WW archive > Issue 1280 - 19 December 2019
Corbynism is over
Mike Macnair argues that the very aim of winning government office is misconceived and self-defeating.
Why bother?; Hard questions; Purge PLP; You know best; It’s capitalism; Sectionalism; Hyper-activism
Not much to say
Peter Manson is saddened, but not surprised, by the extraordinarily low level of what passes for debate.
State of the union
Paul Demarty anticipates a showdown over holding a second referendum and an independence bid.
Both Sinn Féin and the DUP did badly, but there is still talk of a border poll and reunification, reports James Harvey.
An apocalyptic revolutionary
According to official Christian doctrine, Jesus was a man-god, born in a stable to a virgin mother. His first worshippers were three humble shepherds, followed by three kings from the east bearing fabulous gifts. As an adult Jesus performed serial miracles. Misunderstood by his closest disciples, betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the Jewish people collectively sought his death. Crucified by the innocent Romans, Jesus is entombed, but after three days rises from the dead. Finally, he ascends into heaven to sit on god’s right side. Jack Conrad offers a more probable version of the man and his times.
Land and the rentier economy
Brett Christophers The new enclosure: the appropriation of public land in neoliberal Britain Verso 2018, pp384, £20
Like Corbyn, none of his prospective successors are prepared to challenge the Labour right head on, says Stan Keable of Labour Party Marxists.