No Tory Brexit

Exciting news! The trade unions have declared their support for an anti-Brexit campaign. Even such a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn as Len McCluskey has thrown his support behind the move. It must mean that the Labour Party becomes an anti-Brexit party. A welcome change in direction.

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Signposts and weather vanes

Tony Benn said that in politics there are two types of strategies: signposts and weather vanes. Progressive parties should be signposts not weather vanes, he said. On the issue Brexit, however, the Labour Party’s position is like that of a weather vane, reacting to the popular opinion found in constituencies that traditionally vote Labour.

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Time to prepare a radical manifesto

It is difficult to explain how the BBC can present the local election results as punishing both major political parties. In theory these elections should reflect local problems, such as the erosion of green belts or attitudes to airport expansion. In practice, however, all parties treat such elections as an opportunity to pass judgement on

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Can there be any greater distortion of the news than The Sun’s headline “Corbyn snubs the Queen’’?

Can there be any greater distortion of the news than The Sun’s headline “Corbyn snubs the Queen’’? The facts are these: PM May invited Trump to a state visit to the UK. As a constitutional monarch, the Queen is obliged to host Trump’s visit. Corby did not snub the Queen by announcing he would not

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TRUElabour

There is only one centre left Party in Britain and that is TRUElabour.

Jeremy Corbyn may describe himself as a socialist and John MacDonnell, a Marxist but the policies they advocate are Social Democrat Keynesian economics. The grading between the right and left was distorted by an entirely outdated policy of unchecked reliance on free market economics. It was a doctrine rejected even by Tories in the 1930s…

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Antisemitism in the Labour movement: never was, never will be

The progressive employer, Arnold Weinstock, was subject to an antisemitic attack…

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Mistress of meaningless words

I am tired of hearing political declarations suffixed with meaningless phrases like “for the good of the nation” or “for the sake of future generations”.

The only way to test the validity of any political statement is to ask whether it is appropriate to conclude with these words: “for the many not the few”.

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