The age of treason

MPs in Westminster are treasonously colluding with a foreign power to undermine democracy in Britain. They are cheer-leading a campaign by the Israel lobby to vilify the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, as an anti-Semite. The aim is to prevent the election of a socialist prime minister supportive of Palestinian rights and to neutralise the BDS campaign against Israel. Continue reading

Last chance saloon

At the last general election in 2015 Britons got to choose which of the two major parties would administer austerity. In the snap election on June 8 they are expected to endorse smash and grab capitalism, intensified class war, devastation of the Global South, support for US imperialism and the launch of nuclear missiles on a ‘first-strike’ basis. Democracy in the west is now a template for extinction by consent. 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

Wild is the wind

The High Court in London will hand down a judgment of more than passing interest today. Mr Justice Foskett’s interpretation of a Labour Party rule will decide whether Jeremy Corbyn remains leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Westminster. Democracy hangs on the decision. The political elite – and the mainstream media – would like nothing better than to see the back of a man who threatens a comfortable consensus. 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

An uncivil war

South Africans decisively elected the African National Congress to  power in five elections since 1994 – only to be fleeced in return. For more than a generation the government in Westminster – irrespective of configuration – has shamefully serviced an elite bent on looting the nation. It’s been a good time for One Percent and Co but the winds of change are blowing, home and away. Continue reading

Breaking the silence

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition Labour Party in Britain will frustrate warmongers on both sides of the Atlantic. Just hours after he stormed to victory yesterday, Mr Corbyn – a socialist and chair of Stop the War Coalition – addressed crowds at the ‘Solidarity with Refugees’ rally in London.  He said war was not the answer to the ‘refugee crisis’ now enveloping Europe. Continue reading