Opposing Israeli Brutality Against Palestinians Makes You Human Not Anti-Semitic

  Writing columns often involves difficult choices. What you write about reflects your opinions and priorities. Every time I sit down at my laptop to construct a column I agonise over what to write about from a huge list of worthy topics and current affairs issues. Today I simply cannot ignore the corrosive effect of the very powerful and well financed pro-Israel lobby which is at the heart of the concerted campaigns of vilification against Jeremy Corbyn over the last four years and is responsible for the ridiculous association of Corbyn and socialists within the Labour Party with anti-Semitism. Every newspaper, news bulletin, political TV show and newspaper review segment […]

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They Think They are the Magnificent Seven – They are Actually the Tawdry Seven

The 1960 film ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was apparently based on the true story which formed the basis of the 1954 Japanese movie the ‘Seven Samurai’. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was in fact a Hollywood re-make of that film and was full of heroism, self-sacrifice and human integrity. I loved it. Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner were immense. Yesterday I watched the polar opposite of all those virtues when ‘The Tawdry Seven’ walked into a pre-arranged press conference in London full of giggles and self-importance to denounce the very political party they had been elected to represent less than 24 months ago. Seven individuals who would struggle to be recognised […]

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LIES, DAMNED LIES AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA – DON’T BE FOOLED

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled” (Mark Twain) Not for the first time I reached for my Mark Twain book of quotes while I considered the thrust of what I wanted to convey in this column. The truth is what I want to say justifies a book or two rather than a single opinion piece and many others have explained the reality of the issue I want to rage about better than me. From John Pilger to Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk to Seymour Hersh I implore those of you interested in the […]

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Universal Credit is a Scandal of Criminal Proportions – Iain Duncan Smith Should be Prosecuted

  Yesterday in the den of dishonesty and inequity which serves us the British seat of democracy a Tory Minister almost caused the roof to cave in. Against all the guidelines and memos on Ministerial behaviour from the Civil Service high heid yins Amber Rudd in Parliament was forced to utter words of truth in response to consistent questioning and pressure from opposition MP’s to admit that the disastrous Universal Credit scheme has caused massive increases in the use of food banks among the victims of the Universal Credit rollout. After a year of deceitful and dishonest denials from previous […]

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Whose Side Are You On – Trump or Maduro? Darkness or Democracy?

  Politics is about taking sides. Those who seek to sit on fences in the midst of important political struggles and events end up with nothing more than cowardly reputations and very sore arses. In respect of the current Trump inspired and organised attempted coup de’etat in Venezuela it is illegal under international law, illegitimate under any democratic measure and immoral politically. Trump represents darkness. Maduro represents democracy. Venezuela is a democratic country with a highly motivated electorate empowered by the Chavista movement from 1998 against the powerful and very rich elites in Venezuela who for several decades had ran […]

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