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“Alex Nunn’s engaging style makes Corbyn’s journey from jam-making backbencher to leader of the opposition seem both exciting and totally rational.” THE CANDIDATE reviewed in Peace News

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Alex Nunn’s engaging style makes Corbyn’s journey from jam-making backbencher to leader of the opposition seem both exciting and totally rational.

Last year, The Candidate won the Bread and Roses award for radical publishing. That first edition traced Corbyn’s rise up to the attempted coup by right-wing Labour MPs in mid-2016.

This new edition includes a 100-page(!) chapter covering last June’s snap general election and the incredible surge of support for Labour despite vitriolic attacks on Corbyn from the right-wing media.

Read the full review here.

ALEX NUNNS on the BBC’s bias against Jeremy Corbyn in RT

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The BBC has been exposed by startling statistics showing a consistent bias against left-wing political opinion, despite their stated commitment to ‘impartiality’, according to figures compiled by a key Corbyn ally.
Alex Nunns, author of ‘The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’ and prominent supporter of the Labour leader, has collated figures on the political persuasions of expert journalists who have appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show.

Nunns has calculated that since the 2017 general election, only 10 percent of journalists to have made an appearance on the panel of three ‘experts’ have been from the left, 33 percent from the center (encompassing the center-left), and a whopping 56 percent from the right.

Read the full article here.

“The narration in The Candidate has the quality of being told from a front-row seat in this drama… Nunns’ skilled narration reads like a novel” – THE CANDIDATE reviewed in Social Movement Studies

Monday, June 4th, 2018

In his work on ‘post-democracy,’ political sociologist Colin Crouch provides a heuristic image
with which to understand an ideal democratic party. At the centre of this image is the party’s
leadership and its closest advisers, around which in concentric circles follow ‘parliamentary
representatives; then active members [including local government and paid staff]; next,
ordinary members [. . .], then supporters, or loyal voters [. . .]; finally, the largest circle of all,
the wider target audience, which the party seeks to persuade to vote for it.’

Read the full review here.

Corbyn and the Manchester speech – an excerpt from THE CANDIDATE in Red Pepper

Monday, May 28th, 2018

In the middle of the 2017 general election campaign, disaster and tragedy struck with the Manchester terror attack. In this extract from the second edition of The Candidate, Alex Nunns tells how the Corbyn campaign responded this time last year with a speech that was careful, but radical.

Read the full excerpt here.

A New Politics from the Left – ALEX NUNNS in conversation with Hilary Wainwright at the London Review of Books podcast

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Hilary Wainwright, co-editor of Red Pepper magazine and fellow of the Transnational Institute, has been a significant figure on the left of the Labour Movement since the heyday of the GLC. Her latest book A New Politics from the Left (Polity) reflects on the recent reinvigoration of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, and presents a grass-roots up vision of the future that is both profoundly radical and entirely practical. She was in conversation about her book, and the future of the left in Britain, with journalist, activist and author Melissa Benn, and Alex Nunns, author of The Candidate (OR Books).

Listen to the full conversation here.

ALEX NUNNS discusses the state of the British Labour Party at Politics Theory Other

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

This week I’m joined by Alex Nunns, author of The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power to discuss the Labour Party after the local elections, the balance of power within the PLP, and the prospects for a new centrist party.

Listen to the full interview here.

The 2017 General Election – How could they all be so wrong?- an excerpt from THE CANDIDATE at Ceasefire

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Although Labour did not win the June 2017 general election, its result was astonishing. The party increased its share of the vote by 9.5 points, the biggest gain between elections since 1945 — all the more impressive as it had only been two years since voters last went to the polls. Jeremy Corbyn became the only Labour leader other than Tony Blair to break the 40 per cent barrier since 1970. A dizzying 12.9 million people voted for the party. Apart from the 1997 landslide, Labour had not won so many votes since 1966.

Instead of losing seats, Labour gained a net 30 (the first time the party had added to its tally since 1997), while the Tories lost 13 along with their overall majority. The resulting hung parliament — with the Conservatives occupying 317 seats and Labour 262 — gave Corbyn’s party great political clout in the House of Commons, reflected in the immediate dropping of noxious parts of the Conservative manifesto such as grammar schools and a vote on fox hunting.

Read the full excerpt here.

Alex Nunns, author of THE CANDIDATE discusses the improbable rise of the Corbyn movement at the A Up Let’s Talk podcast

Monday, March 19th, 2018

This week JJ was joined by award winning author Alex Nunns to talk about his book The Candidate: JEREMY CORBYN’S IMPROBABLE PATH TO POWER. We also discuss a range of issues including the Labour Party (pre Corbyn) and the events that made it possible for him to run for Labour leader. We also discuss the infamous coup, media bias & the general election.

Listen to the full interview here.

“The excitement; the dynamism; the heady, disorienting feeling of the impossible becoming possible.”: Read an extract from THE CANDIDATE at New Socialist

Monday, March 19th, 2018

It was the movement that brought the magic to the Corbyn campaign. Although a process was already underway within the Labour membership, what gave the Corbyn phenomenon its distinctive character was the participation of people from outside the party. It was the sense that Jeremy Corbyn was at the head of a broad movement that made his leadership bid so extraordinary. The excitement; the dynamism; the heady, disorienting feeling of the impossible becoming possible—these were the trappings of movement politics.

Read the full extract here.

“ It will either annoy or delight you… but it certainly will not bore.”: Progress review THE CANDIDATE

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

All election accounts suffer from the same problem: it is extremely difficult to separate the factors that lead us to cast our votes. Any attempt to explain the results of elections therefore end up focusing heavily on correlation rather than causation: the winning side did x and they won, so x must have led to the victory.

In 2017, the ‘winning’ side did not win per se, but as the result of last year’s general election was so contrary to expectations, it was only a matter of time before Corbyn’s team told their victor’s story.

Read the full review here.

On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, NADIA IDLE speaks with the protestors who Tweeted from Tahrir Square

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Nadia Idle: Was it worth it? And why?

@TheAlexandrian: Well, that really depends on your time horizon. Any wholesale societal shifts of the sort that we witnessed across the region five years ago will naturally involve a period of adjustment before a new equilibrium is reached. This period will naturally come with quite a bit of difficulty. Even in the region’s lone “success story” Tunisia, consternation and unease remain high. At any given point in recent years, one could look to the continued repression, economic stagnation, and security breakdowns across Egypt and conclude that all this was assuredly not worth it. Yet, without minimising the real toll felt by everyday Egyptians, what we are seeing is the growing pains that generally attend to the breakdown of authoritarian rule. It will likely take a generation to pass before we can meaningfully assess whether the current tumult was truly worthwhile.

To read the rest of the article, visit Red Pepper.

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