Is “our” culture in peril? By Paul Halas The right wing press doesn’t pull its punches: an army […]
ARE WE A NATION BEYOND CARING? By Paul Halas They partied and broke their own rules; they’ve been […]
Will activism become a cottage industry? By Paul Halas The news that the selection process for prospective Labour […]
Is there a place for angling in the 21st Century? By Paul Halas I’m going to declare an […]
How would the grandees of the Civil Service, the heads of industry, the aristocracy, the media, Global big business, the military, MI5, the CIA, shadowy organisations such as the Ditchley Group, the dark money brokers, the Trilateral Commission, the City, the Chipping Norton Set, the hedge funds, the oligarchs, and all the other unelected holders of power react to a socialist UK? They have an absolute belief in their entitlement, something akin to the divine right of kings – democracy be buggered.
French cuisine ain’t as good as it used to be. The rot set in well before Chirac made his famous remarks, and seems to be accelerating. As someone who has visited and stayed in France frequently over the decades, I chart this decline with great sadness. French cuisine has always been celebrated for its excellence and variety, and has been inextricably a big part of my seventy year bout of Francophilia.
But communities helping themselves, breaking free from corporate tyranny, building sustainable, more localised economies, getting representatives who actually represent them rather than vested interests – now that should be one hell of a draw.
A coalition of the left might achieve that. But if Labour is ever to be reborn, it will have to shed the centrist dead wood and learn to live with like-minded progressive groups. Ditch first past the post. Cooperate.
Everyday natural wonders. By Paul Halas ON THE TOWPATH of the Stroudwater Canal a curious woman stopped and […]
If not Labour, then who? In football you write off teams that miss open goal after open goal, […]
The Peace and Justice Project could kick-start the renaissance of the left. The end of Jeremy Corbyn’s tenure […]
Bandes dessinees (comics) – the French do it so much better. Most of my working life was spent […]
Most of the problems people have, which caused them to vote Leave, are created by our own governments […]
THE SAD PLIGHT OF OUR RIVERS I have little time for The Guardian these days, but when it […]
Or, “I really think we need to take a break”. By Paul Halas After several months of running […]
The birth of a genre, French noir 1930 – 1960 When thinking of “film noir” the names that […]
By Paul Halas With the Labour Party once more appeasing the “Establishment”, can it still be home to […]
By Paul Halas Cartoons that were art. Growing up in a family that was immersed in the visual […]
By Paul Halas A favourite saying amongst Tories, not least the late demented Margaret Thatcher, is that the […]
Story-writing for comics By Paul Halas It’s surprising how often I’ve been asked how one becomes a comic […]
There was no antisemitism: the troubling case of Peake, Starmer and Long Bailey By Richard House, Abdul-Karim Al-Malahi, […]