“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)