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Hastings Democratic Alliance

Could the Hastings Democratic Alliance be revived?

In 2005 the Hastings Democratic Alliance (HDA) was formed, aiming to promote participation and involvement in the democratic process, and to maintain a watching brief on the activities of public and private bodies. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver interviews former local councillor, Sue Palmer, and artist and activist, Colin Booth, both founder members of the HDA. They discuss the background of HDA, the achievements of the alliance and the prospect of its revival.

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There are many myths that the beneficiaries of neo-liberal capitalism like to peddle about the Thatcher years. The most frequent is that economic growth was much better under Thatcher and she enabled the UK to ‘catch up’ with other capitalist economies. However, it is time to look afresh at the 1970s. Lee Humphries writes.

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The Hastings & Rye Constituency Labour Party (HRCLP) have appointed a new party organiser. HOT’s Sean O’Shea discusses some of the challenges facing the appointee in developing a more open, democratic and inclusive culture in the local party. He argues that the development of a party which is genuinely ‘for the many not the few’ could be the key to Labour’s future electoral success.

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Momentum – the untold Part 2, (January 2016 – March 2017)

In part two of this article HOT’s, Sean O’Shea describes the evolution of the Hastings’ Momentum group. Read part one of this article here: Momentum – the untold Part 1.

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 The future of an illusion

HOT’s Sean O’Shea reflects on the recent Brexit preparatory talks, criticises the use of militaristic rhetoric in the conduct and narration of our relations with the EU and asks if democracy and progressive politics are going to be relegated to Room 101 on the 8th of June?

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Reaction to O’Shea’s ‘Say no to hate speech’

HOT’s Chandra Masoliver reports on one of the few hostile reactions to Sean O’Shea’s recent article, Say no to hate speech.

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HOT’s Sean O’Shea continues his discussion of the prevalence of hate on the left and suggests how it can be addressed at local Labour Party branches. He argues that unless it’s accepted that the personal is political, socialists may be condemned to repeat the patterns of the past and face a future in the political wilderness.

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Labouring on

HOT’s Sean O’ Shea discusses Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s recent relaunch bid dubbed by the media as ‘the day of chaos.’ He also reviews the position of the Labour Party with regard to electoral reform and progressive alliances, reflects on the party’s prospects for 2017 and asks: will it rise to the challenge ahead?

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