Coronavirus: Stop Panic, Clean Hands, Open Hearts

I feel compelled to comment on the coronavirus outbreak and the associated panic which appears to be sweeping several parts of the world. It is clear the line between firm and fact-driven advice to best protect against the spread of the virus and concern about under responding with accusations of not doing enough is growing more difficult to negotiate each day. What is absolutely imperative is we collectively listen to those doctors, virologists and researchers who actually know what they are talking about, and not to stupid newspapers and pathetic pundits interested only in selling more papers and/or creating more […]

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MP Salary Increase Is a Disgrace – Overpaid and Pampered Charlatans

It has sneaked in under the radar but it deserves to be highlighted and condemned. As of 1st April the annual salary of MPs will rise from £79,468 to £81,932 per annum and their staffing budgets will increase by almost £22,000 a year. MP salaries in 2015 were £67,000. In the space of only five years and in the midst of tough and cruel austerity measures which have frozen state benefit levels and severely restricted public sector wages the annual salaries of British MPs have risen by a massive £15,000. In other words the wage increase for politicians at Westminster […]

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Morales Election Was Fair – US and International Bodies Deceived the World

Democratically re-elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was forced to flee his country for fear of assassination and to prevent widespread bloodshed in the wake of an election victory that returned him to office in the first round of balloting with a winning margin in excess of 10 percent. Right-wing elements in the army and security services with close ties to the United States of America refused to accept the democratic expression of the will of the Bolivian people and used violence against Morales supporters to force him from the country. In the army, in the repression that followed at […]

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Syria is a Sovereign Nation – Turkey Should Get Out

Last week the surreal nature of the Syrian war reached a new level of absurdity. Turkey lost soldiers in an air strike targeted at the terrorists in Idlib who were trying to recover the last stronghold of Daesh*. Apparently 33 Turkish soldiers who happened to be there died. In response the spokesman of the ruling AKP party, Omer Celik, sought NATO support and protection and allegedly floated the idea of invoking Article 5 of the NATO Charter which classifies an attack on one NATO Member as an attack on all NATO Members. Turning Syria Story on its Head Scratch your […]

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What Is Nationalism

In the run up to the 2014 Referendum those of us on the left, who campaigned for independence, were criticised by others claiming to be ‘on the left’ by saying that we were national socialists, comparing us with the fascists in Germany in the 1930’s. This showed a complete lack of understanding, not only of history but also nationalism and socialism in equal measure. I felt the need to be able to answer these lies, particularly with another referendum on the horizon. I did some research and came up with the following conclusions. What exactly is Nationalism? Simply put, it […]

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