Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

Above: Doug Nichols pontificates - perhaps about what a splendid job Johnson's doing "Yes this does break international law, but in a very specific and limited way" You'd have thought, wouldn't you, that thanks to Brandon Lewis there can be no argument about the legality of the move to amend the Irish protocol of the … Continue reading Johnson’s ‘Left Wing’ defender

“The Jewish World Conspiracy”: Hungary’s infectious disease?

* Previously posted at Harry's Place: One of the unpleasant duties of a journalist covering Hungarian affairs is to review pro-government newspapers. This is not an edifying task. Nowadays many of them refer to the “Jewish World Conspiracy” allegedly inspired by George Soros. A few days ago, I picked up the weekly “Pesti srácok” and … Continue reading “The Jewish World Conspiracy”: Hungary’s infectious disease?

Kate Hoey and Claire Fox to the House of Lords – Johnson rewards his Brexiteer chums

From Tendance Coatesy By Andrew Coates Kate Hoey and Claire Fox in the House of Lords: Two Old Marxist Comrades Take the Ermine. Bless You Your Ladyships! Claire Fox and Kate Hoey amongst Brexiteers to receive peerages Kate Hoey (who claims to have been in the International Marxist Group) and Claire Fox (who definitely was a … Continue reading Kate Hoey and Claire Fox to the House of Lords – Johnson rewards his Brexiteer chums

Poland: “Expect a fightback”

Above: Ana Oppenheim with mural of Rosa Luxemburg . Andrzej Duda of the radical right Law and Justice party has been re-elected as Poland’s president, defeating the liberal conservative opposition’s candidate Rafał Trzaskowski 51%-49% in the second round. Ana Oppenheim spoke to Sacha Ismail about the election and struggles in Poland. Ana is a Polish-born … Continue reading Poland: “Expect a fightback”

US Presidential election: “The result in November could draw a line under one of the most divisive, confrontational and racist presidents ever”

From Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate (yesterday): https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2020/07/26/100-days-and-counting/ The next 100 days in the lead-up to the US Presidential elections are going to be unpredictable and volatile, warns Nick Lowles. In exactly 100 days Americans go to the polls to choose their next President. The outcome will have huge political, economic and cultural consequences … Continue reading US Presidential election: “The result in November could draw a line under one of the most divisive, confrontational and racist presidents ever”

Backlash of the racist right

Above: Farage's extraordinary performance on Good Morning Britain  By Dave K The Backlash has begun. The British far right has in a few days thrown over their 20-year strategy of trying to play down their anti-black racism. They'd focused their fire on Muslims and Eastern European migrants, using slogans that focused on identity or Christian … Continue reading Backlash of the racist right

Cummings, in a nutshell

Above: Cummings legs it from Downing Street, 27 March (Sky News) So it's clear that Cummings will survive: Johnson is simply to scared to sack him (as the brilliant Marina explains: Anyone who imagines his defence of Cummings is born of loyalty is unfamiliar with the concept “Boris Johnson”. This is actually a simple story: … Continue reading Cummings, in a nutshell

The grovelling “anti-elitist” poseurs at the service of Cummings and Johnson

Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Whether or not Cummings survives the exposure of his blatant breech of the government's lockdown rules (and, possibly, the law), remains to be seen. Whether Johnson's incoherent but adamant defence of his svengali will enable him to "Trump it out" with the orchestrated cry "time to move on", also remains to … Continue reading The grovelling “anti-elitist” poseurs at the service of Cummings and Johnson

Cornavirus “sceptics” and Brexiteers – the same bunch of shysters and fanatics

 An anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine, anti-5G protest in London, on 2 May 2020. Photograph: Matt Dunham/APIt is increasingly noticeable that the most fervent of the anti-lockdown and anti-social distancing fanatics in the UK are invariably Brexiteers. The posturing buffoons, little-Englanders and racists on the Tory backbenches urge Johnson to speed up the lifting of the lockdown while swivel-eyed … Continue reading Cornavirus “sceptics” and Brexiteers – the same bunch of shysters and fanatics

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