From the dark-days of entrenched Blairism to the most unlikely superstar in contemporary politics, the recent history of the Labour party has been nothing if not unpredictable. With Corbynmania sweeping the land over 600,000 ballots are currently being sent out to Labour members and supporters (around a third of which only registered this week) amid trumped-up talk of left entryism. Corbyn's lead now appears to be unassailable but in an ever more hostile media environment and with top Labour figures plotting immediate coups, the future direction of the party is finely balanced. To understand how we got here a thorough understanding of the history of the Labour Party is vital. It's just as well, then, that we've put together this Verso reading list...
Interview with Pablo Iglesias by Matteo Pucciarelli, La Repubblica, 20 November 2014
"With Tsipras in Greece and with us in Spain, the power conditioning the ECB’s actions will be very strong. We need to build an alliance of southern countries, as change in one state alone is impossible. If Tsipras wins in Greece then we can begin to build a southern alliance to stop austerity."
A year ago he was a well-known TV pundit, a young university professor at the Madrid Complutense nicknamed el coleta (on account of his pony tail). Today the 36 year old Pablo Iglesias is the newly elected general secretary of what the surveys are calling the biggest party in Spain: Podemos, ‘We Can’. A movement that had five MEPs elected in May’s European elections, appearing with a radical Left programme but simultaneously rejecting this label and upending the classic schemas: ‘because the word “Left” is a metaphor inadequate to these times’.