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All too often events aimed at remembering the victims casually morph into uncritical reverence of the First World War.
Millions of dead in Indochina, the funding and arming of Apartheid South Africa, and Pinochet's coup make a nonsense of lazy distinctions between the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys'.
In whipping itself into a frenzy over Miliband’s plan to freeze energy prices, the right has turned a blind eye to mounting revulsion over private firms.
That migrants are often happy to work in scandalous conditions doesn't prove British workers are “wet behind the ears”, it proves we need to improve employment protection.
The triumph of identity politics means too many progressives appear willing to dismiss the white working class as socially backwards and not worth listening to.
The one thing proven to improve the conditions and pay of workers across the board is trade unionism. Labour should do more to champion it.
If there is a glimmer of hope, it is that it is the free market model embraced by the young is failing them. They could be won round.