About Think Left

Think Left Statement

“A Socialist Britain in a Greener World.”

Think Left started out with a group of people in 2011 with the intention to add to the left-wing voices challenging the remaining vestiges of New Labour ideology. 

Each author takes individual responsibility for the views that they express.  However, all share the common aim of wanting a contemporary LP which incorporates the values of socialism into policies for future government… a Labour Party that will tackle ‘the huge institutional blockages of neo-liberal capitalism’


Economics

It is now widely accepted that the Third way of New Labour was a continuum with Thatcherism and the policies of deregulation and globalization which led to the credit crunch of 2008

Since 2011, Tory and Tory/LibDem governments have continued with the disastrous and now discredited economic framework, have utilized the crisis to justify unnecessary cuts and a draconian process of dismantling and privatizing the Welfare State, the NHS and education.

This is the nature of neoliberalism.  Any economic crisis, war or natural disaster is managed and manipulated to justify an ‘upward redistribution of wealth accumulation by dispossession’.  The main techniques, in the modern neoliberal sense, for dispossessing  (‘parasitising’) the wider population are through privatisations and commodification, financialisation, and state redistributions.

‘…neoliberalism is essentially about the reconstitution of class power by the global economic elite.  Thus neoliberalism in its practice has not been a “utopian project to realize a theoretical design for the reorganization of international capitalism” …. but a practical political project meant to restore the power of economic elites…. a kind of one sided neoliberalism, where government intervention is bad if it would protect labour or the environment, but government intervention is good if it will help economic elites.’


The crisis of energy, peak oil production and climate warming. 

Since 2011, awareness of the Climate Emergency has grown in more prominence, and the emergence of Green New Deal and Extinction Rebellion have added to the voices of GreenPeace and protest groups. Think Left’s concerns about the crisis of energy, peak oil production and climate warming, have been a central issue and many articles here reflect that.

Now, the time has come to implement policies and the Left and the Labour Party are leading with Labour’s Green New Deal.

Labour look to be a world leader in addressing the Climate Emergency. The UK alone cannot stop a global catastrophe.

The truth is that the capitalist system is unable to respond to climate change: either in periods of prosperity or stagnation, and in the latter case everything but the latest stock quotes and profit figures recede into the background.

Labour’s Green New Deal


 The Emergence of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader and Labour Party Democratisation

A new democracy has developed within the Labour Party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, who became leader of the Labour Party in September 2015 as a result of desire for a new direction and for socialism. The Corbyn surge in popularity came  from the grassroots of the Labour Party, trade unionists and ordinary working people who felt that the parties in Westminster were becoming more and more remote from working people, and no longer represented them. People felt politicians were all the same, careerists, and remote. It was in the midst of dissatisfaction within our Party, that the Think Left blog was set up in the Summer of 2011.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party has brought about a new democratisation of the Labour Party. Those changes have had their ‘teething problems’ and change is always difficult, so perhaps, in 2017,  while Labour presented a radical manifesto, and came within just a couple of thousand votes of winning the General Election, Labour wasn’t quite ready.

The manifesto, has been written by Labour members, from the grassroots up, with every member or supporter invited to contribute over the last three years. As a result, the manifesto and the policies feel much more relevant to ordinary members, because this manifesto has been written by them.

It is the most radical and exciting manifesto since 1945. Many of us were overwhelmed by emotion as Jeremy Corbyn  presented the launch on 21st November, because this is what we have been waiting for forty years, since Margaret Thatcher  introduced neoliberalism  (unbridled capitalist economics) , and began to sell off our  public assets for private profits. Our essential basic services  became commodities for speculation on the stock market and people became poorer as billionaires fortunes boomed.

The Labour Party  Manifesto for 2019 sets out a radical and ambitious programme, and it is entitled ‘Time for Real Change”. Some may feel we have needed  change to the lives of ordinary people a long time ago.

This year, we see an  unprecedented ‘winter of discontent’ where the  figures show the waiting times for A and E are the worst ever, where social security payments are the lowest ever, where the levels of homelessness and poverty are the worst since WW2 and the 1945 Labour Government and the launch of the welfare state. Here is  link to the 1945 manifesto. There are some similarities, but seventy five years on, we have a manifesto for the future, a real 2020 vision for real change in our society. So here we are. This is the manifesto for real change written by listening to ordinary working people , and delivering what  ordinary people want to see change.

We, in Think left, will make it a priority to focus on the imperative that an incoming Labour government be ready to address this emerging crisis, with its potentially dire consequences for the UK because it is clear that the Tory government has not taken the very urgent and necessary steps to de-carbonise our economy.

16 thoughts on “About Think Left

  1. I have grave concerns about world wars resulting from competition for energy resources. With the Oil Crunch now predicted to hit the world much sooner than previously anticipated, (that is at least by 2015) – see Sue’s link – we need to act now. I am also concerned about the possibility of civil unrest stemming from homelessness, unemployment and poverty. We need to consider pursuing macro projects for renewable energy sources such as more wind farms, wave power, tidal energy from a lagoon situated in the Severn Estuary. International co-operation distributing electricity around the world via High Voltage DC cables from the world’s deserts can replace fossil fuels and nuclear fuels. It is clean, pollution free and safe. We also need to extend the micro-generation projects such as the Feed-in Tarrifs. Jobs can be generated by expansion of UK manufacturing of green items such as PhotoVoltaic panels. The building of green homes which are affordable will go a long way to solve the housing crisis and unemployment. Green Energy, Green Jobs, Green Homes, co-operatives and nationalised industries such as transport and utilities, state provided education, health, care and public services will be a focus for the Think Left Manifesto. We need to turn out back on neo-liberalism, the competition in education and health and in other public services. We need to redistribute wealth, address tax abuse, and ensure a work life balance for citizens. Think Left are formulating policies to address these issues and to ensure we achieve it by a fairer and more democratic voting system, and political reform.

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  10. Instead of just writing in protest, it may be best to work hard to purge ‘Progress’ from Labour, with its leaders Miliband and Balls just offering being even harder on welfare reform (aka abolition) than the Tories and continuing Tory spending plans after 2015. This will lose them yet another election in 2015, or just as bad be a minority government, so Tories still rule.

    There is the Labour Left think tank that is any hope for the millions being left with nothing of all ages today.

    The socialists fielded more candidates on May 22 than they had done in 60 years. But trade unions did not give them the funds to advertise enough to get their message out.

    Something that happened in 1997 to socialist manifesto that would win big in 2015, see how on my personal website, from the 23 million over 50s in the UK, that are the last left voting:
    http://www.theswansnewparty.org.uk

    Pensioners starve just as much as all ages.

    The day of just useless talk instead of action to change politics and government directly, by bringing the millions if not billions of trade union money to the socialists, who also missed the trick voted in as a manifesto pledge by The Greens of a universal non-means tested citizen wage, that cannot be withdrawn, to replace all the benefits sanctions regime that leaves people to starve.

    Everyone can be fed. See how:
    http://theswansnewparty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/government-uses-taxpayers-money-to-deny.html

    You have about 70 per cent non-voters to bring you a landslide victory in 2015.

    Talk does not put bread on the table or a roof over our head.

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