UK elections 2015

Post-election reflections: how the Tories wrecked the economy and why Labour couldn’t take advantage

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Now the election is over, it seems time to take stock of the last 5 years. A lot has been written about the horrific social reforms of the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, on tuition fees, workfare, sanctions, privatisations and cuts - but the mainstream analysis, and public opinion, seems to be that for all that the Tories were at least competent from a macroeconomic perspective. This couldn't be further from the truth.

So, the government got in…

The election results are in. The Tories can form a majority government to rule for the next five years. Now what?

Brief response to '4 reasons working-class radicals should vote Labour’ on Novara

A brief response to the issues raised by AWL member, Daniel Randall, in his article (4 Reasons Working Class Radicals Should Vote Labour) that was recently posted on the Novara Media website….

Owen Jones’s dangerous illusion

A response to ‘A cruel society is being built. Voting Labour begins the fightback’ by Owen Jones.

Free education and the Liberal Democrats: a student's perspective - Anarchist Federation

A student member of the Anarchist Federation's account of the Lib Dems' promise on university tuition fees and the lessons learned.

Labour and the unions - Anarchist Federation

Ed Miliband addresses the Trades Union Congress

The infatuation of the trade unions with the Labour party should be nothing other than mystifying for ordinary workers. Whether it is ‘Unions Together’ or TUC voter registration drives, trade union members amongst us should feel deeply insulted at being asked to prop-up the Labour party as the best available solution, argues the Anarchist Federation.

The end of a grassroots movement in Greece - Anarchist Federation

Syriza leader during victory celebrations

Many leftists have been overjoyed that an anti-austerity party won the general election in Greece. For the left, including those in the UK, Syriza’s victory is seen as a turning point in Europe against economic policies based on harsh cuts. But is it?

“Tories on bikes”: the Green Party in power - Anarchist Federation

Bin men in Brighton on strike against Green pay cuts, 2014

The AF take a look at the Green Party's record where they have had power to evaluate whether they really represent an "alternative" to business as usual in the election.

So, is Russell Brand right then? - Anarchist Federation

Russell Brand on Jeremy Paxman's show

The AF give their view on Russell Brand, the comedian-turned-activist who opposes voting and calls himself anarchist in his new book, Revolution.

What the Suffragettes did for us - Anarchist Federation

Suffragettes march in Bermondsey, south London, 1911

An anarchist responds to the guilt-tripping of women which occurs every election time about how suffragettes fought for women's' right to vote.