NORTHERN IRELAND AFTER BREXIT WHERE SHOULD THE BORDER(S) BE? One curious thing about the sea border that has now been established within the UK between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is that no equivalent sea border has been established between the Republic of Ireland and mainland Europe. One might have thought that if the European … Continue reading Debate: Northern Ireland and Brexit
Part 8 What shall I do next? University or Bust? Problems with mass university education. Dave Gardner Why attending a university is not necessarily a good thing for every young person and why society needs to limit it. Roughly 50% of all 18 to 25 year olds go to university. There is a clear path, encouraged … Continue reading What shall I do next?
Pitiful The British parliament was recalled early on the 18th of August, 2021 to discuss what they saw as the crisis in Afghanistan, when it was more of a British crisis. This mother-of-parliaments practised its democracy as a colonial/imperialist pit—full of stinging scorpions and a hissing snakes who have missed their target. Dreary Kier anaconda Starmer arose from his log-like sleep, … Continue reading Scorpions
News in brief: the so-called “auto-expulsions” from the Labour Party We reprint a statement from the Bakers Union regarding the possible ‘auto-expulsion’ from the Labour Party of their president. BFAWU to recall Conference Sarah Woolley Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 Today the Labour Party has made a clear statement of intent in its aspiration to repair its … Continue reading ‘Auto-expulsions’ from the Labour Party
Gerry Adams writes: The expulsion of Ken Loach Two weeks ago my column focussed on the British Labour Party, and the approach of its current leader Keir Starmer toward Ireland. The internal decision making processes of that party and the leadership style of Mr. Starmer are obviously a matter for it and for him. My … Continue reading Ken Loach
Assange: the most important press freedom case of the 21st century Punishment by process is the US policy on Julian Assange, just as the failure he predicted in Afghanistan comes true, writes JOHN REES https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/assange-most-important-press-freedom-case-21st-century IN THE mirror-world which is the Julian Assange case, justice is neither transparent nor impartial. And it is certainly not … Continue reading Assange
Craig Murray — Parliament Notes 2 Craig Murray is now in prison – see Craig Murray's appeal bid fails over Alex Salmond trial blogs (BBC, 29 July 2021). His last blog before going into prison is Keeping Freedom aliveHe will not be able to post any while in prison. There is a Justice for Craig Murray Campaign and a Craig … Continue reading Craig Murray
Afghanistan — Parliament Notes 1 There is substantial agreement outside the left and outside the Labour Party that Britain’s attempts at ‘nation building’ through military intervention should be given up. For example Simon Jenkins: “How many times must it be drummed into British heads that the British empire is over? It is dead, finished, outdated, not … Continue reading Afghanistan
By Gwydion M. Williams Afghans – an Imaginary Democracy Afghanistan’s ‘Dogs of War’ Ideal Capitalist Democracies An Unauthorised Terrorist State? China Taking Control China to Curb the Rich? Trade War Shadow-Boxing Disobedient Poland Afghans – an Imaginary Democracy Afghanistan was never a democracy. It was barely even a state, after the destruction of the left-wing government … Continue reading Notes on the News
Labour has held on to the Batley & Spen parliamentary constituency with the slenderest of majorities. Labour got 13,296 votes while the Conservatives got 12,973 votes, giving Labour a 323 majority. George Galloway, whose main point in standing as a candidate for the Worker’s Party, was that the Labour Party under Keir Starmer no longer represented working people, … Continue reading Batley & Spen By-Election — Editorial II
The G7 conference in Cornwall ended on 13th June. The main purpose of the conference was to re-establish the US as the leader of the largest capitalist economies – US, Canada, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy. 30 years ago the US was the undisputed leader of the capitalist world and became the undisputed military superpower when the … Continue reading The Cornwall G7 Conference — Editorial 1
Opposition to the Tory attack on council housing By Eamon Dyas The Right to Buy policy instigated by legislation in 1980 became the foundation on which the housing policies of successive governments over the past 40-odd years have evolved. But it is important to understand that this did not happen because of any organic evolution … Continue reading Labour and the housing crisis – Part 4.
By Pete Whitelegg Back in February the Supreme Court made a landmark judgement concerning a case that had been wending its way through the British legal system for at least the last five years. The case, Royal Mencap Society Society vs. Tomlinson-Blake, addressed the issue as to whether sleepover shifts are subject to the National … Continue reading When work is not “actual” work
Dave Gardner Part 7 One way of getting a job is to work for someone who will employ you on the basis that you look as if you can do the job. This could come from a demonstration (eg repairing a bike for a bike repairer) or from a personal recommendation. These are also ways … Continue reading What am I going to do next? Young People and Unemployment.
Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (July, 2021) Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…” Michael Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org; FaceBook: Michael Murray London Contents: (1) Unite the Union’s 2021 election of a General Secretary to succeed Len McCluskey (2) Doing the numbers: importance of Unite election result for the Labour Party (3) Trade unionism and … Continue reading Unite Election — Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier