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Alex Niven

Alex Niven is a writer, editor, and lecturer in English at Newcastle University. His books include Folk Opposition, Definitely Maybe 33 1/3, and New Model Island.

The Sound of Socialism

Welsh Labour’s plans for a National Music Service are a reminder that socialist policies aren’t just about cold, hard economics – they’re about allowing the creativity and personal joy so often stifled by the market to flourish.

How Blairism Failed the Working Class

Despite pursuing a number of redistributive policies, Blair’s Labour government left the fundamental architecture of Thatcher’s economy in place – and failed to break the cycle of deepening inequality.

Our Debt to Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher passed away five years ago today. In bleak times, his writing showed a new generation that another world was possible – and paved the way for socialist revival.

The Yellow Man

Ten years after the first Coalition austerity budget, we recall the rise of Nick Clegg – British centrism’s last great hope – who appealed to the radical instincts of his supporters, only to march them to the right.

Football for the Many

Across the country, football supporters are growing alienated from the modern game – soulless, expensive and dominated by oligarchs. Labour wants to give power back to the fans.

Has Labour Lost the North?

Deindustrialisation, privatisation, and then austerity produced decades of decline in the north of England. Labour must fight its corner again — before it’s too late.

The Socialism of T. Dan Smith

Often derided as a symbol of corruption, T. Dan Smith’s vision of a modern, socialist ‘Brasilia of the North’ transformed Newcastle and deserves to be remembered.