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The spin doctors are at work

I am posting a comment I made on David Osler’s blog earlier today. It’s about the recent statements made both both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls followed by the response of some union leaders. To me the Labour leadership is making a serious mistake and it has the smell of their press Svengali Tom Baldwin [...]

A short defence of @hackneyabbott

Maybe Diane was a little thoughtless. However, racism doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it exists in application to dynamics of power. Anyone who spends 50 years as a black woman is going to have experienced a constant stream of active, passive, institutional and even well-meaning racism in that time as well as a whole load [...]

PCC backs Daily Mail over racist riot coverage

In October I made my first ever complaint to the Press Complaints Commission over a xenophobic piece in the Daily Mail blaming foreigners for the summer riots. I have just had the response from the PCC, which has backed the Daily Mail in saying the code was not breached. The ruling is below but my [...]

This is not Cameron and Murdoch

It should be stressed that Alexander Armstrong is not playing David Cameron and Michael Kitchen is not playing Rupert Murdoch. Have to say I did enjoy watching Hacks.

Where have all the workers gone…

Maybe not the most enthusiastic support from Glasman but encouraging for those of us who have been pointing out the lack of working class backgrounds in the PLP and our parliamentary candidates for a number years. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself agreeing with what John Reid was saying on Andrew Neil’s This Week [...]

Hug a Hoodie No More

I wonder where history will place the 2011 summer riots. Very high in the list of this year’s events in Britain I suspect. Will many historians go along with the British politicians’ claims of them not being political? They shouldn’t as we probably learned more about the attitudes of our political class than from anything [...]

I’m agreeing with Peter Oborne again!

Something’s changed. Is it me or Oborne? From his latest piece in the Telegraph it seems to be him. Quite rightly he points out that Thatcher is a divisive person who many, such as myself, dislike intensely. To give her a state funeral as Francis Maude is now discussing with the Royals is beyond the [...]

Is this the smoking gun?

We are often reminded that the cover-up can be worse than the initial crime. At is most extreme we saw the end of an American presidency with Richard Nixon. Today, instead of it being Nixon’s tapes we get James Murdoch’s emails. We have to remember that the younger Murdoch’s defense has been he didn’t know [...]

She’s a Good Hearted Woman

But she never complains of The bad times or the bad things he’s done She just talks about the good times they’ve had And all the good times to come Yes, there you go, Willie Nelson on a Labour blog. Yet I always wondered why Willie’s woman loves him in spite of his ways as [...]

What a wheeze?

‘Let’s shoot the strikers in front of their children.’ How could we fail to laugh at Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear humour? We will still be chuckling to ourselves when they sit down for Christmas dinner at Rebekah and Charlie Brooks’s house. There alongside David and Samantha Cameron, and Matthew Freud and Elizabeth Murdoch, will be [...]