Recapturing the spirit of ’45 for the 99%

Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to the late, great Bob Crow on Monday. With even his opponents gushing praise for a trade union leader who fought hard for his members, was resolute in his principles and above all brilliant at his job, it’s hard to imagine that scarcely more than a month ago […]

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On George Osborne, voting, and why Russell Brand is wrong

Another day, another round of government policies to be denounced. Today, of course, we had Osborne’s Autumn Statement, with the much-trailed plan to raise the State Pension age to 70 for young workers, and a cap on overall welfare spending (excluding pensions and Jobseekers’ Allowance). The justification for the former, of course, is that this […]

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The Evacuation of Meaning.

You may have heard recently that the Labour Party has rediscovered itself as the revolutionary vanguard ever ready to play dictatress to the proletarians of the UK. Unfortunately the slogan won’t be ‘Peace, Bread, Land’ exactly because Ed Miliband has pledged to freeze energy prices for 20 months, to protect the minimum wage, repeal the […]

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When Assad was ‘Our Bastard’…

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Reclaiming the ‘Lesser Evil’?

There’s a great anecdote recalled by Tariq Ali when David and Ed Miliband faced each other for the Labour leadership. Towards the 1992 election David Miliband was a speechwriter for Neil Kinnock. Around this time the old man phoned Tariq Ali and asked him if he had listened to Kinnock’s latest speech. Immediately without hesitation […]

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Miliband’s ‘Lesser Evil’

It is timely given that it was Ralph Miliband who predicted that Labour would always fail the working-class. He couldn’t have been more right. Yet the failures of Ed Miliband will be portrayed as the inevitable disaster of a leftward shift. To understand such a falsehood is to grapple with history. The Labour Party surrendered […]

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Goodbye, Mr Ahmadinejad

It’s good to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad finally out of office. It was a shame that the protest fallout of the last election didn’t succeed in ousting him. Instead the thugs of the Revolutionary Guard were deployed and the demonstrations were crushed. The emergence of Hassan Rouhani as the next President should not be understood in […]

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Can we stop talking about MPs’ salaries yet?

Perhaps the most depressing indictment of our profoundly messed-up political culture is the never-ending fixation with MPs’ expenses. Never mind what’s happening to the welfare state, the economy or the climate, the hot political issue of the moment – of pretty much every moment now – is who claimed what on expenses and how outraged […]

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More expenses bollocks.

“Malcolm Tucker: Is that your chair? Nicola Murray: Oh god, yeah. It’s cool, isn’t it? It’s got lumbar support. Malcolm Tucker: Bin it. People don’t like their politicians to be comfortable. They don’t like you having expenses, they don’t like you being paid, they’d rather you lived in a fucking cave.”  - From The Thick of It It […]

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In defence of (playing) politics

Ed Miliband accuses the Tories of playing politics with the tanker drivers’ strike. The Mail accuses Miliband of playing politics with the Olympics, because of the party’s funding by the unions (IIIE has already covered the ham-fisted idiocy that is the Tories’ attempts to paint the unions as undemocratic). Guardian commenters (again, let’s not go […]

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