July 2019 updates

Problems 35Balfour on Cobden and Progress now on this site.  Also available as a PDF, Problems 35 – Balfour on Cobden and Progress

Latest update.  July Editorial: Boris Johnson: A Fearful Choice.

From May 2019: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.  Also Notes on the News: Boeing, Going, Gone?, Huawei – Panic Over Better Products, Climate Change as Negligent Genocide, Saddam’s Ghost in Sri Lanka, Farm Poverty, Don’t worry, it’s only an earthquake, What Should We Fear?, Ukraine Opts for a Jewish Joke
Also everything for July 2018:
Editorial: Funding the NHS (the sudden discovery of a ‘Magic Money Tree); Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Letter from New Zealand; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Review of Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’; Poems: The Sad Sands of Rafah (a sonnet); Another Death Another Shekel; Fear.
Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 289 – July / August 2018

Advertisements

Labour Affairs – June 2019 Updates

Latest update.  June Editorial: May as Victim of Brexit.

From April 2019: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.  Also Notes on the News: Climate – A Witch’s Brew; Britain: Mild Warmth and Gross Inaction; Zionism – All Loyal Jews Must Join a Sinking Ship; Snippets; Reform and Perish!; Boeing’s Nose-Dive; Brexit.

Also everything for June 2018: Editorial: The Resignation of Ken Livingstone; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Letter from New Zealand; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy.
Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 288 June 2018

Labour Affairs – May 2019 Updates

Latest update.  May Editorial: Anger And Betrayal: The New Politics.  No agreement yet on Brexis.

From March 2019: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.  Also Notes on the News: Vote for Cheese, Get Chalk, It’s a Silly Overclass, Europe Flourishing Without Britain, Forgetting Yugoslavia, Weather, Feed the Rich, Kill Off the Old, Uncontrolled Social Media, Hungary Values Itself.

Also everything for May 2018: Editorial: Labour And Antisemitism; 2nd Editorial: What Should Labour’s Foreign Policy Be?; Parliament And World War One; Notes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; “Tunbridge Wells has a Drugs and Murder Problem” (false accusations that Labour has an Antisemitism problem); Brian Behan Remembered (Communist building-worker and militant); Tax Evasion by the Rich (Paradise Papers); Missile strike against Syria(No Froggy, New Zealand or Poems this month.)
Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 287 May 2018

The Soviet Fall and the New Right Failure

Problems 34: Freedom as Misunderstood by Liberals

  • How Gorbachev Wrecked the Soviet Union
    • Looking at how the man messed up.
    • A reminded that the Soviet Union worked well in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Notes on Asocialism
    • People go wrong by imagining themselves as autonomous individuals who could and should exist independently of the wider society.
    • How the New Right took advantage of moral uncertainty following the radical and necessary changes demanded by 1960s radicals and protestors.
    • Why the unregulated internet is not an answer.

Also available as a PDF, Problems 34 – Freedom Misunderstood

Labour Affairs – April 2019 Updates

Latest update.  April Editorial: The Last Throw Of The Dice?  Mrs May ignores mass protests in favour of a fresh vote.  Just as protests in 2003 at the planned Iraq War were ignored.

From December 2018: News from France (Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes.  Also Notes on the News: State Aid: Bad for Everyone Except Me, Socialist Failure?, Feed-the-Rich Economics, The Last March of Donald Trump, A Man, a Plan, an Abomination – Venezuela, Dams Damned.

Also everything for April 2018: Editorial: Rush To Judgement  (Nerve Gas Attack); Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Parliamentary Notes; Letter from New Zealand; Boris Johnson and the alleged Russian Nerve Gas Attack; The Wapping Dispute of 1986 (Print Workers); Poems: Eunuchs United; The Inklings Of Whitehall.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 286 April 2018

Labour Affairs – March 2019 Updates

Latest update.  March Editorial: Paper TIGers.  The eight Labour MPs who resigned from the party last month, and formed themselves into The Independent Group, hope to wreck Labour’s chances of winning the next general election.  They want to prevent anything being done about the unfair accumulation of wealth and the squeezing of the needy.

From December 2018: News from France (Froggy), Parliamentary Notes 1 – Mrs May, and Parliamentary Notes 2 – Legal Position;.  Also Notes on the News: Bush Senior, the Vice President, They Shall Not Grow Old: They Were Stupidly Slaughtered, US Republicans – Make Hate, Not Love, Climate Change – Not Always Warm, But Mostly Worse, Climate-Change Extinction?  Or Hitler Plus?, Taiwan: Not Gayly Wed, Not Separatist, Ukraine Versus Ukraine, But Blaming Russia, From Brexit to Poxit?

Also everything for March 2018:  Editorial: Labour’s Poisoned Chalice; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Diary of a Corbyn foot soldier; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 3; Letter from New ZealandEugenics; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy.  Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 285 – March 2018

Labour Affairs – February 2019 Updates

Latest update.  February Editorial: Once More Unto Brussels.  February 2019
May is engaging with MPs of all parties to reach an agreement she can take back to Brussels and secure a deal that parliament can support; a Plan B. But this appears to be a forlorn task as EU negotiators have made it clear that no significant changes can be made to her deal..

From November 2018: News from France ( Froggy), and Parliamentary Notes;.  Also Notes on the News: Trump Resigns as World Boss, Trump Upholds Feed-the-Rich, Doctor Who and the Real Racists, Brazil, Where the Politics is Nuts, Hurricanes, Japan Recovers.

Also everything for February 2018: Editorial: What A Carry On, Carillion; Parliament And World War One; FroggyNotes on the News; Letter from New Zealand; Walter Citrine in the Soviet Union in 1925. Part 2; Local Government and the national Labour agenda; German Social Democracy; Parliamentary Notes; Listening to Italy; Comment on Carillion. Also available as a PDF, Labour Affairs 284 February 2018