As powerful and long-lasting as the British establishment is, it still knows fear. Right now it is in an almighty lather, not over Jeremey Corbynn so much, but more so over the threat to the system that the mass engagement of citizens directly in the political process potentially represents; a massive sea-change in British politics. Whether Corbynn eventually proves to… Read more →
In the immediate aftermath of Brexit, I am numbed, saddened and fearful for our future. Outside it’s a cold wet blustery June day. Perhaps it is apt that, on a day which represents the very worst of the ‘Little Britain mentality’ spouted by Brexit-supporters, our weather too is showing its dark-side. The repercussions of the decision have been swift and… Read more →
This ill-considered EU referendum has split the nation, colleagues, maybe friends, even families. Certainly I’ve watched dismayed as people I’ve known for years parroted horrific xenophobic rhetoric, simply because it came from a source that seemingly supported their cause “to Brexit”. It has been a hateful, spiteful and deeply disturbing campaign. One that has clearly shown the guttersnipe level to… Read more →
A country is nothing but a place you were born. Yet it shapes you inexorably, just as as you in turn shape it. And that’s just the way it is, you against the rest, for life. For the many marchers who’s steps keep beat with the piper’s tune, it is a dance. For those on the road less travelled, those… Read more →
It’s five years since dad died and I’ve barely written publicly since.
This vile Conservative regime and its despicable neo-liberal ideology is so getting-my-goat that I am primed to begin again. Rhetoric, thick and hot, is rising in my gullet, to spew forth black and white upon the virtual pages of the Internet.
So coldly calculating ignorant are this government of the suffering they are causing and the damage the are doing to the social fabric of Britain that they must surely be driven by a hidden and nauseating agenda to create an under-class.
More on this theme to follow.
On 1 May, a sweeping proposal by the Cabinet Office is due to come into effect. It will prevent academics and researchers making known any findings that are at odds with government policy. The Guardian has described this move as “either a cock-up or a conspiracy”. The problem is a clause in the proposal aimed at preventing government-funded research being… Read more →