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There is no such thing as ‘positive’ discrimination

There is no such thing as ‘positive’ discrimination

On Wednesday, the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats announced they would join the Labour Party in imposing all-women shortlists for the next General Election. According to the Guardian, the right-on triumvirate will aim for a lower proportion of male MP’s during the next parliament by selecting constituencies in which […]

by × October 14, 2016 ×

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The Labour Party is a sad ruin

Labour is divided, poisoned by anti-Semitism, led by a dud and going nowhere.  By Julius Haswell The word “Corbynista” is one that fills me with more misery than even the phrase “no offence, but…” You just know something annoying is about to happen. But lately I’ve been quite happy to […]

by × October 9, 2016 ×

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This Labour reshuffle is the triumph of the Islington set

The Labour Party continued its slide into electoral oblivion yesterday, as it increasingly adopts the character of a third-rate student union debating society. With yesterday’s reshuffle, Corbyn’s old contacts in the shady underworld of the London left have consolidated their grip on the party. Openly Marxist Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell (who […]

by × October 7, 2016 ×

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Corbyn won… And then set out the details of his suicide mission

From his interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday it is clear that Jeremy Corbyn is emboldened. Now Corybnism will be unleashed in all its glory as the limp Blairites and moderates of the party lay defeated and despairing. Corbyn has handed out an olive branch to his colleagues, but […]

by × September 26, 2016 ×

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Labour’s real problem? Britons don’t want socialism

Labour will today elect their new leader, or more likely, the old one. Far from unseating Jeremy Corbyn, the coup, vote of no confidence, and Owen Smith’s leadership challenge, have merely served to galvanise the membership, all of whom overwhelmingly seem to back the right honourable member for Islington North. […]

by × September 24, 2016 ×

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Social science? More like socialist science!

Social science? More like socialist science!

Social science research is big business in the UK.  Practically every university has a social science department and the majority of universities conduct social science research.  Outside of the university sector there’s a mass of social science research institutes,  charitable organisations, think tanks and private companies all conducting social science […]

by × September 23, 2016 ×

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Political Feminism is condescending and doesn’t work

Political Feminism is condescending and doesn’t work

Feminism as a political ideology is a condescending failure I can’t help but savour the delicious sense of irony in Labour’s continued failure to cobble together a female leader. In fact, I erupted with laughter when UKIP, the plonkers that they are, beat them to that feminist milestone last week. Why […]

by × September 22, 2016 ×

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Young Pioneer salute during their school fest in Kemerovo, Eastern Siberia, 1979. The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union, also Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization was a mass youth organization of the USSR for children of age 10–15 in the Soviet Union between 1922 and 1991.
B&W negative film 35mm.

Momentum Kids: Political education for the Corbyn youth (It’s not weird)

Momentum Kids has been trending on Twitter, but why all the fuss? Two women from Stroud have decided to tackle an issue with childcare which is preventing mothers from being politically engaged and active. The idea is to have crèches for political meetings and conferences thereby encouraging the attendance of […]

by × September 20, 2016 ×

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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 ×

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Personal responsibility is the key to solving poverty in the UK

Personal responsibility is key to alleviating poverty, but the Left don’t believe in it  Last week saw the release of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s report “We can solve poverty in the UK”.  It claims over 13 million or around 20% of the UK population live in poverty and is yet […]

by × September 14, 2016 ×

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The binary approach of socialists to education, and life

Eternal Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is incensed by the idea of grammar schools making a comeback. Despite a lot of evidence to demonstrate the widespread and catastrophic failure of the comprehensive system when it comes to meeting basic educational criteria, Corbyn, who once got divorced because his wife wanted send […]

by × September 12, 2016 ×

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Comrade Corbyn is here to stay

Corbyn will win the leadership race. Face it. There are now less than two weeks to go until the results of the 2016 Labour leadership election are announced, and despite Labour moderates having being preparing for this ever since Corbyn was first elected, it looks like he’s going to win […]

by × September 10, 2016 ×