England’s North-South divide lies at the heart of Britain’s recent political disputes, from Brexit to the fate of the Labour Party. There’s a long and fascinating history behind that regional chasm, from the Norman conquest to the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Margaret Thatcher.
Tom Blackburn is a founding editor of New Socialist. He lives in Greater Manchester.
British socialists may be reeling from December’s election defeat, but the injustices that fueled their movement are still as glaring as ever. Sooner or later, the forces inspired by Jeremy Corbyn will regroup and resume the struggle, under the leadership of a new generation.
Keir Starmer is posing as the Labour Party's unity candidate, appearing prime ministerial while sticking by the party's left-wing policies. But if elected, he would be forced to choose between these priorities — and it's clear the left policies would lose out.
The stakes at this UK Labour Party conference are high: can it secure a parliamentary party willing to support a transformative socialist government?