Modern Left

Simon Fletcher
Politics, socialism, Labour
Created 19 Oct 2021
  • Frances O'Grady interview
    16 Dec 2021 • 15 min read
    This is a long read – but I am sure that for many of our subscribers the issues under discussion are of sufficient interest to warrant the length. When I spoke this week to Frances O’Grady, the leader...
  • The major gap in government's approach - Frances O'Grady interview
    16 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    As the Omicron variant takes hold, Frances O’Grady has criticised the failure to introduce a new form of furlough scheme as a “a major gap in the government's approach,” calling it “announce first, so...
  • Ten politics points
    14 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Ten points on what’s going on with Christmas parties, Labour and Tories this week. 1. It is a frustration of being in opposition that months and years can be spent debating and arguing about strategy ...
  • "I don't think we have a government that fully believes in railways"
    03 Dec 2021 • 13 min read
    Transport is once again in the news – and, once again, not for the right reasons. In the last two months Rishi Sunak has cut air passenger duty for domestic flights in the run-up to the Cop26 climate ...
  • Notes on the reshuffle
    30 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    Labour’s reshuffle was initiated as Angela Rayner was on her feet - it inevitably obscured her speech. That could be seen as incompetent timing, throwing away all the work that inevitably goes into a ...
  • "This is a dispute of national significance"
    24 Nov 2021 • 14 min read
    UCU members at Goldsmiths began a three week strike this week. They are fighting to protect jobs, courses and conditions at their workplace. I spoke to the co-secretary of Goldsmiths UCU, Jacob Mukher...
  • New - back the North, back Londoners
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    I have a few words for this morning’s Times Red Box. It’s about central government’s betrayal of the North of England and its simultaneous attack on London government. There’s a couple of reflections ...
  • Broken promises on rail: “levelling down, not levelling up”
    18 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Rail unions have reacted to the government’s broken promises over today’s Integrated Rail Plan as “lies”, “smoke and mirrors” and “levelling down, not levelling up.” TSSA @TSSAunion Rail plan is “leve...
  • "You can't decarbonise the world unless you decarbonise its cities"
    17 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, interviewed earlier this week Earlier this week I interviewed the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, following the end of the Cop26 talks in Glasgow. When I set up this Subs...
  • Bristol Mayor: exclusion of city leaders from Cop26 'incompetent'
    16 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Marvin Rees, the Labour mayor of Bristol has called the exclusion of mayors from the Cop26 talks “incompetent” and a “major misunderstanding of the way the world is actually running today.” And on the...
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