Posts under ‘People’

The Royals and the Nazis

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Who wasn’t tickled by this front page? Well, The Palace, obviously. They said it’s “disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago… has been obtained and exploited“. Disappointing? How so? It’s not like anyone seriously believes the Queen has an attic full of Nazi regalia and goes to bed with a signed copy of Mein Kampf. […]

Remembering Charles Kennedy

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Turning on BBC News yesterday, I was thrown by the sad passing of Charles Kennedy. Not being a LibDem and living hundreds of miles from his constituency (as was), I never had occasion to bump into him in real life. Like most other political people the Charlie Kennedy I knew was the kindly presence on Have […]

Russell Brand urges you to vote Labour

by Newsdesk.

Part two of the Brand – Miliband interview is now out (you can see part one here). Complete with a previously un-released part of the previous interview (though it must be said that Ed struggles to get a word in through much of it), it includes an appeal by Brand for everyone to vote Labour – […]

The moral vacuity of Katie Hopkins

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Four years ago, I wrote about the functions of bigotry in the mass media, and the ever charming Melanie Phillips was my case study. Then, somewhat counter-intuitively, The Daily Mail made use of Mel to get the lefties in and boost their clicks per second average. Every idiocy that tripped off her keyboard was then, in […]

Why the Establishment loves Jeremy Clarkson

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Petrolheads everywhere, sob into your empty oil cans. For Top Gear is, as was, no more. The verdict couldn’t have been anything else. Whatever you might think about Jeremy Clarkson, which in my case is not a lot, it was impossible even for him to cling on to his job after a 20 minute tirade, […]

The meaning of Jeremy Clarkson

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC for an alleged “fracas” with a producer for Top Gear. Innocent until proven otherwise and all that, but it does come after years of nudge, nudge, wink, wink racism and associated vicious stupidity. Needless to say, I don’t particularly like him and avoid his shows like the plague. […]

Blair’s donations – dirty money, best refused

by Jon Lansman.

Tony Blair’s donation of £106,000 to Labour this week – divided between candidates in the party’s 106 designated target seats – doesn’t make him the party largest individual donor (there were seven individuals who gave more in 2014) but he is certainly the most controversial. Property tycoons like David Garrard (£629k), his late friend and former donor […]

Jack Straw is “mortified” to have been caught but completely lacking in remorse

by Jon Lansman.

A couple of terms in student politics after Uni, local councillor before that was even over, another couple of years doing something outside politics, candidate in an unwinnable seat, few years as a SpAd, couple of years in the media and then into parliament. He was a model for so many New Labour wannabes to come. […]

Poll: Blair & Mandelson lead the race to the bottom (in popularity of retired politicians)

by Jon Lansman.

Ten days ago, Tony Blair offered to do “what it takes to help Ed Miliband win general election“. Michael Meacher on this site said thanks but we’d be better off without it. Today, a poll carried out by YouGov for the Times confirmed that he’s right. Asked about a number of retired politicians, Tony Blair and Peter […]

Former chair of Labour executive defects to UKIP after deselection as councillor

by Jon Lansman.

Harriet Yeo who was Chair of the Labour Party from 2012 to 2013 has resigned from the party having been removed as leader of the small Labour group on Ashford council last week for non-attendance at council meetings and a failure to undertake council casework, and, on Monday night, deselected as a candidate for the 2015 local elections. […]

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