Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?
Politics / UK / World

Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?

On Thursday, President Donald Trump authorised a military strike on a Syrian government base, with the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from US naval boats in the Mediterranean Sea marking the official entry of the United States into yet another quite likely intractable war with a Middle Eastern state. The response of the American mainstream … Continue reading

Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?
Culture / Politics / UK

Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?

John Lydon, the once-rebellious ex-singer of the once-subversive punk band the Sex Pistols, appeared on the breakfast show Good Morning Britain on Monday. Lydon took the opportunity to inform Susanna Reid, Piers Morgan and the breakfast TV watchers of Britain of his opinions on Brexit, the “fantastic” Nigel Farage and the “political Sex Pistol” and … Continue reading

Man threatening to leave Scotland after second independence vote, “probably won’t”
Blog Roll / Politics / UK

Man threatening to leave Scotland after second independence vote, “probably won’t”

John Gallagher, an IT consultant from Livingston, has brazenly declared to his work colleagues that if Scotland goes independent he is “out of here pal!”. He made the empty promise shortly after Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, announced her commitment to a second Scottish Independence referendum following the UK’s vote to leave the EU … Continue reading

*FAKE NEWS* Exultant masses rejoice at Blair’s political return
Blog Roll / Politics / UK

*FAKE NEWS* Exultant masses rejoice at Blair’s political return

Ordinary people from every corner of the country flocked to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s comeback speech last Friday morning at Bloomberg in London. Though a diverse bunch, the gathered crowd were united in their fervent admiration for Blair’s inspiring political vision, as well as in their awe of the Blair government’s monumental and era-defining accomplishments. … Continue reading

TV Review | Question Time, 19/01/2017
Culture / Politics / TV / UK

TV Review | Question Time, 19/01/2017

One doesn’t tend to learn much about one’s political beliefs when watching Question Time these days. Any ‘discussion’ which takes place between the panel, moderated by David Dimbleby, usually descends into ill-tempered one-upmanship and soundbite spouting, with little room for thoughtfulness or any genuine insight from either guests or audience members. For those of us … Continue reading

‘Charity’ doesn’t end at Home: Justifying Development Spending in the ‘Age of Austerity’
Politics / UK

‘Charity’ doesn’t end at Home: Justifying Development Spending in the ‘Age of Austerity’

I am scrolling down the cesspool that is the comments section of the Daily Mail’s latest article in a crusade for the abolition of the UK’s Foreign Aid budget. It is a campaign that is gaining traction, which recently culminated in a petition signed by over a quarter million people. Then inventively they drop the … Continue reading