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The Labour Party kills satire

by Andy Newman.

Johnny Cash famously spent a night in jail in Starkville Mississippi for picking flowers. The Labour Party has recently achieved a similar level of ludicrous overreaction by suspending the award winning Irish poet, Kevin Higgins, for writing a satirical poem. Kevin is a renowned artist, whose work is discussed in Justin Quinn’s Cambridge Introduction to […]

The banana republic mentality of the Labour NEC

by David Osland.

When was the last time a mass social democratic party anywhere in the world was formally forbidden to meet? The best answer I can come up with is 1973, in the wake of the military takeover in Chile. Yet such is the surreal situation in which the Labour Party now finds itself. This, not as […]

How can I vote for Jeremy Corbyn?

by James Elliott.

Tuesday’s NEC meeting which ruled Jeremy Corbyn would be on the ballot without needing to seek further nominations also made a string of rule changes to make the contest harder for him. Chief among these are raising the cost of being a ‘registered supporter’ from just £3 to £25, shutting out those who cannot afford to […]

Putting members in charge of the Party: are we up to it?

by David Pavett.

I remember a television programme about the death penalty many years ago in which the Governor of a US state (I can’t remember which) said that the death penalty was supported by the majority of voters and that therefore it required no further justification. That is one view of democratic power and voting: the rule […]

The idiocy of Jeremy Hunt

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The arrogance and incompetence of the government was always going to catch them out. And in the unnecessary fight they picked with the British Medical Association, the Tories find their cruel cluelessness paraded in headlines and news bulletins. The decision by Jeremy Hunt, the sometime health secretary and full-time gimp, to impose a new contract […]

Top ten sports books for the new year

by Mark Perryman.

Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football picks his favourite reads for the new sporting year Football’s European Championships featuring England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic plus the Rio OIympics will undoubtedly dominate the 2016 sporting summer while cycling’s World Track Cycling Championships coming to London in March will be a domestic highlight. But then every […]

Ex-Labour ex-MP Tom Harris raises the Confederate flag

by David Osland.

Sigmund Freud used the term ‘projection’ to describe what happens when human beings deny unpleasant impulses in themselves and attribute them to others instead. And to judge by the mindset of the Labour right at the moment, the cocaine-addled Viennese headshrink may have had a point. Corbyn wants to mount a ‘purge’, they repeatedly charge. […]

Andrew Fisher v the thought police

by David Osland.

OK OK, describing the Labour front bench as ‘the most abject collection of complete shite’ scarcely ranks among the more cogent critiques of social democracy known to the annals of political theory. Indeed, it’s not even possible to dress the words up as a bumbled attempt at blokey approbation. But to start booting party members […]

Corbymania and Momentum

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Not being totally on the ball, I missed last week’s announcement that supporters of Jeremy’s successful leadership bid had declared their own organisation: Momentum. And now I’m over my curmudgeonly curmudgeonness, I’m going to take this opportunity to welcome it as a good thing. It can go some way to addressing the “problem” of the […]

The state of the unions today

by Andy Newman.

There is no doubt that the election of a majority Conservative government in May was a considerable setback for working people. Under Ed Miliband, the Labour Party were proposing a number of positive reforms to employment law that would have improved rights at work, and tackled some of the more pernicious and exploitative aspects of […]

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