National Sections of the L5I:

Analysis by Country

The unemployed struggles of the 1920s - We will not starve in silence!

Dave Garroch looks at the unemployed struggles between the Wars in a review of two books about the period – Harry McShane’s “No Mean Fighter”  (Pluto Press) and Wal Hannington’s  “Unemployed Struggles (Lawrence and Wishart). Read more...

Marxists and the Labour Party - The first fifty years

This is the first part of a series of articles by Stuart King which will examine Marxist tactics towards the Labour Party Read more...

Chile: The disintegration of the Dictatorship and the tasks of revolutionaries

Diego Mocar argues for workers struggle to overthrow the Pinochet regime Read more...

Black Friday: Learning from defeat

An article from 1984, after the TUC sold out the struggle at the Stockport Messengernewspaper, pointing to the similarity with Black Friday in 1921 Read more...

Tamils under attack

July’s carnage on the streets of the capital Colombo was neither a new nor an unexpected event. Attacks on the 2.8 million minority Tamil population have been regularly aided and abetted by Sri Lanka’s 30,000 strong police force and army 98% of whom are drawn from the 11 million strong Sinhalese majority population. Read more...

Communists and the Labour Party: Expelling the Left Wing – The lessons of the 1920s

In a period when the leadership of the Labour Party is once again setting out on its well trodden course of “cleansing” the Labour Party of “Marxists and Trotskyists”  it is highly appropriate to look at the very first witch-hunt in the Party’s history. During the 1920’s the right wing set out to drive the Communists from the Party. Read more...

Communism vs Municpalism: The struggle in Poplar 1919-21

Some sixty years after the word 'Poplarism" was first coined, the struggle between local Labour councils and Tory central government has lost none of its importance. While, after the humiliating retreats of Lambeth, Lothian and the Greater London Council it becomes more and more difficult for "left" councillors to invoke the militant heritage of the Poplar council, it is more important than ever to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of that movement. Read more...

Part one of a History of the Labour Party: The road to Labour Representation

Part one of a History of the Labour Party : The road to Labour Representation

The History of the original Labour Representation Committee, by Jon Lewis Read more...