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 »

War and Peace – and Brexit

10 May

It was inevitable I guess. With the Brexit focus now on ‘defence’, the arguments on either side get sillier. Cameron says leaving would up the risk of war in Europe but we have to weigh this against his earlier insistence, … Read More »

Scotland and other matters

6 May

Yesterday’s elections give the Labour right little real ammo in its dirty war on Corbyn. The worst showing was in Scotland but that was (a) inevitable given SNP ascendance and (b) like that ascendance a product – we can validly … Read More »

Irrationality rules, got it?

29 Apr

Thinking people can go into a tailspin of despair when confronted with the stark truth they’ve overestimated the power of reason. Yesterday self righteousness, pack instinct, unthinking emotionalism, malice and rank opportunism swept reason aside in the Labour Party. Before … Read More »

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 »

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 »