Alasdair's blog

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.

Autonomisation, financialisation, neoliberalism

An overview of the way in which with increasing autonomisation of finance capital, models come to shape the real economy and influence its restructuring.

Are the strikes In South Africa good for mining companies?

As the dispute continues in Marikana, and appears to be spreading to both other platinum mines and to more workers at Lonmin, is it worth taking a step back from the immediate actions and considering the broader economic effect of the strikes?

Do something! A critique of activism

Alasdair critiques aspects of student and political activism in the UK.

UCU vote to suspend strike action

Y U NO FIGHT FOR OUR PENSIONS UCU

On Tuesday the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) held a special conference to determine where we go next in our pensions dispute. For those who haven't been following the intricacies of it all I'll attempt to briefly lay out where we were going into this meeting and what happened there.

Review: The idea of communism

The Idea of Communism

Review and discussion of 'The Idea of Communism', a collection of essays discussing the place of communism in contemporary politics from Žižek, Toscano, Badiou and others

Don't give up on the pensions fight

N30 strike march in Birmingham

As trade unions look set to sell out their members once again, workers need to stand together in the fight over pensions and refuse to allow ourselves to be picked off one by one with cosmetic concessions.

The real pensions crisis

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We are told today that we face a crisis. People are living longer, there is a demographic timebomb and, coupled with need to bring down deficit, we have no choice but to accept reductions in our pensions, the need to work longer, contribute more and get back less in the end.

Which side are you on?

Billy Elliot's dad's a wanker - don't scab

With a new wave of strikes fast approaching, workers and union officials have to decide on whose side they really are.