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About Mark Perryman

Mark Perryman is a member of both the Labour Party and Momentum. He has edited numerous books on the politics of the Left, including The Corbyn Effect, and his new book Corbynism from Below will be published by Lawrence and Wishart in September 2019.

Articles by Mark Perryman

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The forward march of Remain? It still hasn't got out of the starting blocks

Remainers need to focus efforts on Tory and Labour MPs with marginal seats, but they're too distracted by painting apocalyptic pictures.

Forget early votes, do the maths, and start building for 2022

The lessons from conference season? Forget an early election – or a People’s Vote – the real prize to work for is a 2022 election that will be as era-defining as ’45 or ‘79.

Political books round-up - 2018 Labour Conference special

Analyses of Corbynism, Trumpism and the legacy of 68, guides to action, cookbooks and childrens books, Mark Perryman welcomes the variety of thinking on offer from Left authors new and old.

How to break the impasse on Labour’s anti-semitism mess

Labour should adopt the IHRA code, with the Home Affairs Select Committee’s caveats

The last World Cup as we know it

Problematic decisions by FIFA mean Qatar could be bad – and North America 2026 could be even worse, fears Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman.

Fields of play – joining the dots between pitches and politics

English World Cup hopes rest on Gareth Southgate’s young team’s shoulders. But Left politics needs to address the lack of facilities for youngsters and the grassroots game.

England expects

Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman outlines what we can expect from the last 16 stage of the World Cup – and what we should hope for.

If a week is a long time in politics, it’s a very long time in the World Cup

Both England’s performance – and the tournament atmosphere – in the first week of the Russia’s World Cup, have been better than many predicted, so far. But let’s not get carried away….

Thirty-two nations under a groove

Will the World Cup which opens today be an orgy of petty-minded nationalism? Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman doesn’t think so.

From Bah Humbug to Oh Jeremy Corbyn – the best political books of 2017

Never mind miserabilism - this Christmas Mark Perryman discovers plenty of books full of reasons to be cheerful.

The revolution will not be merchandised

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the Russian revolution, a variety of cultural responses are floating around – but Corbyn mugs and cynical movies don't capture the visionary optimism we need.

Rising from the abyss - the Corbyn effect

In an exclusive and edited extract from his new book The Corbyn Effect, Mark Perryman measures the scale of Labour’s 2017 recovery.

How to make English football good again - the view from below

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football explores the possibilities of fan culture as a social movement. 

Were you still up for...? a late summer reading list

The shock of the general election hasn’t even begun to settle down. Mark Perryman recommends some reads to help grapple with interesting times.

Nothing to lose but our chains: cycling is the people’s sport

As the annual cycling spectacle of the Tour De France begins, are two wheels good?

A riot of our own: Punk at 40

 8th April is the 40th Anniversary of The Clash Debut Album Mark Perryman asks what the 1977 punk and politics mix was all about?

All Power to the Ideals!

What kind of centenary celebration does 1917 deserve?

A guide to Christmas books for the radical in your life

Mark Perryman provides a seasonal round-up of the best books to cheer up the radical spirit

We were their flowers in the dustbin: Anarchy in the UK at 40

40 years ago this weekend, The Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK was released. Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman remembers

A poppy for our thoughts? On footballers' symbols and politics

Ahead of the England vs Scotland game, what does the reaction to FIFA’s poppy ban tell us about Britain?

"They did not pass": Lessons from Britain's history of anti-fascist resistance

Mark Perryman revisits 1936 when anti-fascism was the cause home and abroad. What lessons can be drawn for the left of today?

Team GB's Olympic triumph is testament to the benefits of social democracy

Publicly-funded olympians have come home covered in glory, whilst the UK's neoliberal football clubs flounder on the international scene.

Battle of Britains: England vs Wales

Looking ahead to England v Wales as competing versions of nationhood

An 11 point plan to fix English football

As Euro2016 begins, England needs a long-term plan to end the 50 years of hurt.

Catching up with Portugal

As the England team meets Portugal again, national decline is on the country's mind.

The England Euro 2016 team: an imagined community of eleven named people

What does the newly announced Euro 2016 team tell us about the state of multicultural England?

Football's greatest hurt of all: the context for Hillsborough

To understand the Hillsborough disaster, you have to see the context: vilification of football fans and the working class; England's decay, and the violence of the 1980s.

England always dreaming

It's St George's day. But why do those who ask the English question fail to talk about the main expression of Englishness?

Ireland and Britain, a hundred years later

On St Patrick’s Day and the meaning of the forthcoming Easter Rising centenary for models of Britishness.

Euro 2016 vs Euro referendum: which one will win out?

The Brexit referendum will fall in the middle of the Euro 2016 football championship, where England (not to mention Wales and Northern Ireland) will feel at their most "European".

Football: this is what being European looks like

What’s the most Europeanised institution in British society? The answer is easy if you think about it.

One year on from Team GB what remains of Britain united?

In the run up to the London Olympics, Lord Coe maintained that the event last year would be a chance to exhibit Britain's incredible variety of cultures. To what extent was the true state of multiculturism exhibited in this country, and what purpose does sport have in terms of national identity?

After the Games: the good the bad and the Orbit

With the Olympics over Mark Perryman reflects on the ups, downs and thereabouts. London 2012 has been internationally lauded as a success, but a better Games was possible and we should not allow the euphoria to obscure that critique.


Will the success of Team GB's women prove to be a game changer?

One of the most positive outcomes of Team GB’s success has been the prominence of Women Athletes winning medals. Author of a new book on the Olympics Mark Perryman considers the likely long-term impact.

Beyond the pitch, track and ring: a guide to Olympian reading

With London 2012 drawing to a close, Mark Perryman rounds up the books which can help us to understand the long term significance of the Games.

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