Muslims “R” Us

Britons are far more divided over 9/11 than the rest of the world. A recent poll found that while 71 % of the population believe that al- Qaeda carried out the attacks, only 4 % of Muslims do so. Globally by comparison 39 % of all people and 21 % of Muslims buy the official story. Demonising the  Muslim community as an incubator of terrorism in the UK is clearly polarising opinion. Continue reading

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South Africa: cautionary tale

Charges of fraud against South Africa’s finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, have been dropped. No disgrace attaches. It’s largely accepted he’s been framed for trying to expose a web of cronyism and graft spun from President Jacob Zuma’s office. Support for the minister’s efforts to ‘clean-up’ government is growing. But so too is the recognition that capitalism without corruption is fantasy. Continue reading

Little Israel

Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of the Labour Party despite the efforts of his fellow MPs and a hostile media to bully him into submission. He has promised there will be no recriminations and called for party unity. His enemies  pretend to be mollified while getting a second wind and sharpening their daggers. Public life is cynical and seedy in Little Israel. Continue reading

On the road again

How swiftly taboos have been broken in Britain. In the space of a year banned ideas of socialism, revolution and radical state intervention in the economy have forced themselves into the public imagination and the media. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party,  has put full-employment back on the agenda and the political class and the academy cannot dodge the issue. Continue reading