Articles by James Bloodworth
James Bloodworth is a journalist and author of The Myth of Meritocracy

The Corbyn universe

James Bloodworth  |  15 December 2015

Who’s who: James Bloodworth profiles the hard-left networks now reaching into the Labour party John McDonnell The former chair of the Socialist Campaign Group and the Labour Representation Committee, John McDonnell’s appointment to the role of shadow chancellor was seen as Jeremy Corbyn thumbing his nose to Labour moderates by appointing his closest ally in parliament …

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Samson waiting

James Bloodworth  |  15 December 2015

Corbynism will not burn itself out, predicts James Bloodworth The long-term aim of the far left is very different to that of Labour’s moderates – and not only in terms of a political programme. Whereas the Labour mainstream places a great deal of emphasis on winning general elections, the far left is far more interested …

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French lessons

James Bloodworth  |  6 July 2015

What we can learn from France’s foreign policy —Just over a decade ago French Fries were renamed ‘Freedom Fries’ in cafeterias on Capitol Hill. French president Jacques Chirac had led United Nations opposition to the 2003 American-led war in Iraq and the Bush administration responded in the way it knew best: with childish belligerence. It …

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Cascade of disadvantage

James Bloodworth  |  28 April 2015

For a Labour government, improving social mobility must start with reducing inequality, writes James Bloodworth Social mobility is in reverse in Britain and a large number of the best jobs are increasingly snapped up by those from privileged backgrounds. Things have got so bad that even the former Conservative prime minister John Major, hardly a …

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After the fall

James Bloodworth  |  25 September 2014

Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall came down, James Bloodworth on why New Labour was the natural next chapter for the left Next month marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liberation of eastern Europe from Soviet communism. The wall was erected in 1961, ostensibly to protect the population of …

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A poor excuse

James Bloodworth  |  16 April 2014

The lionising of Venezuela betrays a preference for the idea of ‘socialism’ over actually fighting inequality, writes James Bloodworth Venezuela has been rocked by anti-government protests in recent months. Demonstrators have taken to the streets to vent their frustration at shortages, rampant crime and the increasingly authoritarian tendencies of the government. Already a deeply polarised country, …

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Littler England

James Bloodworth  |  5 March 2014

Six months ago, parliament rejected military intervention in Syria. It simply made the situation worse, says James Bloodworth The disinclination of the public to want Britain to intervene militarily in Syria has more to do with the ‘Ukipification’ of British politics than it does with any outbreak of flower power or anti-war sentiment. We did …

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Forgotten, but not gone

James Bloodworth  |  11 December 2013

Inaction is intervention by another name —The most depressing thing since August’s vote in the House of Commons on military action in Syria has been the speed at which the topic appears to have dropped off the political agenda entirely. Publicity for the Stop the War Coalition’s annual conference last month triumphantly proclaimed that: ‘In …

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Why liberal Boris Johnson is so dangerous

James Bloodworth  |  4 December 2013

The first mistake critics of both David Cameron and Boris Johnson make is to assume that neither men believe in anything. The second mistake they make is to assume that even if this were true it would matter. It is of course impossible to know exactly what either of the two men believe (for as …

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Why the silence on universities kowtowing to bigotry?

James Bloodworth  |  27 November 2013

University is the last place you would expect to encounter officially sanctioned bigotry. Indeed, for many young people the chance to go to uni is an opportunity to get away from the stultifying prejudice that characterises many of the small towns students leave behind. We live in strange times, however, and things which at one …

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