I am a socialist, and I think it’s important to be clear what socialism is and what socialism is not. Socialism is about radical democracy in our economy – it is about ordinary people, the working class, exerting direct democratic control over our workplaces and our society more broadly. Socialism is the antithesis of dictatorship (no matter how many dictatorships tried to lay claim to it), and it is also not just about having a welfare state under capitalism, much less “socialism is if a government spends money on anything”.

I consider “communism”, in the Marxist sense, to be basically synonymous with “socialism” (again, regardless of how the word has been distorted) and I also feel that anarchism fundamentally has the same end goal, and its differences with socialism are more about strategy and short- to medium-term priorities.