If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about about the so called Henry VIII Act it might be time to go back to basics. Our democracy is based on doctrine of “The Separation of powers”. The legislature make laws (Parliament) the executive implement laws (Ministers and their departments) and the judiciary interpret laws… Read More Henry VIII Act and The Rule of Law
Charlottesville shocked me. I know there are neo nazis in the US and many other countries including the UK but I was still shocked to see them out loud and proud walking the streets of a town in the US, wearing Nazi Regalia raising their arms shouting ‘seig heil’ and what is much worse, getting… Read More Charlottesville and you
The family recently convicted of keeping slaves for up to 26 years were all white. Jimmy Saville was white; Max, Clifford, white; Cyril Smith, white, Rolf Harris, white. Huge numbers of priests, you guessed it – white. There are also swirling allegations about former Prime Minister Ted Heath and Leon Brittan and other politicians, all… Read More Sarah Champion, grooming gangs and race
Former Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan described Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation programme as “selling off the family silver”. The argument in favour was that government run services were inefficient and introducing market competition would increase efficiency. So utilities like Gas water and electricity were privatised. However public utilities were monopolies and did not have any competition. Industry… Read More Privatisation isn’t working?
Like many people over the last few years I’ve been seething from my sofa, ranting online to anyone and everyone who will listen about the iniquities of the current political system. From the outrageous number of people who have died shortly after being deemed fit for work, to families existing on handouts from food… Read More Politically active: what’s stopping you?
Black and minority ethnic (BAME) pupils make up 27% of the school population but just 13% of teachers. Is this a problem and if yes what’s to be bone about it? I was asked to field questions from the public on the subject on BBC Radio Leeds the day the statistics were published. Many of… Read More Why so few black teachers?
The racism of some Tories is usually not very far from the surface, scratch them and out it pops. Anne Morris MP has apologised for her “woodpile” comment but the real issue is why she said it in the first place. It’s not as if she is the only one, eight other Tories have been… Read More Are Tories institutionally racist?
What do Jeremy Corbyn and Jacob Rees-Mogg have in common? They are both Ronseal politicians. In an age of spin and bluster where the word ‘politician’ has become a synonym for ‘liar’ and where treating the electorate with a contempt that would embarrass a village idiot has become the norm; they both stand out as… Read More What do Corbyn and Rees Mogg have in commom?
Seems like Conservative controlled Kensington and Chelsea are trying move to the beleaguered former residents of Grenfell Towers out of the borough? Could this have anything to do with the fact they they lost the parliamentary seat by just twenty votes at the last election? Rehousing poor potential Labour voters outside the borough could make… Read More Another Housing Scandal brewing?
When even Tory strategists are praising Momentum in the aftermath of the General Election you know they’re a force to be reckoned with. Despite increasingly desperate moves by the right of the Labour party to exclude them, they are the exemplar grass roots organisation for the digital age. As a (relatively) new member of both […]