11 October 2019

Jeremy Corbyn was elected on a wave of hope for a ‘new politics’: for a more humane, equal, democratic, anti-racist and sustainable society. It was against this background that The World Transformed (...

9 April 2019

Mary Kaldor puts the case for a second referendum – and argues that the Labour leadership needs to listen to its overwhelmingly pro-remain supporters and members. 

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6 March 2019

Soundings teamed up with The World Transformed (TWT) to organise ‘Transforming Political Education’ at Rich Mix in East London on 16 February. We wanted to explore how the contemporary left can learn from activism and different kinds of education projects to...

17 January 2019

After the failure of the No Confidence vote, Mark Perryman outlines the hard choices Labour now has to make. 

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12 October 2018

With the final parliamentary debates over our departure from the EU a matter of weeks away, Mark Perryman...

This blog is a piece from the forthcoming Soundings issue 70. 

 

Richard Kuper, Brendan McGeever, Lynne Segal and Nira Yuval-Davis, in discussion with Jamie Hakim and Ben Little

The discussion...

2 April 2018

In John Le Carré’s spy novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, published in 1974 (and made all the more memorable for the TV series based on it 1977), a Soviet double agent, Bill Hayden, has virtually gained control of the British secret service. This undeniably brilliant mole, eventually unmasked by...

This blog is a revised and abridged version of an article which appeared in Soundings 66.

Jeremy Corbyn’s election...

Ash Ghadiali examines the shift in perceptions of media clout, and how responses to the General Election and the Grenfell Tower Fire have demonstrated the changing rules of power. 

The moment the meaning of #GE2017 lands for me, it’s a week since the...

Jeff Rodrigues reflects on his experience of working with Sussex Progressives on a progressive alliance in the county’s five constituencies. A key part of his role is as mentor to the core group focusing on building strategic capacity and devising large group engagement processes....

15 November 2016

On a trip to China a few years ago, something struck me which I’ve kept returning to in the wake of the Brexit vote. In the centre of Beijing’s Forbidden City, China’s most iconic public monument, amongst some large and ancient artefacts, sits a small plaque. In Mandarin and English the plaque...

28 June 2016

The question of when neoliberalism would finally encounter its crisis, and what form would this take, has preoccupied the Soundings editors since the financial meltdown of 2008-9. Our series on what we called ‘the conjuncture’, and its development into After Neoliberalism?:The...

Essentially, five different elections were held in the United Kingdom on 5 May. One was for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, and for Mayors in Bristol, Liverpool and Salford. Three were for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies. The fifth was for many local councils in...

A useful input into the current debate on the EU referendum might be to consider what Britain could contribute to Europe if it was more fully engaged in its policy-making. This might include an alternative view of leadership to the current German one, and a much more...

15 March 2016

As the current issue of Soundings was going to press, we received the terrible news that Doreen Massey, our great friend and fellow editor had died, on 11 March. It was a devastating shock to us all. We could not have imagined, even for...

Since David Bowie’s death on 10 January 2016, much ink has been spilt on assessing his legacies and his position in popular culture. Even more tears have been spilt, but the complex reasons for this grief have been harder to express. The mean-spirited views of...

The recent Soundings conference in Glasgow – After Neoliberalism: Scotland and Alternative Political Imaginations, 12 December 2015, Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow – provided a forum for debate and discussion about neoliberalism and alternative futures that reflected on...

Compass recently published a paper, The Osborne Supremacy by Ken Spours. Its purpose is to reframe Labour and the left’s post-election strategy by...

Guest blog by Doreen Massey, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the Open University, founding editor of Soundings and editor of After Neoliberalism? The Kilburn Manifesto...