After I’d written some bits and pieces about the relationship between electoral politics and emancipatory social movements I came across Hilary Wainwright’s article for the Transnational Institute. In it she explores some of the lessons that can be learned from Syriza, from Porto Alegre, and from London’s GLC. I strongly recommend that those on the left in Britain who are thinking about what approach to take to Parliamentary politics read it. We don’t have a Syriza in this country, as yet. But we do have the beginnings of a social movement that could sustain a Syriza-like coalition that rejects the current consensus on political economy. If we are serious about creating such a coalition, Wainwright’s work and ideas will prove hugely valuable.