The French car industry and “ecological transition”

Above: Renault production line Wednesday's Morning Star carried an interesting editorial about state assistance for companies hit by coronavirus and the lockdown: Private firms are quite happy to take state handouts but do not conclude this comes with any obligations to society in return - a situation reminiscent of the fallout from the bankers' crash … Continue reading The French car industry and “ecological transition”

The ‘patriotic’ Morning Star – still lying about the pact after all these years

Above: The Daily Worker (23rd August, 1939) hails the Stalin-Hitler pact Today's edition of the Communist Party of Britain's Morning Star is ultra-patriotic. CPB general secretary Robert Griffiths has a lengthy piece headed: "The internationalism and patriotism of all those who fought fascism in the 1920's, 1930's and yes, WWII should be celebrated -- socialists … Continue reading The ‘patriotic’ Morning Star – still lying about the pact after all these years

Honour the heroes of 1945 – reject nationalism

Above: veterans say their regretful farewells to the EU George Orwell famously distinguished between patriotism and nationalism: Both words are normally used in so vague a way that any definition is liable to be challenged, but one must draw a distinction between them, since two different and even opposing ideas are involved. By 'patriotism' I … Continue reading Honour the heroes of 1945 – reject nationalism

Tory web of lies over EU procurement scheme

Above: Hancock, bare-faced liar As the lack of PPE in hospitals and care homes grows ever more desperate, the wretched health secretary, Matt 'Handjob' Hancock has attempted - unconvincingly  - to deny the account of a senior civil servant that ministers made a ‘political decision’ to opt out of an EU scheme to bulk-buy ventilators … Continue reading Tory web of lies over EU procurement scheme

PPE crisis: Brexit dogma is costing lives right now!

Cartoon: Martin Rowson/the Guardian As hapless Health Secretary Matt "Handjob" Hancock blames first NHS medics and then clinicians for the desperate shortage of PPE and hospitals come within hours of running out and NHS bosses ask doctors and nurses to work without full-length gowns and/or re-use single-use PPE, remember this (from the Guardian, 14 April): … Continue reading PPE crisis: Brexit dogma is costing lives right now!

‘Socialist Resistance’ on the disastrous election result

A well-researched and basically sound analysis from Socialist Resistance, though some of us here at Shiraz wouldn't agree with their support for Rebecca Long Bailey and Richard Burgon: What happened? Like many others on the left, we got the election result seriously wrong. Most thought a hung Parliament or even a Labour minority government was … Continue reading ‘Socialist Resistance’ on the disastrous election result

Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left

A personal view from Andrew Coates (first published at his blog, Tendance Coatesy): “Newly dominant reactionary forces call for the undermining trade pacts and presaging trade wars, denouncing supranational institutions and cosmopolitan elites, while stoking the flames of racism and violence against migrants. Even some on the left, some herald a renewed national sovereignty to … Continue reading Brexit day, the Labour Party and the Left