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Tom London
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GUEST BLOG - GE 2017: Where to focus for the independent Leftie? by William Bolton
Didn’t expect this election now;   don’t think Labour should have voted for it without extracting some serious concessions from the Tories;   resent having my own plans for the next 6 weeks torn up by Theresa May for her own advantage;   think single member...

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GE 2017: Socialism - Corbyn, Attlee, Sanders, Orwell, Paine and Loach
The very term “Socialist” had been so thoroughly ridiculed and vilified for decades, that I would never have thought of describing myself as a Socialist at the time of the last General Election in May 2015. (Remember that election? It was when Cameron was s...

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GUEST BLOG A poem for our times - by Anon
11th september 2001 That defining moment when time begun We dont know what happened and what came before But from that day on continuous war. You're either with us or against us, that foolish attitude That provided no space, no room, no latitude To think de...

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Normalisation of hate and fascism
Did you follow what was being said by the politicians in the Dutch election this week? Here is what one of the candidates said about the Jews. He said he wanted to close all synagogues to ban all Jewish religious books to “de-Jew” Holland Actually I made th...

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Kensal and Kilburn Better 2017 - an attempt to provide some points of light.
W H Auden published a poem in October 1939 called 1 September 1939 - the date Germany invaded Poland and the world plunged into the horror of the Second World War. Here is the last verse. Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted eve...

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The Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn - a reply to Owen Jones
Owen Jones has written an article this week in the Guardian calling on Jeremy Corbyn to stand down. I take what Jones says seriously but I think he is wrong. Some may dismiss what Jones says by attacking the man and not the argument. Jones himself anticipat...

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Two lessons from Stoke and Copeland by-elections
UKIP lost but UKIP has won I spent the day in Stoke two weeks ago. If, like me, you have the sense that the world in 2017 bears deeply disturbing resemblances to the 1930s, then it seemed important to go to Stoke. It was being widely forecast that the UKIP ...

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Trump is a fascist; we should call him one
Nobody knows how the Trump presidency will end. How much grief and destruction will he wreak before then? And how will it end? By impeachment? At the ballot box? By stepping down after 8 years? Even - as has been suggested - by a bullet? Whatever the future...

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Make America great again - an idea playing on fear. Let America be America again - a poem offering hope.
Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America great again”. The America he seems to mean is a 1950s America, where straight white males were firmly in charge and gays, blacks, Muslims, women and other “minorities” knew their place. (And the world was div...

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GUEST POST Copeland and Stoke Central - make or break for Labour? By William Bolton
Right now everybody on the internet is understandably freaking out about Donald Trump, but I believe that all social democratic or left wing people in UK should worry more about the Copeland and Stoke Central by-elections on 23 February.   It is distinctly ...
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