Making London a city-state

In recent years, there has been plenty of talk of devolving powers to London thereby allowing the city to exempt itself from the same tax rate and regulatory measures as the rest of the UK. It’s not surprising that the case for decentralisation should be made on such grounds. London is the centre of political and economic power in the country. But it is also the city of squats, warehouse raves, hipster cafes and the liberal commentariat. It’s clear why special powers for London may be resented by the rest of the country. However, it’s also the case that the … Continue reading

Labour turns left

'Workers of the world unite!' | JT White

So Jeremy Corbyn is now the leader of the Labour Party. Tom Watson stands by his side as deputy leader. The results for the Labour mayoral candidate came out the day before, where standard-bearer Sadiq Khan ran on a ‘soft left’ platform and defeated Tessa Jowell. These events fit with a reorientation in Labour politics. It came from the grass-roots upwards. The party machine was caught completely off guard and now it responds with absurd tantrums. True reactionaries can see it for what it is. “Do all the attackers of Jeremy Corbyn not see that his supporters thrive on their … Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism

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I was spurred to write this mostly by observations over the last week of three people I respect very much and who are intelligent and politically minded folks outright describing Corbyn as an anti-semite (an accusation even the right-wing media have stopped short of making). There has also been a lot of commentary that Corbyn has refused to respond to these allegations, which is mostly untrue. I’d like to preface this by saying that I am not a journalist. I have researched everything in this post but there is always the possibility that I have missed something or misinterpreted something – and please do … Continue reading