Democracy on trial in Madrid

Labour Party member and author, John Payne, discusses the significance of next month's trials of Catalan leaders in Madrid. February 2019 sees the start of sensational political trials in Madrid. The accused are members of the Catalan regional government and leaders from civil society, who organised an independence referendum in 2017. They have been in …

Armistice Day

Today at 11:00am as in most towns up and down Britain there was a service at the Memorial Theatre in Frome to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The service was solemn, dignified and well attended, the front of the theatre festooned in red poppies. A day, perhaps, to …

Media Bias? – the continuing debate

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luhjSbxLxpw   My mate Steve keeps up with the news. He is in fact an avid devourer of print media. Yet when I mentioned this week's report from the Media Reform Coalition he seemed not to know about it. Funny that. I wouldn't be surprised if most people were similarly in the dark. The Media …

That was Conference – success for Corbyn’s team?

Labour Party Conference 2018 Liverpool

I think it is fair to say that I, along with many other Corbyn supporting Labour members, was looking toward to conference with a certain amount of trepidation. There were rumours of a planned assault on conference by the right wing of the party, there was concern over the NEC's apparent fudge over 'open selections', …

Where’s the Outrage?

On and on it has dragged! Labour's never ending "anti-semitism crisis". How many years now? It has, of course, reached fever pitch over this summer with Dame Margaret Hodge appearing to be self-appointed 'hectorer-in-chief', leading the chorus which seeks to persuade us all that Labour is drowning in Anti-Semitic bile. All the while, a bemused …

How despicable is Chuka Umunna?

In the latest example of a member of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) demonstrating absolute contempt for ordinary members, Chuka Umunna described us as "dogs". Joan Ryan , MP for Enfield North and chair of Labour Friends of Israel,  this week suffered a vote of no confidence which she ascribed to "Trots, Stalinists, Communists and …

Write to David Warburton to support the Palestinian cause

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised a briefing session for MPs to take place on 11th September. They say this about the current situation: "The crisis in Gaza has not disappeared. Since weekly peaceful protests began on the 30th March 2017, Israel have killed at least 166 Palestinians and wounded a further 18,000. Despite the …

As Northamptonshire County Council gets set to offer the bare minimum of services – what lessons for county councils around the country? Dave Clark warns us that alarm bells should be ringing

Turkeys do vote for Christmas. Some attentive news watchers, if able to get beyond the relentless attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and Labour over ‘anti-semitism’, will have noticed the reports in the press of the travails and troubles facing Northamptonshire County Council.   County Councils provide vital services to local residents including education, waste disposal and …