Our World, Not Just America, Needs Bernie Sanders

All of my adult life I have been a socialist who believes implacably in the inherent goodness, compassion and empathy which underlines and defines humanity. Of course darkness and evil lurks constantly and seeks to eclipse the kindness and care which makes life beautiful and sustainable but in that struggle between good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice it often takes courage, vision and stamina to stand up for the persecuted, the voiceless, the minority or the dispossessed. The powerful have everything going for them. They have the wealth, the social status, the authority, the corporate media platform. […]

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What the Queen Should Have Said – Boris You Are a Lying Clown

It was written by an unelected Prime Minister delivered by an unelected Monarch in a Chamber of unelected Lords surrounded by pathetic pomp and pageantry. It summed up acutely the state of British politics and the Tory party. All frills with no substance, plenty of soundbites but no principles, promises aplenty but without a shred of credibility. I’m talking of course about the Queen’s speech, or rather the lines written by Boris the Clown for the last Monarch of Britain to recite. The whole ceremony was an exercise in self-indulgent political flagellation on behalf of a man bereft of morals, […]

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Thatcher Stole Essential Industries – Time to Take Them Back

In every UK and Scottish election since 1997 I have helped to write socialist manifestos. Many of the policies which were dismissed as extreme or unrealistic by the grey suited middle class ‘mainstream’ have gone on to become ‘mainstream’ solutions to societal problems. Campaigning for re-nationalisation of the rail network and formerly publicly owned energy companies used to be dismissed as the politics of the past and unaffordable. Now these policies are at the heart of Corbyn’s Labour party and find favour within the SNP in Scotland. Public ownership is seen as the future not the past. When the useful […]

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Huge Indy March in Edinburgh – SNP Must Not Delay Calling IndyRef2

If a crowd in excess of two million had descended on London to demand a Brexit No-Deal or a new Brexit referendum it would have been afforded wall to wall coverage on the electronic media and copious newspaper front page headlines and inside analysis across the UK press. Yet an equivalent crowd braved the cold and heavy rain to march through the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday in support of Scottish independence and it hardly merited a mention in the British unionist media. Commentators who didn’t even bother to attend were wheeled out to pour scorn on the turnout by […]

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The Tories are the Party of the NHS? – LOL!

I listened to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s forty-five minute speech intently. I even paused it a couple of times to answer two phone calls. I didn’t want to miss anything. To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. If this was an after dinner speech you would be suggesting the booking agent be changed forthwith and the speaker’s fee withheld. He rambled and mumbled and threw out rhetorical questions that bombed like stink bombs in a lift. ‘We are a pro-European party’ he shouted, ‘we love Europe don’t we?’ he asked. The reaction in the hall of English nationalist […]

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