Take it to the limit

It’s been fashionable for the smart and smug to dump on Trump – much like the English sneered at the Afrikaaner under apartheid while dining at the same table. But the precariat should be encouraged by the election of a US president who threatens to expose the insanity of the system, spread misery and insecurity to the better classes and unveil capitalism as a feast of vultures. There is no downside to confronting reality. Continue reading

Cold-eyed revolution

‘Third World’ misery hardly gets a mention as insecurity in the West mounts. Neo-colonialism in the South is rationalised as an amoral and inevitable consequence of globalisation. Nothing’s unfair any more. Ironically Britain may prove to be the catalyst for change and widespread revolt. Continue reading

Plan B

Some years ago I shared a platform in the House of Commons with then Secretary for International Development, Clare Short. “Hold the fort, I’ll be back”, she said as she suddenly left to vote on a contentious motion. And so unable to address the remarks she had yet to make on helping poor Africans, I spoke about the genesis of Black Consciousness in South Africa. I suggested there was also a pressing need for psychological emancipation, for shrugging off deference in this class-ridden society. The response was polite. Continue reading

Referendum(2): It’s now or never

There is a persuasive view that for a broad section of the British population, especially the working class, a vote to leave the EU is a way of complaining about being short-changed by their rulers. In these heady days of zero-hours contracts the establishment appears to have forgotten that the natives -unlike recent immigrants – have been loyal to British imperialism for over a century. In short a Brexit vote is a reminder that an understanding has been breached. It is an appeal for more food parcels, not a menace to profit-taking. Continue reading