Brexit? Soros speaks

21 Jun

George Soros writing in the Guardian today: .. there are speculative forces in the markets much bigger and more powerful. And they will be eager to exploit any miscalculations by the British government or British voters. A vote for Brexit … Read More »

The case for not voting

20 Jun

At the time of Britain’s 2015 General Election I posted, here and here for instance, on alleged electoral apathy. More recently I’ve implicitly challenged, here and here, the notion of Clinton as ‘the lesser evil’ given Trump’s extraordinary campaign. A … Read More »

I sometimes fear …

17 Jun

After yesterday’s murder of Labour MP Jo Cox – for which a man linked to far right groups has been arrested – Margareta posted this on FB. By children’s writer Michael Rosen, it was his blogsite entry of May 18, … Read More »

Haaretz on the Tel Aviv bombing

10 Jun

Today’s editorial, verbatim, from Israeli liberal newspaper Haaretz … Only Solution to Palestinian Terrorism is the End of the Occupation In the wake of the deadly Tel Aviv attack, ministers voice empty bravado and call for collective punishment, thereby just … Read More »

Assad the tyrant?

23 May

This post also features on offGuardian – a much needed antidote to once liberal media. It’s also been translated into French, so je vous remercie, mes amis inconnus … * Retrospective, January 2019. I rarely re-read old posts and was apprehensive … Read More »

Privatise the world! Monetise it all!

20 May

Does anyone without a stake in Britain’s fire sales still believe privatisation is about efficiency or saving taxpayers’ money? Take the sale of student loans, a cornerstone of privatising higher education. The first sell-off, of the pre 1998 mortgage style … Read More »

Nakba: 68 years on

14 May

In 1948 some 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled; hundreds of Palestinian towns and villages were ethnically cleansed and destroyed. The refugees and their descendants are today divided between Jordan (2 million), Lebanon (427,057), Syria (477,700), the West Bank (788,108) … Read More »

Corbyn takes axe to Redwood

12 May

Free market purist John Redwood, so lacking in self awareness he actually stood to lead the tories just as they were reinventing themselves as the Nice Party After All  – giving Dodgy Dave’s faux blokishness a clear advantage  – taunts … Read More »

Golan Heights of impertinence

10 May

Thanks Geoff for alerting me to Israeli PM Netanyahu’s slap down of army deputy chief of staff Major-General Yair Golan – and to Golan’s boss, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, standing by his man. Last Thursday Golan likened “nauseating processes” within … Read More »