Labour’s Naz Shah suspended

27 Apr

See my post of five days ago, after Malia Bouattia’s election as NUS President. Now right wing blogger Guido Fawkes is bragging – with some justification, more’s the pity – that he forced Labour to suspend Naz Shah, who last … Read More »

Privatising the NHS

27 Apr

My sweetie looks worried. There’s blood in my pee. Oh. And what did we eat yesterday? Er, beetroot. Right, and plenty of it. That’ll be forty-three pounds-ninety please. Plus VAT. Actually and seriously, these days we have to go to … Read More »

Hillsborough Inquest

27 Apr

Unlawfully killed. After twenty-seven years, and despite the legal bar for such a verdict being very high indeed, the families of the victims have the beginnings of justice. Some elements of the saga are tragic in their banality. A nasty, … Read More »

Hillary: the progressive choice?

24 Apr

When you’re young you’re thinking, ‘where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.  Gloria Steinem Hillary Clinton will always be there for you. And just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!  … Read More »

Anti-zionism is not antisemitism

22 Apr

Yet again an opponent of Israel’s repressive policies – indefensible to a growing number of once staunch defenders – is castigated as ‘antisemitic’. Now it’s the turn of Malia Bouattia, daughter of Algerian refugees and newly elected President of the … Read More »

Britain’s beautiful launderette

6 Apr

Guardian today: In many respects, Britain’s anti-money laundering regulations are tough, but … as Imran Khan, a leading criminal and human rights solicitor, says: “These rules were originally drawn up to deal with drug money, and most cases that reach … Read More »

48 years ago today …

16 Mar

March 16, 1968: seventy miles south of Danang, where US forces first landed in 1965 and where  with customary serendipity I’ve washed up, a lieutenant in his mid twenties led the First Platoon of Charlie Company into a village a … Read More »

Moonshine

11 Mar

“We have a saying in the north”, Sa tells me. “We let our young people go south to fight. So many never returned, and now we wonder why they went.” There’s a sheen to his boyish features. A dash too of … Read More »