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Advice to British leftwingers on kicking racism out of their anti-Israel rhetoric

To escape accusations of anti-Semitism, Labour supporters of Palestinians should remember not to put Zionism and Nazism in the same sentence, avoid sloganizing about Zionism, and resist conspiracy theories of Zionist control

Is this the end of the Scottish Labour Party?

Once the establishment party in Scotland - sweeping all in election after election - Scottish Labour is facing defeat.

Unrepresentative Unions (07/05/15)

Len McCluskey has every right to support the Labour Party, but the Unite boss is deluded if he thinks he's speaking for the wider union membership when he says that "The Labour Party is our party". Because in Scotland the standing of...Show More Summary

'Kinder, Gentler Politics'

I was going to have a blogging-free day today, given the bank holiday but having read thoughts of Unite boss Len McCluskey on Labour MPs undermining Jeremy Corbyn, I felt compelled to say something. The first thing is that demandingShow More Summary

Labour in Denial (01/05/16)

The Labour Party has been plunged into crisis because of a stupid, yet deliberate attempt by Ken Livingstone (one of Jeremy Corbyn's closest allies) to claim that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. On top of that, Ken went on to share his view that someone can only be anti-semitic if they hate all Jews across the world, not just those living in Israel. Show More Summary

Mike's Blog Round Up

Booman Tribune - George Will and the Great Defection; Crooked Timber - anti-Semitism in the Labour Party; Gin and Tacos - TED'S VP LIST... must credit G&T!!!!11one!! Lawyers, Guns & Money - MoDo clearly stoned, drunk, something; No More Mr. Show More Summary

Labour Crisis: Polls Predict Massive Party Losses

The U.K.’s Labour Party is on course to lose 175 council seats in Thursday’s elections, a setback that would amount to the party’s worst local election performance for 35 years. A new projection, conducted for the Guardian newspaper,...Show More Summary

Labour Day – History in Pictures

Labour Day returns to May this year after a short lived relocation to October. Labour Day has been an official Queensland public holiday, celebrated on the first Monday in May, since 1912 and before that as Eight Hours Day since 1901. Before its official recognition as a public holiday, parades and celebrations had taken place... Read more

The political economy of home-made submarines

So we’ve decided to build twelve submarines in Adelaide, a decision which: contradicts the only idea that economists unanimously endorse — free trade; ignores opportunity cost i.e what else might be done with $50 billion of labour, capital...Show More Summary

London’s mayor? Sadiq Khan could become the first Muslim to head a major Western capital.

 Sadiq Khan of opposition Labour Party is the strong favourite to win London’s mayoral election on Thursday after a contest marked by religious tensions and accusations of racism. Polls show Khan, the son of a bus driver, is as much as 20 percentage points ahead of rival Conservative Zac Goldsmith in the race to run […]

MUSLIM LABOUR LEADER FAVORED TO WIN LONDON MAYORAL RACE: Sadiq Khan, the son of a London bus driver…

MUSLIM LABOUR LEADER FAVORED TO WIN LONDON MAYORAL RACE: Sadiq Khan, the son of a London bus driver, has had a remarkable rise into the upper echelons of British politics. He grew up with seven siblings in a three-bedroom home in public housing and attended state schools before becoming a human-rights lawyer and then a […]

Labour Candidate Favored to Win London Mayoralty

yesterdayNews : Newsweek: US

Sadiq Khan of Britain's opposition Labour Party is the strong favorite to win London's mayoral election on Thursday after a contest marked by religious tensions and accusations of racism. Polls show Khan, the son of a bus driver, isShow More Summary

What the Left doesn’t understand about anti-Semitism on the Left

The problem with Thursday's performance by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone — in which he insisted that Hitler was a Zionist and denied there was anti-Semitism in the Labour party — is that many people on the Left genuinely do not...Show More Summary

Labour's antisemitism problem

Just 12 months ago, Labour had a Jewish leader. Today, we’re told, it has a problem with antisemitism. How can this be? It might be useful to distinguish between two forms of racism: verbal, and structural. Although the two often...

There was nothing Zionist about Hitler’s plans for the Jews

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

When the former London mayor Ken Livingstone said in an interview that Hitler was “supporting Zionism” before he “went mad and ended up killing six million Jews”, he was quickly suspended from the Labour Party, which was already in the throes of a painful row over anti-semitism. But while...

From Blair to Corbyn, Livingstone, and Hitler, 19 years is a long time in politics

Just a reminder how good embittered Blairites are at winning general elections for Labour. Corbynistas take note — TSE (@TSEofPB) May 1, 2016 Can things only get better for Labour? Not whilst the stench of anti-Semitism swirls around the party Nineteen years ago today, Tony Blair led the Labour Party back into government after […]

Get a Grip, Labour! (30/04/16)

I listened to Ken Livingstone on the radio earlier today trying desperately to 'defend the indefensible' in terms of his comments about Hitler and Zionism. As often happens on these occasions, 'attack' seems to be the preferred formShow More Summary

Death Wish 2017 (29/04/16)

I've had lots of comments about the political leadership in Glasgow City Council which seems to have developed a 'death wish' in relation to next year's local council elections which are to be held in May 2017. Time to get Labour outNew...Show More Summary

Five Most Popular Posts in April

The five most-read last month were: 1. Ken Livingstone, Labour, and Anti-Semitism 2. Explaining the Election of Malia Bouattia 3. Dave, Panama, and the Press 4. What BHS says about British Capitalism 5. McDonald's and Labour "Snobbishness" Everything was going so swimmingly... Show More Summary

Tweak-Packed Long War Toolbox Mod Arrives For XCOM 2

Earlier this year Firaxis recruited the aptly-named Long War Studios to craft mods specifically for XCOM 2 and the most succulent fruit yet of their labours — the Long War Toolbox — has just arrived. More »      

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