Frances O’Grady gives Ken Coates memorial lecture

IMG_7211b0495h UoN Frances OGrady BEST
Ken Coates lecture advert a0200h
There are better write-ups elsewhere.
The General Secretary of the TUC is certainly engaging.
Notions of ‘left unity’ less so – didn’t take many contributions from the audience before people started calling each other ‘comrade’.
It was said how Ken Coates put a premium on left unity, but what I remember was that he worked hard with others to develop ideas and arguments with which to campaign –
– European nuclear disarmament in response to notions of tactical nuclear warfare;
– alternative European economic strategy in response to monetarism.
Perhaps Ed Miliband’s anger at people in full-time work still needing social security needed Ken’s kind of help in fashioning a counter policy.


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