Articles by: Paul Nizinskyj

Liberty

Goodbye tolerance, hello thought police

Goodbye tolerance, hello thought police

‘In the end, the Labour party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that.’ So predicted Enoch Powell in 1968, a time when Harold Wilson’s party had just begun to introduce right-on luvvie liberalism alongside its rapidly dating economic socialism. Fast-forward half a century and YouGov now […]

by × June 18, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Economy, Europe

Miriam González Durántez at Trafalgar Square by Brian Minkoff-London Pixels https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

Sorry, Mrs Clegg, international trade is ‘back to front’

Miriam González Durántez, who in less enlightened times would have been known as Mrs Nick Clegg, used a column in George Osborne’s revanchist Evening Standard shortly before the general election to ‘school’ (as publishers of YouTube videos so love to say) Theresa May on the complexities of international trade ahead of her […]

by × June 15, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Elections, Leftwatch, News

Harry and the magical manifesto

Harry and the magical manifesto

Harry Styles’ declaration in The Sunday Times that he will vote ‘for whoever is against Brexit’ on the basis that ‘the world should be more about being together and being better together and joining together, and I think it’s the opposite of that,’ seemed to confirm much of what I […]

by × May 16, 2017 ×

Capitalism, Europe

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

Low wage tax haven? Worked for Singapore

You have to pity those poor Spaniards. As propitiatory sacrifices to euromoloch, their unemployment rate remains stubbornly around the 18 per cent mark a full decade after the financial crisis, and most of their young people now seem to be making lattes for Londoners. In Britain, we complain about the […]

by × May 10, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Europe

The Daoguang Emperor of the Qing Dynasty.

The EU’s ‘unequal treaties’

One of the more colourful episodes of British imperialism – and, let’s face it, there’s a lot to choose from – took place around the ‘misspent youth’ of empire at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign – when its full might was put behind the somewhat embarrassing pursuit of drug-pushing. […]

by × May 3, 2017 ×

Europe

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Jeremy Corbyn should give Henry VIII more credit

Poor Henry VIII. Remembered primarily for being obese and a serial monogamist, the father of Elizabeth I last weekend had to endure the supreme indignity of a codpiecing by Jeremy Corbyn on national television. “I don’t think the record of Henry VIII on promoting democracy, inclusion and participation was a […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Europe

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

Who said satire is dead? Me. And it’s a bloody bore.

A few weeks ago I was delighted to see two very familiar names in the candidates’ book of the club which I am a member. Younger readers may not recognise Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, but among the sitcoms they have under their belt are Birds of a Feather, Goodnight […]

by × March 22, 2017 ×

Europe

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

The EU has failed to uphold democratic values

One of the defining features of the EU referendum campaign, and arguably a major factor in the vote for Brexit, was the seeming inability of the Remain side to say anything positive about the European Union. The message, from start to finish, was not so much that the EU was […]

by × December 22, 2016 ×

Elections, Foreign Affairs, Leftwatch

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

2016: The year post-democratic politics went mainstream

November 25 was a date of cosmic importance this year. Jupiter joined a waning crescent Moon in the dawn sky, “bleeding inside each other’s wounds,” according to the America’s Most Haunted Twitter account, whatever that means. But it wasn’t the only event of cosmic significance to occur that evening. As the […]

by × December 1, 2016 ×

America, DC Diary

DC Diary: Take me back to the Potomac

DC Diary: Take me back to the Potomac

Creative Director Paul Nizinskyj was in Washington, DC between November 3 and 11. “Have you seen those naked pictures of Trump’s wife?” the bartender at Bobby Van’s hollers across the bar. “They’re amazing,” he adds, to raucous laughter. “He doesn’t need to build a wall, he could just blow them up and […]

by × November 13, 2016 ×

America, DC Diary, News

This was yesterday. It's raining today. Photo by Florence Walker.

DC diary: After the Brexit uprising; it’s déjà-vu in Washington DC

I’ve been up at the Capitol Hill Hotel since precisely 7am, woken by the dirge of church bells, ringing out in a deathly quiet town which overwhelmingly (93%) sent three electoral votes for Hillary Clinton. For all the good it did. And it wasn’t the only irony. I’ve been in the tristate area since Thursday […]

by × November 9, 2016 ×

America, DC Diary

DC Diary: Democrats feel the consequences of neglecting the common man

DC Diary: Democrats feel the consequences of neglecting the common man

Well this is all very familiar. I’m in a bar in Democrat Washington, DC at 10.30pm and everyone’s shitting themselves. It’s a similar mood to the East of England count I attended during the EU referendum vote once the North East started coming in. And don’t get them started about […]

by × November 9, 2016 ×