Articles by: Martin Bailey

Leftwatch, News

Give the BMA enough rope… will the latest  strikes see the Junior Doctors lose support?

Give the BMA enough rope… will the latest
strikes see the Junior Doctors lose support?

Another week, another doctor’s strike. Once again the country is held to ransom by the chosen few, once again millions of lives are endangered and once again the public is blindly behind them, with the odd heretical voice drowned out in a febrile clamour of righteous indignation. But listen carefully […]

by × April 24, 2016 ×

Health

The school of hard knocks:
Now public health zealots want to ban rugby

You would have thought that doctors would have grown tired of preaching to us about public health dangers. Not a chance. After tobacco, alcohol, sugar, sweeteners, microwaves, cholesterol, dairy, trans-fats, fruit juice, sunlight, lack of sunlight, processed meat, video games, TV, baby slings and bottled water, now the medical profession […]

by × March 30, 2016 ×

Capitalism

The impotence of the middle-class Left

The impotence of the middle-class Left

How many times has someone described themselves to you as an ‘Anti-Capitalist’? Whether on a Facebook profile or after 3 drinks at a party, some people love nothing more than to label themselves with this pseudo-rebellious moniker (ironically they tend to be the same people who use phrases like, “I […]

by × March 27, 2016 ×

Taxation

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative  propose a Sugar Tax?

Such Sweet Sorrow: How can a Conservative
propose a Sugar Tax?

As a child growing up in the 1980s there were only two sounds that would make my heart ache with a giddy sense of pure joy ;  the theme tune of ‘He Man and the Masters of the Universe’, and my mother uttering the words, “You can get a 10p […]

by × February 27, 2016 ×

Welfare

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare  and involuntary taxation

A pound of flesh: Charity, welfare
and involuntary taxation

So it’s your 29th birthday and life is good. After working your way up through your twenties your career is finally going places, you earned that big promotion last month and can finally start looking at German cars with poor fuel economy. You’ve got a nice flat in a nice […]

by × February 18, 2016 ×

Transport

Tube drivers will go the way of the Dodo

I heard a story once about a teacher who was left off the timetable. He still drew a salary and still turned up for work but didn’t actually have any classes to teach. The Deputy Head who was supposed to allot him classes simply forgot about him. It was back […]

by × January 31, 2016 ×

Health & Environment

“We stuffed their mouths with gold” –  Strikers prevent progress, again

“We stuffed their mouths with gold” –
Strikers prevent progress, again

In a last ditch attempt to avert any more strike action and to get Junior doctors to accept the government’s new deal the Conservatives have enlisted military scientists to re-animate the corpse of Mother Theresa and installed her as the new Health Secretary in place of a weary Jeremy Hunt. […]

by × January 30, 2016 ×

Europe

Whatever happened to left wing Euroscepticism?

Until 1983 the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU was official Labour Party policy. It was Labour who offered the official opposition to our entry into the common market, with the social democrat Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell warning it would be, “The end of a thousand years of […]

by × January 27, 2016 ×

Leftwatch

The assassination of a Labour moderate

Simon Danczuk’s suspension from the Labour party for sending steamy texts to an under 18 year old appears to be a classic case of a sleazy MP abusing his power in an all too predictable and pathetic way. The story boasts an extra helping of bathos given his well-publicised/self-publicised love […]

by × January 11, 2016 ×

Leftwatch, News

Jeremy Corbyn, a head of the hydra

As 2015 draws to a close Jeremy Corbyn is still the leader of the Labour party. A year ago who would have thought it possible? The only thing more remarkable than his election is that after three Months of indecision, disorder and chaos not only does he remain in place […]

by × December 17, 2015 ×

Liberty

The working class are
natural born Tories

The Labour party was founded specifically to represent the interests of the working man, so it is hardly surprising that those in the DE and C2 social groups are far more likely to vote Labour. However, if you consider the behaviour, culture, desires, fashions and tastes of the British working […]

by × December 7, 2015 ×

Conservatism

Martin Bailey: Why I am a Conservative

Martin Bailey: Why I am a Conservative

Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. V. I. Lenin I was brought up in a solid, socialist household. Both of my parents were Labour Party members and trade union activists, who even flirted with the Militant tendency in the bitter aftermath of […]

by × November 29, 2015 ×