Above: Lansman Jon Lansman should have known better: an instinctive democrat, he all too often finds himself dancing to the tune of people who prefer to manipulate and manoeuvre behind the scenes. It happened a couple of years ago when he acquiesced in the dismantling of Momentum's democratic structures, and it seems to have happened … Continue reading The Watson ‘coup’ and Lansman: a patsy for Murphy, McCluskey and Milne?
By Mike Zubrowski, Paul Vernadsky and Vicki Morris (writing in the latest Solidarity) Students in hundreds of locations across the UK will walk out on Friday 20 September on a global climate strike. Students in over 100 countries will be participating, and it looks likely to be the biggest yet. This time, prominent school strikers have … Continue reading Climate strike on Friday 20th September
Above: image posted by a Dempsey supporter: Dempsey has not disowned it. Background: Eddie Dempsey of the RMT was caught on film proclaiming to a “Full Brexit” rally on 26 March that “The one thing that unites [the people who turn out for Tommy Robinson demos] beyond whatever other bigotry that’s going on… is their hatred of the liberal left. … Continue reading Owen Jones hits back at Dempsey and the regressive ‘left’
This shameful (for Unite) case has been dragging on for several years. We covered it in some detail here. The latest stage was a liability/remedy hearing in July of this year. The judgement has just been published. The Sunday Times carried an article yesterday (unfortunately, behind their paywall). Quote from the article: The latest hearing centred on the role of … Continue reading Nailard -v- Unite latest: Murray guilty of ‘harassment’
Above: Taliban treatment of women By Bill Weinberg (at Countervortex) The utterly surreal news that Taliban leaders were invited to Camp David—a week before the 9-11 commemoration, no less!—will further fuel the perverse fantasy that Trump is a hippie pacifist. So it is almost comforting that the meeting was axed, and on the 9-11 commemoration in Washington, Trump was … Continue reading Trump-Taliban schmooze: don’t call it ‘peace’
Above: Scargill in better days I see Arthur Scargill has been wheeled out of semi-retirement from politics to speak at a meeting of the CPB's wretched little anti-EU front Leave Fight Transform (LeFT) in Brighton, alongside the foul Eddie Dempsey and other assorted xenophobes, nationalists and social conservatives. According to the Morning Star he said that "every single … Continue reading The tragedy of Arthur Scargill
Above: Trump congratulates Steve Bannon during the swearing-in of senior staff at the White House on Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) By Cathy Nugent ″The right has changed; it has embraced the ideas of its outliers″, argues Dave Renton at the start of The New Authoritarian, Convergence on the Right. By embracing the … Continue reading Convergence on the Right