As the Labour Party return to Liverpool – the scene of their pitched battles of the 1980s – Militant have been praised for their work fighting the Tories. In 1985 however, it was Neil Kinnock’s speech that put Labour back on the long road to government.
The Road to Bournemouth
The battle between the Labour Party and the Militant faction was arguably their biggest – and most destructive – of the 1980s.
The path to Neil Kinnock’s Bournemouth speech began twenty years earlier, when – in 1964 – the Militant Tendency launched their newspaper The Militant. Developing as a group from the Revolutionary Socialist League, it pursued an “entryist” policy to gain key positions within the Labour Party.
As Labour were turfed out of office in 1979, moderate MPs came under increasing pressure to adopt a more radical Marxist agenda.The nature of the divide was illustrated at Labour’s 1980 conference, where delegates met to decide…
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A couple of weeks ago, I got ensnarled in one of these debates on Facebook that do not go anywhere; it was triggered by the Australian Labor Party’s recent Living Wage policy proposal and the related discussion about the merits of minimum wages, and there specifically whether increases in minimum wages have negative employment effects and even more specifically whether such detrimental employment effects hit those at the low end of the wage distribution. These debates tie into other current debates like the one about lacking wages growth about which even the RBA is now concerned; see also Fig 17.17 here, or the one about wage theft which even the current government — not known for its charitable inclinations — says it wants to address, or the one about growing inequality which, as it affects aggregate demand, has to be a growing concern…
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Women demonstrating against Prohibition, 1932. https://t.co/xE30ApkNBB—
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The Ardern government wants to lead the world in implementing measures to combat climate change. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern put her personal stamp on this by saying it will be her government”s “nuclear-free” moment.
The science on global warming is clear, say both Labour and the Greens. So shouldn’t every kind of science be used to combat it?
Well, no, says the Green Party. It refuses to contemplate genetic modification as an instrument for example in the campaign to make NZ-predator free.
Predator Free 2050 is forbidden from carrying out any research which could lead to the use of genetic modification or gene editing, a letter written by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage shows.
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Contexts magazine recently published an article by Northwestern law professor Professor Steven Lubet where he argued that ethnographers should seriously be interested in verifying claims reported in ethnographies. This is part of his bigger effort to critique ethnographic practices, not only in terms of truth making but also in terms of research ethics. Here are the links, some critics of Lubet, and then I’ll give you my brief opinion:
- His book –Interrogating Ethnography.
- His article in Contexts.
- A response by Michael Burawoy in Contexts.
- Lubet’s rejoinder on the Contexts blog.
- A blog response by Mikalia Arthur on Scatterplot.
- Lubet’s response on Scatterplot.
My take: Overall, I am on “Team Lubet.” I won’t relitigate earlier issues, but I will say that ethnographies are not exempt from the ethical principles that govern human behavior in general and social research in particular.
In terms of his specific…
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