TV situation comedy – a Tory secret weapon?

By Paul Halas A favourite saying amongst Tories, not least the late demented Margaret Thatcher, is that the Conservatives are the natural party of government in the UK. Simply in terms of incumbency that statement is just about correct: since the end of the Second World War, when regular TV schedules really began, the Tories […]

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Want to meet the Dalai Lama? Don’t bother.

By Adam Lickley 2017 did not end well for me. I was ‘let go’ from my job, my apartment was flooded, and I spent an uncomfortable night in hospital having my appendix removed. Life was on hold for a while, but within 2 short months, post-op boredom set in and I felt the urge once […]

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So you want to be a journalist?

by James Tweedie So you wanna be a journo, and why not? Well, here are a few good reasons to let the dream die. The pay is rotten For a white-collar job with its own university degree course, journalism pays peanuts. A reporter for one of the big national newspapers or TV stations will get […]

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Return the gold to Venezuela

by Francisco Dominguez On July 2nd 2020 British Judge Nigel Teare, with regard to a Central Bank of Venezuela litigation for 31 tons of gold entrusted to the Bank of England to be returned to the Venezuelan state, issued a verdict in favour of ‘interim president” Juan Guaidó. The real Venezuelan government has proposed that […]

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Norris McWhirter’s White Rabbit

By Phil Hall The first guided client to be ushered up the slopes of Chomolungma-Sagarmatha by Sherpa Tenzing was brave Sir Edmund. This was the day that the mountain was finally colonised. I wonder, did Sir Edmund Hillary pee on the summit to celebrate the moment? This happened in 1953 on 29th of May four […]

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So you want to be a comic strip writer

Story-writing for comics By Paul Halas It’s surprising how often I’ve been asked how one becomes a comic strip story-writer. My first reaction is usually to try to figure out if the person asking me is a, just being polite, b, gobsmacked that anyone should ever dream of entering such a bizarre profession, or c, […]

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Poet of Honour: Fiona Sampson

  March Lapwings       Now everythingbegins to moveand everything stayswhere it iseach ash treeand each hummockshifts againstitself eventhe grass shiftsand the electriclapwings crychange changebecause the commonmelts and flowseven the earthflows like thawingice how lostthe senses arein this disturbancehere it comesagain the newelectric crychange changeas it moves past us This poem is from Come […]

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Letters from Paul Robeson

Selected by Dominic Tweedie from: Paul Robeson Speaks: Writings, Speeches, Interviews, 1918-1974 Paul Robeson was a superstar in the USA in the 1930’s and 40’s despite the fact that he was African American. In 1915 he was twice an All American football star and while playing for the NFL got his law degree summa cum […]

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Fascism and Conspiracy

Modern conspiracy theory and the appeal of fascism and racism for the working class By Bryan Greetham In my first contribution to this discussion about fascism I examined the claim that fascism was a last ditch response to failing capitalism. Unlike that issue, there seems to be very little evidence to suggest that there is […]

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Cuban rebel soldiers in the Habana Hilton foyer, January, 1959

Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba … since 1959

Cuban culture vigorously celebrates its African-ness by Francisco Dominguez When in 1868, Cuban slave-owner Manuel de Céspedes embarked on a 10-year nationalist uprising against Spain, the colonial master, he did not imagine he would be building not only the political bases of an independent Cuba but also the ideological blocks of a new Cuban identity. […]

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New government, same old policies

by Eugene McCartan Image: new Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin, leader of the Fianna Fail party. SO, AFTER months of shadow-boxing and pretend negotiations, three parties—Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and the Green Party—have eventually tied the knot and will set up house together. They have been leading the public on a merry dance, in the pretence […]

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Fascism offered a return to pre-industrial society

National Socialism offered the lower middle class a way of side-stepping the choice between liberalism or socialism. It offered a return to traditional German values. By Bryan Greetham I wanted to take up the claim that fascism was a last ditch response to a failing capitalism, an attempt to rescue it. One powerful incentive to […]

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Stand up to Apartheid Israel, you Lily-livered Soft Leftists*

The moment has come for the soft left to develop a backbone and make a stand against reactionary, expansionist Zionism.   by Phil Hall and Naeem Ali Jundyeh LET’S be clear. It was the United States and British governments who were the powerful supporters of apartheid between 1948 and 1990. Those governments and the corporations […]

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