James Bloodworth

James is a political journalist and editor of Left Foot Forward. He has previously written for the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the Irish Independent, the Huffington Post, Red Pepper and Jacobin.

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James Bloodworth: Why single Tony Blair out for protest?

Tony Blair made a tentative return to politics last week as an advisor to the Labour Party. For a number of people on the left, including your humble servant, this did not sit particularly well. Many of us had hoped that under the stewardship of Ed Miliband the Labour Party would move beyond the privatisation and political cowardice of the “triangulation” years to a more confidently social democratic outlook

James Bloodworth: Despite its popularity, the death penalty would allow the state to kill innocent people

A recent study has found that death row inmates were exonerated nine times more frequently that others convicted of murder, raising the possibility that many innocent people have been sent to their deaths by the American justice system.

James Bloodworth: The Olympics and the Jubilee distract from the real issues this summer

Unless you have something wrong with you, you will be starting to get incredibly excited about the summer. That’s the official line, at least.

James Bloodworth: Why do we fetishise meritocracy when most success is down to luck?

Anyone, technically speaking, can go from “rags to riches” and make something of their life. Anyone can also, as it happens, win the lottery.

James Bloodworth: Trident is a colossal waste of money that will encourage further nuclear proliferation

There are occasions when the language of austerity jars with reality, most notably when it comes to the renewal of Britain’s nuclear arsenal

James Bloodworth: Instead of celebrating when Thatcher dies, the left should reflect on missed chance

Ever since Margaret Thatcher stopped appearing in public due to poor health, the fit and proper reaction to her eventual exit from the earthly realm has been discussed with increasing regularity by the political left.

James Bloodworth: Westfield - the brave new world of…stuff

Visiting Stratford’s new Westfield shopping centre on a crisp November morning, I feel, as a person, incredibly small.

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