The Labour Party – sifting through the wreckage

Will activism become a cottage industry? By Paul Halas The news that the selection process for prospective Labour candidates is to be changed to allow yet more Tories to represent the party will surprise no one. It is only the latest increment in Keir Starmer’s drive to make the party a safe place for venture […]

Continue Reading

A Conscientious Objector’s view of the War against Vietnam

By Thomas Gilbert First things first: I was never in Vietnam. I was a conscientious objector (CO). When I turned 18 years old, just graduated from high school, I received a letter from the draft board indicating that I had been given a draft status of 1-A. There were only three classifications: 1-A, a combatant, […]

Continue Reading
group of persons wearing yellow safety helmet during daytime

Why the Asian Century for China, may never arrive

By Tobias Devene When China Rules the World, China: The Emerging Superpower, How Economic Reform is creating a New Superpower, and China, the Remaking of the World Order. These are all titles of books about China and how it will rise, inevitably to be the next global superpower. The idea of China’s 21st century dominance […]

Continue Reading
airport

Out and About in the Fourth Estate With Steven Gilfillan

Critical Alert I have it on the best authority, Borak Yesenin’s in fact, that there was one presence ghosting through Felicity Brick’s news report that only he and a handful of others were able to recognise. Felicity as we know is multilingual – French and Italian added to her English – though that doesn’t necessarily […]

Continue Reading

Tick tock, tick tock . . .

. . . says the Doomsday clock Zombie Apocalypse, 25 th July 2021 By Gordon Liddle It looks as though the scientists who run the Doomsday Clock will be shaving another second off it sometime soon. The world is slowly going mad. Après Moi, Le Deluge. So, Parliament has broken up for the summer recess. […]

Continue Reading

Why do ordinary South Africans like Zuma? Isn’t he a bad guy?

Are you mystified? Well, allow me to enlighten you! We are watching ordinary South Africans riot as they see Jacob Zuma tried and sentenced to jail for corruption. If you live in the UK or in Europe or in the USA then your media cannot explain to you why this is happening. Why are people […]

Continue Reading

Include courses in Hygiene, Cleaning and Recycling in the Curriculum

This is a painful, personal and political subject that affects us all. By Phil Hall Cleaning can be enormously glamorous. It can also be one of the most important activities people can perform. If the rubbish people stop collecting rubbish, then it won’t be long before you start to weep. If the water supply stops, […]

Continue Reading

Is goodwill enough?

In Israel-Palestine people are ignoring government and reaching out to each other. By Howard Kaplan In the desert of hope where Palestinians continue to be brutally oppressed by the Israeli government and have their land and property taken away from them, in the spirit of rapprochement, the well know writer and progressive Zionist Howard Kaplan […]

Continue Reading

Irritating American spell checkers

Was Noah Webster right to try to rationalise the spelling of English? By Phil Hall How terribly irritating it is to be forced into a decades long struggle (35 years and counting) with US English spell checkers. Some programmes enable you to select a preference for British English, but others do not. I have wasted […]

Continue Reading

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Review by Jon Elsby Reviewers have been divided about the purpose of this book. Supporters of Donald Trump see it as an exercise in score-settling. Other Comey critics, not necessarily Republicans, are inclined to see it as an ego-trip – the former Director of the FBI seizing a final chance to take centre stage before […]

Continue Reading

We need a war against Capitalism.

Capitalism has declared war on the planet, on you! Zombie Apocalypse 13th July 2021 By Gordon Liddle Well, the football is over, and the drunk yobs have left Leicester Square and the young heroes have gone back to being abused on social media and by right-wing MPs including ministers and some journalists. The only good […]

Continue Reading

The 21st century: This is the age of the New Enlightenment

In a society based on love and mutual support, information will flow. By Phil Hall We need original thinkers. Everything is much more obvious than it is presented to you. What is happiness for a human? The absence of pain, security, membership of a community, love, self development and finally, a sense of spirituality. Chomsky […]

Continue Reading

What’s in a mistake?

Deliberating over errors By Phil Hall Look, we all have our voice. We all have our idiolect. There are a vast number of dialects, each with variations in their lexicon, grammar and pronunciation. It’s hard to pin down what’s a mistake and what isn’t. We have subsets of speech for different professions – jargon. Different […]

Continue Reading

Scientism against the UFOs

It’s a failure of the imagination. By Phil Hall The US military defense establishment has now admitted that UFOs are real. Let that sink in. Did the penny drop? Scientists can and must try to explain the phenomenon of UFOs, not simply attempt to debunk it. It has become crystal clear now that some UFOs […]

Continue Reading

EDITORIAL: Ars Notoria is a stone in the water …

… and we are going to make a splash! * It is fun to throw a stone into a pond and watch the ripples; to post an article on the Internet and then to see echoes of it later on – usually without any attribution. People find out about the subjects that interest them through […]

Continue Reading

Cannibal Capitalism ends up by eating itself

We live on the only Paradise humans will ever know. It reduces down to one strike and you’re out. Life here is as far as we know the only life there is. We haven’t even begun to understand it. We have barely begun to understand, we don’t understand it, yet we are at ad hock war with every other life form, organic or inorganic, the very mix that sustains us, driven by greed and ignorance. I suggest we turn our gaze to those who rule and subdue us. They are the enemy at the gates.

Continue Reading

Bumping up against the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s

The Conservatives in the 80s were not just privatisers, they didn’t just open the gates of hell when they deregulated the City – attracting all the money into it that might otherwise have gone into British manufacturing – the Conservatives were actually supporters of the Apartheid regime and they believed that all socialists and communists were “ the enemy within”.

Young Tories in those days, (Cameron and Johnson were too young to be among them) made T-Shirts about Nelson Mandela stamped with the sentence: “Hang the terrorist.” This was the age when Britain didn’t just coattail on US wars in the hope of getting thrown a few scraps and scrag ends – resources and a little strategic advantage; it was a time when when the Conservatives actually turned Britain into ground zero for a potential WWIII.

Continue Reading

Keir Starmer: The Decline of the Dork Knight

Since, incredibly, losing Hartlepool to the Tories, Starmer has been engaged in a balletic act of shadow-boxing against a leadership challenger who doesn’t exist. A recent poll found that Labour voters overwhelmingly want Starmer to go before the next election, but most have no idea who will replace him. In other words, they’re so keen to be rid of him hat they don’t care that there’s no obvious successor.

Continue Reading

a socialist at number 10…

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.

Continue Reading

The case for a coalition of the progressive left

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.

Continue Reading
%d bloggers like this: