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Proud to betray the Daily Mail’s “will of the people”

On the second anniversary of the UK’s greatest day of shame, I shall be doing something I haven’t done for decades – taking part in a political march to Parliament. That I am joining the “March for a People’s Vote” is a far from perfect representation of my views on Brexit. For one thing, if

Found out by Captain Ska, but "meet the new boss...same as the old boss"

GE2017 – Democratic renewal or a further indicator of the UK failing state?

The terminal decline of representative democracy has been a theme of this blog for  a couple of years. Does the 2017 General Election (GE2017) and its unfolding aftermath change this at all? On the face of it, voters have managed to give a considerable rebuff to an arrogant Governing party who had wilfully misinterpreted a

We desperately need a new narrative for 2017...

The plot against Europe: Part Three – The fightback

Probably the least convincing part of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is the denouement. Lindbergh’s widow appeals for a turn away from KKK-led violence; Roosevelt is reelected; equilibrium (and the ‘American way’) is restored. In the epilogue, it is explained quite plausibly that it was a Nazi plot all along. I await Mrs Trump’s corresponding

Cohen left us with 'you want it darker?' but we need to create new hallelujah's

The US/UK plot against Europe: Part Two – ’you want it darker?’

  On October 21st 2016, Leonard Cohen released his last album – ‘You want it darker’. He passed away on November 7th, a day before Trump’s extreme kind of darkness descended on the US. ‘You want it darker’ reconfirms his 1992 analysis of the US as a laboratory where confrontations between race, class, gender, sexual

What is the ‘Sunderland question’? And how might the May Government and local leadership teams answer it?

I can’t help thinking that Sunderland’s pace of counting votes will henceforth come to be seen as a massive millstone around this proud city’s neck. As Sunderland delivered its BREXIT referendum victory shortly after the polls closed on June 23rd, a first highly symbolic indicator of the national BREXIT upset became apparent.   Over subsequent