About us

“Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we’ll keep the red flag flying here.” With these verses in mind, this blog was started in September of 2007 as a way for me to move on from Labour Members’ Net. Since then it has been marginally successful at what I had in mind for it – which was the creation of a space for debating Marxist theory, activism and the nature of more general goings-on in society.

Things stepped up a gear when we acquired our second full-time editor and writer, Councillor Paul Cotterill, from the wastes beyond the Watford Gap, back in August 2009. Adding humour, patience and his experience – as a nurse, as a councillor and as a Labour Party member – Paul has helped turn the blog towards a practical focus on what normal people, rather than well-off think-tank types, can do to change their world.

Both myself and Paul are contributors to Liberal Conspiracy. Paul is a member of the Labour Party, and Labour Representation Committee; I’m a member of the Socialist Party (though formerly also of Labour and the LRC). The other less frequent contributors to the blog are Adam White, Duncan Money, Dr. Paul Cockshott, Gordon Crawford, Carl Packman and Daniel Tye, respectively LRC, Socialist Party, a Glasgow-based academic, Scottish Socialist Party member, Left Labour and Young Labour

We’re always on the look-out for new contributors who share our socialist ideas, whatever organisation on the socialist Left they hail from.

– Dave Semple,
30th November 2009

(Edited July 2010 to add Carl and Daniel)

  1. August 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm


    I’ve seen a pic or two of mine linked to in your blog posts. That’s fine by me, I was also wondering if you’d like to add my blog to your blog-roll. The url is above, as is the name.

    Great blog site by the way!


    Welwyn Hatfield Guy.

    (ps. No need to publish this comment on your site)

  2. October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm


    I am hoping that you read this email and consider my Labour blog to add to your blogroll.

    I am a new member (new to being active anyway) of the local LP in NWD (Hilary Armstrong MP) and I’m opening this blog to get my views heard. I’m contacting various good bloggers to try and get a link with a view of getting readers (perish the thought)

    Hope you add it! http://thelabourpartyblog.blogspot.com


    Malcolm Clarke

  3. November 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    hello there,

    You have a very interesting blog. Well done and please keep it up.

    I doubt if we’ll agree on some key issues but I noticed in one of your posts you mentioned Cornwall and Kent in the same breath as two possible regions who might seek greater autonomy.

    I know little about Kent but I do know it has no nationalist or regionalist movement of any sort to talk about. You’d have been better mentioning Yorkshire, Mercia or Wessex, and even then there not much to report.

    Kernow is a totally different kettle of sardines. This article from the Center of World Indigenous Studies may help.

    Kernow: The Cornish Reality Rising: http://cwis.org/fwj/81/02Kernow/

  4. Ray Laurence
    February 5, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Please sign petition to save these museums:

  5. Miriam Yagud
    April 30, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Just read your “about us ” section. What a shame there’s no room for women at your website. same old same old blinkered attitudes here…tut tut

  6. April 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

    This is a deficiency I have noted. Last International Women’s Day, we had half a dozen women contribute to the site – and we’re always willing to accept guest contributions.

  7. 2me2you
    June 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I see our blogs are linked regarding Diane Abbott stories. That alerted me to this blog, I’d not been here before. Some great thought and excellent analysis – a worthy addition to my blogroll ;-)

    All the best.

    • 2me2you
      June 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      I say linked my Diane Abbott stories – I’m not quite sure! But it says you got traffic via 2me2you – so it must be?!

  8. January 12, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I found your post on Woollard’s sentence after I wrote my blog post. I have included you on my blogroll and wonder if you would reciprocate?

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