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10 Books to contextualise Britain’s political crisis

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As the Conservative Party is poised to press the self-destruct button, how can we build radical alternatives? These books contextualise the chaos of the Conservative Party, and the key figures at play!

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The Tories are locked into a declinist spiral, and with their voters not replacing themselves the party is more dependent on a split opposition—putting into question their continued viability as the favoured vehicle of British capital.

To move from defeatism to renewed confidence, we need a Left Bloc: an explicit alliance of socialists in Parliament, the Labour grassroots, the trade unions and social movements.

The problems that beset Corbyn are likely to confront any similar political project. Is Socialism Possible in Britain? explores how they can be more effectively addressed in the future—a future which we must hope is not so far away.

Hailed as a human-rights champion and political outsider, what sort of politician is Keir Starmer really, and what mark is he making on the new politics of Labour?

The cult of Churchill is out of control and Conservaite Party members, including Boris Johnson, continue to stoke the fires.

The past is weaponised in culture wars and cynically edited by those who wish to impose their ideology upon the physical spaces around us. We are in serious trouble if we can no longer trust the tangible world around us to tell us the truth.

The UK government’s efforts to suppress dissent in the pursuit of greater power have given a green light to police to apply more aggressive tactics in managing crowds and protests. Charged tells the troubled history of the relationship between police and protesters in today’s Britain.

Stuart Hall's writings on the political impact of Margaret Thatcher have established him as the most prescient and insightful analyst of contemporary Conservatism.

Crisis dominates the present historical moment. The economy is in crisis, politics in both its past and present forms is in crisis, and our own individual lives are in crisis. When crisis is the norm, how can we demand change?

In this classic text, first published in 1977, Tom Nairn memorably depicts the “slow foundering” of the United Kingdom on the rocks of constitutional anachronism, its fall from empire and the gathering force of civic nationalism.