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Strange but true: Joe Biden may be tougher on crime than Trump.

—————————————————————————————– The shooting of Jacob Blake, seven times in the back, by police in Kenosha Wisconsin in August was one of the most appalling acts of police violence ever recorded on video. The casualness with which officers used lethal force against a black man, who appeared to be offering little threat, was truly shocking.  Yet … Continue reading

Book Review: “Politically Homeless – how a love of politics turned into a nightmare” by Matt Forde, Quercus, £16.99.

Matt Forde is Donald Trump.  He is the voice of the POTUS on the revived Spitting Image TV show, now available on Britbox. As a mimic he’s rather good and he does a convincing Boris Johnson for the same show. He also fronts well-received political podcasts.  Forde is following a long tradition of disillusioned politicos … Continue reading

How governments learned to stop worrying and love debt. At least for now.

MODERN Monetary Theory sounds like a pretty boring module in a university economics course. In fact, it is becoming the leading economic theory on the left and has largely replaced Marxism for this generation of radicals. Advocates include Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the economist Stephanie Kelton and the Labour-supporting tax specialist Professor Richard Murphy. It … Continue reading

Like Alex Salmond, Jeremy Corbyn can’t be got rid of that easily.

  Supporters of the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are getting organised. Momentum managed to land a raft of his supporters onto Labour’s National Executive much to the chagrin of the new leader, Sir Keir Starmer. Corbyn has kept quiet, and the left are being ultra-cautious, but they haven’t gone away. There is a deep … Continue reading

Fully automated luxury communism – bring it on.

 “The Anxious Triumph – a global history of capitalism”, by Donald Sassoon, Allen Lane “Fully Automated Luxury Communism – a manifesto”, Aaron Bastani, Verso. ======================================================================= Following the Great Recession, the longest period of wage stagnation since the Napoleonic Wars (and now the Covid pandemic), people are wondering, not for the first time, if capitalism has … Continue reading

Already, the knives are out for Biden – the original Centrist Dad.

He’s past his best, which was never that great”. So opined Sir Kim Darroch, the former British Ambassador, last month about the man who will shortly become the 46th President of the United States. It’s fair to say that 77-year-old Joe Biden did not enter this race exuding dynamism and star quality. He looked like … Continue reading

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