Back of an envelope: Trident and jobs

As Labour has decided the prospect of spending vast sums on Trident renewal wasn't worth debating, I thought I'd do a quick back-of-the-envelope thing on the numbers being bandied about. Obviously Trident is, in terms of defence, a non-starter, as reasonably well outlined by Diane Abbott in her recent Guardian column. But people do like to go on about how many jobs it provides, so I thought I'd take a look at that.

The real movement we need

Some thoughts on building mass movements and organising, in relation to the Labour Party

Language workers got Tallents!

The Angry Language Brigade and the London IWW have officially ended their dispute with the Leicester Square School of English and its wage-stealing owner, Craig Tallents.

Wear the white poppy with pride

cooperative womens guild members with white poppy wreath

Labour MPs have urged Jeremy Corbyn not to wear a white poppy on Remembrance Day. Symbols like that matter, this article argues

Public inquiry on undercover policing: urgent deadline to register as core participant

Undercover police posing as activists

Public pressure has forced the Home Secretary into announcing a Public Inquiry into undercover policing in the UK. If you have, or it's quite likely you have been, involved in a campaign/activist group/movement that was infliltrated by undercover police operatives in the last few decades, now is the time to register as a Core Participant in the Inquiry...

5 reasons to steer clear of the Labour Party bandwagon

After a campaign that seemed to drag on endlessly in the wake of the general election, Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour Party leadership by a landslide. The most immediate consequence of this has been a surge in membership. Here are some reasons not to get caught up in the tide.

The schoolchildren's strikes, 1889 - Steven Johns

Contemporary engraving depiction of the 1889 schoolchildren's strike

A brief history of walkouts of schoolchildren across the UK in October 1889 against corporal punishment and excessive workloads.

Neo-Nazi mob riots at anti-immigration protest

Anti-fascists blocking route of fascist march in Dover

Around 200 neo-Nazis and racists rioted in Dover at an anti-immigration protest yesterday. Clashes with anti-fascists early in the day saw people on both sides hospitalised.

International left distracted by shiny new object

Jeremy Corbyn has already helped Leftists around the world forget their uncritical support of SYRIZA

A different five-year plan

This article is a response to a piece published by one of my union colleagues on some possible aspirations for the Sheffield Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) General Members’ Branch over the course of the next half-decade.