Articles by: Martin Bailey

#GE4L

Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

It started so well. A 20 point lead in the opinion polls had us dreaming of a commanding majority, a clear mandate and an opposition on the precipice. Then it slowly turned into a nightmare as dozens of seats fell and at one point some bookies had Corbyn as favourite […]

by × June 21, 2017 ×

News

Is Wales on the verge of a Tory invasion?

Is Wales on the verge of a Tory invasion?

I was 18 years old before I met my first Tory. I grew up in Wales, you see, and the sight of a true-blue Conservative would have been akin to seeing a white rhino or a giant panda. Except a panda wouldn’t have roused a lynch mob. Wales didn’t so […]

by × May 1, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Health & Environment

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

Have you heard the one about Labour and the NHS?

“I’m voting Labour because of the NHS.’’ How many times have you heard it? A statement worn as a badge of altruistic honour; a noble creed that raises the Labour Party above the sordid cesspool of party politics. The very definition of how Labour is different, how Labour cares. In […]

by × April 28, 2017 ×

Elections

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

Is the Stoke failure the best Ukip can do?

And so, yet again, UKIP fails on the big occasion. Once again they fluff their lines/miss an open goal/leave their fly open as they walk into the job interview (circle your metaphor of choice). Every time they look like making a breakthrough they smack into the glass ceiling of Westminster […]

by × February 26, 2017 ×

America, Europe

Post Trump/Brexit: Are we all racists now?

Do you remember the time when a paediatrician had her house burnt down? At the height of the UK’s paedophile hysteria, whipped up by the gutter press, an angry and profoundly ignorant mob attacked the home of a children’s physician because they didn’t understand the difference between paedophile and paediatrician. […]

by × November 20, 2016 ×

Europe

Brexiteers have every right to fear the referendum will be ignored; the EU has form

Brexiteers have every right to fear the referendum will be ignored; the EU has form

On the morning of June 24th a graphic ran on social media showing the past referendum results from across Europe where the electorate had voted against EU plans only to be told to vote again or, worse, were completely ignored. Remainers shared this post as a beacon of hope that all […]

by × November 6, 2016 ×

Capitalism

Why shouldn’t footballers get rich?

It is not a good time for football at the moment. No sooner had we lost one England manager in the aftermath of yet another humiliating early tournament exit (this time to a country with the population of Swansea) than another was embroiled in a financial scandal. Add to this the […]

by × October 21, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

Don’t mourn the death of the Labour Party

Over the last year you will have read no end of high-minded articles by those on the Right lamenting the Labour party’s current incapacity as bad for democracy because the country needs an effective opposition in parliament to challenge the government. This is not one of those articles. The death […]

by × September 18, 2016 ×

Capitalism

How did telly get so damn good?  The market of course!

How did telly get so damn good?
The market of course!

I must confess I was never the biggest Game of Thrones fan. I thought it was all right and I kept up with it so I could avoid the social stigma of being the only person in the office not to have seen it – Westeros Leprosy if you like […]

by × August 16, 2016 ×

Blog

Let small business off the leash

Let small business off the leash

One of the most commendable reasons that many gave for voting Leave was that in a post brexit Britain government could hack away at the litany of regulations that shackle British enterprise, the quicksand in which so many small businesses are lost before they ever have a chance. The ‘Revelation’ […]

by × July 9, 2016 ×

Leftwatch, News

The Labour Party is on the brink of oblivion

The Labour Party is on the brink of oblivion

Over the last twelve months we have watched the Labour party go from one crisis to the next, like a paralytic drunk bouncing between shop fronts and parked cars on a never-ending journey of stupor. The current catastrophe of parliamentary party versus leader and grassroots reveals the astonishing folly of […]

by × June 30, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

Conservatives must take sides on the NHS

In November 2007 my grandmother died a protracted, agonising, unnecessary death on ward 11 of Mid Staffs Hospital. My mother, appalled by the ‘Care’ that she received, placed an ad in the local paper appealing for anyone else who had suffered there. Her phone did not stop ringing for 3 […]

by × May 25, 2016 ×