John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Tony Benn 1925-2014

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We would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Tony Benn who died this Friday morning aged 88. Tony was a huge presence on the left and he will be greatly missed by the movement to which he contributed so much. Few can claim as many achievements as Benn; however he was never one to rest on his laurels, always throwing himself into the next campaign.

Even in his later years he was a delight to watch, arguably moving to the left after leaving the House of Commons to, as he put it, ‘devote more time to politics’. Often running circles around his juniors, his sharp and plain speaking style was both effective and an inspiration to many generations of activists. Those of us lucky enough to have worked with him will remember his infectious enthusiasm as well as his warm and friendly character.

Whether you remember him for his days as an outspoken MP, his staunch support of the miners’ strike or as a spokesperson for the anti-war movement, his absence will be a great loss to the many causes he championed.