions Commission report and puts forward the communist programme: for retirement at 60, for the tripling of pensions

Don't dare read this!

Even possession of this article could see you prosecuted, warns Eddie Ford

Working class unity - not multiculturalism

The rioting that broke out in the Lozells area of Birmingham over the weekend of October 22-23 offers a disturbing insight into the fragmented nature of many working class communities in this country - and the pathetically inadequate response of the left. Eddie Ford reports

Creation of Armageddon

It has been 60 years since anti-communism devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Eddie Ford remembers

Why did they do it?

Eddie Ford examines the motivation of the London bombers - who were neither simply 'mad' or 'evil', nor can the war on Iraq explain their actions

Fight for a red planet

Eddie Ford takes issue with deep ecology, biocentrism, Giain consciousness and eco-theology

Fighting for assimilation

Are anti-racists automatically also multiculturalists? Eddie Ford thinks not

Send the right message - legalise all drugs!

Eddie Ford on the downgrading of cannabis to a 'Class C' drug, and the attitude of communists

Rewinning our day

It is time we reclaim May Day from the Stalinists, says Eddie Ford

Establishment steals Nazi holocaust

Class struggle and the holocaust

In the light of the official marking of National Holocaust Day on January 27, Eddie Ford continues his discussion of Norman Finkelstein's The holocaust industry

Drugs and the SWP

The comrades display a one-dimensional vision of socialism, says Eddie Ford

Marx and free speech

For our ideas to blossom, we have to argue against censorship, says Eddie Ford