Vice President, Theory, Research and Policy & Executive Director, Next System Project
In and against, and outside, the party
In an article in Red Pepper, Joe Guinan of The Democracy Collaborative argues that “following major defeats, the left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education.”
It’s time to get concrete and specific about political education, community organising, and local actions – ignoring the Starmer leadership and working at the local and regional level on our own campaigns. ‘In and against’ the party, and outside it, as necessary.
We can get to work at the local government level, with community wealth building projects – we are being shown the way by visionary local leaders like Matthew Brown in Preston, Joe Cullinane in North Ayrshire, Jan Williamson in Wirral, and Jamie Driscoll in North of Tyne.