Editorial // James Stafford, Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite
To guarantee its relevance and survival, the British left needs urgently to understand the new forces ranged against it, moving against them while it still can.
Feature // Christine Berry
Brexit offers an unexpected opportunity: to use the taxpayer’s stake in RBS to begin to transform our banking sector.
Commentary // Tim Bale
Theresa May has missed her best opportunity to impose her authority on a fractious Conservative Party, and avoid the economic risks created by ‘hard Brexit’.
Labour and the National Question After Brexit
Notebook // John Denham, Michael Kenny
Labour’s electoral base has been torn apart by identity politics - but the party will almost certainly have to win a majority in England if it is ever to take power at Westminster again.
Notebook // Amina Lone
An inside account and reflection on Brexit and the politics of race.
Strength in Division: Left-Right Antagonism and the Practice of “Split Leadership”
Feature // Christian Schemmel, David Owen
Could a tripartite leadership structure modelled on Germany’s SPD offer a route to resolving Labour’s left-right divisions?
Reorganising Labour: Constructing a New Politics
Essay // Jake Watts
Corbyn has put deepening democracy within Labour at the heart of his project. But party re-organisation is about culture, as well as structures.
Militant lessons for Labour?
Review // James Coldwell
A new edition of Michael Crick’s 1980s exposé offers few insights into the Labour left of today.
Labour and Gender in Historical Perspective
Review // Charlotte Riley
Rachel Reeves’ biography of Alice Bacon shines a light on Labour’s factions and the politics of gender.
How Realistic is the Alternative?
Review // Gideon Calder
Lisa Nandy, Caroline Lucas’ and Chris Bowers’ welcome volume mostly avoids the hard questions confronting any putative ‘progressive alliance’.
Feature // Neal Lawson, Mathew Lawrence
A silver-bullet policy innovation, or a dangerous distraction from the hard grind of reform?
Labour Can Overcome Its Immigration Problem
Essay // Thom Brooks
The UK immigration system is flawed, but has significant strengths – most of which were introduced by Labour governments.
Smallism: An Approach for Our Time
Review // Simon Parker
Adam Lent’s ‘Small is Powerful’ may come to be seen as a foundational text for the revival of the civic socialism of the nineteenth century.