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Review: Labour veteran, Tom Harris, and Cobynite, Liam Young, may loathe each other – but they’re not nearly as far apart as they think they are.

Ten Years in the Death of the Labour Party by Tom Harris. Biteback, £12.99 Rise – How Jeremy Corbyn Inspired the Young to Create a New Socialism by Liam Young, Simon and Schuster, £12.99 If you want to  to understand the turmoil in the British Labour Party, and why it matters for the future of … Continue reading

“Grandpa” Corbyn and the anti-personality cult that makes him politician of the year.

The cult of Corbyn has now reached the glossy heights of GQ – the men’s magazine formerly known as Gentleman’s Quarterly.   The editor, Dylan Jones, expressed frustration at Corbyn’s inept performance at the photoshoot for the Christmas edition.  The Labour leader had to be “pushed around like a grandpa at a Christmas family photo”, … Continue reading

Anti-semitism. How Corbyn was stitched up like a kipper.

HOWcould a life-long opponent of anti-semitism like Jeremy Corbyn end up being accused of condoning anti-semitism in the Labour Party? Well, the Commons Home Affairs committee doesn’t actually accuse him of that, but of failing to provide “adequate leadership” and creating a “safe space” for anti-semites,whatever that means. The home affairs committee says that the … Continue reading

21st Century Socialism is more Harold Wilson than Leon Trotsky.

T’S a new dawn of socialism, says Jeremy Corbyn. The S-word no longer needs to be whispered, according to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Indeed, it’s now being shouted from the rooftops, mostly by his enemies. The Daily Telegraph described Corbyn’s socialism as “a poisonous doctrine that has killed millions of innocents”. Seeing Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading

The “f***ing useless coup”. Labour must find a third way between Corbyn and PLP.

“AS plotters, they were f****** useless”, was shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s verdict on the conduct of the “moderate” Labour MPs who tried to organise what is now widely referred to as the #chickencoup against their leader Jeremy Corbyn. Such is the parliamentary language we are becoming used to in the social media age, but it’s … Continue reading

Corbyn’s right. Send the Trident nuclear warheads on a one way trip to Aldermaston.

DEUTSCHLAND ’83 on Channel 4 is a thoughtful Cold-War drama with a strain of black humour and a great period sound track. It follows a reluctant East German spy as he burrows through the Nato high command in the 1980s reporting on plans for a “pre-emptive” nuclear strike against the Warsaw Pact. American generals discuss … Continue reading

Corbyn is right on shoot-to-kill and Syria – and Labour MPs know it.

Forget Syria. The Paris attacks have ignited the most vicious civil war in the UK Labour Party’s history. Right-wingers in the parliamentary party (we’re supposed to call them “moderates” apparently) have been seizing any opportunity to damage their leader’s reputation over his reaction to the crisis. He is a bonkers pacifist, we’re told, who wants … Continue reading

Corbyn honeymoon is officially over – at least in Scotland.

Corbyn mania hit Brighton this week in the blazing heat. It was the sunrise of the New Politics: a new age of grass-roots radicalism, with the Labour conference sovereign, real debates, and an end to top down machine politics. Well in your dreams. Within 24 hour the old politics reestablished itself as the conference arrangements … Continue reading

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