In September last year Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour Party by a huge and unexpected landslide. He received 59.5% of first preference votes, winning in the first round. His Blairite opponent Liz Kendall obtained just 4.5% and came [...]Read more
Category "January 2016"
What will be left of Syria this time next year? Already so many of its people have fled or have been slaughtered. Already its infrastructure, its treasures and wealth have been obliterated. Fighting over the rubble in Aleppo, Dara’a and [...]Read more
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn emerged as a potential victor in the election for the leadership of the Labour Party, I have argued that socialists have a duty to orientate towards the Labour Party. The alternative is to stand aside from [...]Read more
A well-known aphorism holds that in government, a politician wakes up each morning and decides what they are going to do; in opposition, they wake up each morning and decide what they are going to say. Normally, of course, pronouncements [...]Read more
“a situation is created which makes all turning back impossible, and the conditions themselves call out: Here is the rose, here dance!” Marx, 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte Prior to the rise of the Corbyn and the movement around him, the [...]Read more
I have been a fan of Doctor Who since the first episode, throughout that time I do not recall a more obvious political allegory than the recent 'Zygon Invasion/Zygon Inversion' two-parter. The story (fans can skip two paragraphs) begins with the [...]Read more
Is there for honest PovertyThat hings his head, an' a' that;The coward slave-we pass him by,We dare be poor for a' that!For a' that, an' a' that.Our toils obscure an' a' that,The rank is but the guinea's stamp,The Man's the [...]Read more