Smart thinking: shaping different futures

Certainties trap us in the past with what has been, under the assumption that the future will be like that too By Bryan Greetham In his book The Black Swan, Nassim Taleb asks us to imagine how little our understanding of the world in 1914 would have helped us guess what was about to happen. […]

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Meet Your Ruling Class.

The rich live in another Britain, a magical country, a Narnia, a Middle Earth, and they sneer at us for wanting to live there too. I’ve walked the Pennine Way as a boy, I’ve walked in Scotland and the South Downs and it always surprises me. There are so few trees. ‘They keep it that […]

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What has the EU ever done for us?

Most of the problems people have, which caused them to vote Leave, are created by our own governments and NOT the EU. By Wanda Lozinska, Wanda Lozinska, a stalwart of Stroud Labour Party and ardent Remainer on the left, responds to James Tweedie’s article: “Don’t Remain in Denial about Brexit” “The UK’s trade with non-EU […]

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Don’t Remain in Denial Over Brexit

James Tweedie, former International Editor of the Morning Star, argues strongly for a merry Brexit By James Tweedie Sunday December 13th proved unlucky for some as the Brexit can was kicked down the road yet again, dashing hopes of celebrating a merry Brex-mas before the 25th. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President […]

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Looking back at US participation in the Iraq War*

I was very curious to hear the opinions of former US army people working in the Middle East on the war in Iraq. By Phil Hall Colleagues of mine working in the Middle East had retrained as English teachers. One of them had been a prison guard in Guantanamo and one of them was a […]

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Escaping the Monkey Trap

By Bryan Greetham. We are busy producing a generation of the most sophisticated recyclers of received opinion In Robert Pirsig’s best-selling book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, he describes ‘the old South Indian Monkey Trap’, which consists of a coconut, which has been hollowed out and chained to a stake. Inside there is […]

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Labour – The end of the affair

Or, “I really think we need to take a break”. By Paul Halas After several months of running on empty I’ve finally decided to leave the Labour Party. It’s a wrench, to put it mildly. For the past few years the party has been very central to my life, occupying much of my time and […]

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Red and Blue October in the USA

We are alive in amazing times, and 2020 is a significant year, as significant as 1968 was in US history. Mineappolis protests – By Fibonacci Blue https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90686854 By Isaac Flanders Tasked with writing on the current situation in the US, it is tempting to merely itemize that country’s myriad underpinning flaws and state that any […]

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The Right are dominating public discourse – so why are they still so angry?

By Emil Blake It’s rare for politicians not to smile. Even the most insincere daren’t show anything but the warmth, comfort and confidence of a smile; the most sour-faced of politicos fake it until they make it. It’s government 101, it says ‘hey, I really do mean this.’ Weather-beaten by the political tempests and low […]

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UK Appeals Court Annuls Guaidó’s Seizure of Venezuelan Gold

By Francisco Dominguez The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) was right in appealing to the High Court’s ludicrous decision last July to grant US-sponsored Juan Guaidó, in his ‘capacity’ as self-proclaimed “interim president” of Venezuela, the right to retrieve 31 tons of gold (about £800 million) entrusted in custody to the Bank of England (BoE) […]

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Wilderness years for the Labour Left, by Paul Halas

By Paul Halas With the Labour Party once more appeasing the “Establishment”, can it still be home to left wingers? Like many, I’m one of those who has found the past year thoroughly dispiriting. Leaving aside Covid, these have been dark days for the left. Keir Starmer’s virtual opening speech at the virtual Labour Party […]

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Editorial, July 2020

In July we began the month with a powerful argument against Rebecca Long-Bailey’s dismissal by Richard House published by Paul Halas. It had a large number of other signatories. The article was widely read and then republished elsewhere. There is no question, but that it was read by key figures in the Labour Party who […]

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They drew the 20th Century

By Paul Halas Cartoons that were art. Growing up in a family that was immersed in the visual arts – chiefly in the form of animated films – it’s little wonder I had access to all kinds of books filled with the most wonderful illustrations. From children’s illustrated books, to old “Punch” almanacs, ditto New […]

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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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