Post Liberalism and The Future of Western Politics

The Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primaries are harbingers of a tectonic shift in Western politics.

Mainstream parties have converged in the centre while anti-establishment parties tend to combine a far-right stance on questions of identity and immigration with left-wing statism on welfare and the economy. This reordering of politics cannot be mapped according to the old opposition of left versus right because both are part of the same liberal logic that is now in question

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Faith and the Future of Labour

On Tuesday 6 September, Christians on the Left co-hosted an event 'Faith and the Future of the Labour Party', bringing together representatives from faith communities supporting Labour as well as leadership candidates Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. The following text is a transcript of the speech made by Njoki Mahiaini, a committed member of our executive and our speaker on stage. See her introducing the live stream of the event here.

Njoki speaks to a packed and attentive audience

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Brexit and 'Generation Z': Engaging the Next Generation

teenagers_cropped.jpgAli's work with the youth of her church has given her an insight into the rise of political engagement in teenagers during and since EU Referendum. She hopes this is a trend that will long continue - but how can we best maintain their interest after the Brexit fall-out dies down?

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Sharing passion, disagreeing well

There is no doubt that passion has returned to politics. There has been a lot to get passionate about. The referendum on European Union membership and the Labour leadership election are only the latest examples. In the past couple of years, the United Kingdom has seen Scotland hold an intensely debated referendum on its future and elected a Conservative government at a general election.

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Labour Party Leadership 2016

We love the diversity of backgrounds and views that make up Christians on the Left. Often we find topics where we wholeheartedly agree with one another. But sometimes we don't.

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The Financial Crisis - A (controversial?) Balance Sheet Analysis

econ_books.jpegFollowing a conversation between CotL director Andy Flanagan and Chris Rimmer at New Wine, Chris was encouraged to put his ideas of a novel illustration of how economics works into writing. With a fresh look at balance sheets, what do you think of Chris' theory?

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The World Turned Upside Down

EU Parliament

 In the Brexit fall-out we've seen the status-quo be turned on its head, led by what was  originally a minority movement. What led the huge change in public opinion against a  socially-principled EU, and how can we recover our faith-driven political principles?

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Our Hope for Years to Come

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The Labour Party needs to rally itself together if it is to pose a strong opposition - and not in the least if it is to fight a snap election against Theresa May. Rev Tony Cross offers his thoughts on the leadership, the electorate, and what direction Labour needs to go if it is to be successful when we next go to the polls.

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Don't Box Me In

Men in Boxes

I am a Christian and a member of the Labour Party. They are both descriptions I often wish were enough; I never signed up for being boxed into narrow camps within bigger institutions whose values I love.

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The Housing Crisis - WWJD?

Housing CrisisThe clock struck midnight. On the television the fireworks over the Thames hailed the beginning of the New Year. I felt a strange sense of relief. 2015 had held many unanswered questions for our family. I was ready to welcome a more settled 2016.

Little did I know that only 3 weeks later the rented house our family had called home for 4 years would be sold and we would soon have nowhere to live.

 

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