Politics

Syria

A lot of the media coverage of the current situation in Syria is complete drivel which is often just regurgitating the crap spouted by politicians. This is not a full analysis of what is going on in Syria but there are a few points I would like to make. Personally I ignore what is said […]

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Don’t Confuse Voting With Politics

On a recent anti-austerity rally in Norwich some of the protesters had posters saying ‘Get The Tories Out!’. It was good in one way – many of the people passing stopped and asked why we were calling to ‘get them out’ when we had just voted to ‘get them in’. I totally agreed with them […]

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Katie Hopkins – al Qaeda’s ‘Useful Idiot’

Katie Hopkins recent comments about refugees have definitely increased racial hatred – not against the refugees but against us. This post is not about the ongoing plight of refugees in the Mediterranean. Not because I think it unimportant but because it has been covered elsewhere1. The editors of the ‘Daily Jihad’ or whatever ISIS/Al Qaeda […]

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Election Debate – The EU

There is quite a bit you can say about the EU. In fact it is one of the centre of the policy of some parties. However, let us get it in perspective – see the graph on the right. There are much more important things to talk about. The data for EU costs are taken […]

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Election Debate – Is There A Green Alternative

While this is a criticism of the Green Party I am not singling it out because it is worse than other parties but because it is one of the best. I have (or did have) many friends who are in the Green Party including local councillors and people standing for election. They are all hard […]

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Election Debate – Debt

I had just gathered a few graphics and was about to write this post when I was alerted to a post by Simon Wren-Lewis1 which covered some of what I was going to say. However, I still have a few points of my own to make. The economy is one of the main debates around […]

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Human Rights, Worker Rights and the EU

In my previous post I noted a few things about the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights. In this post I am going to talk a bit about what was left out of the European Convention and also the reason for some of the anti-EU sentiment in some political parties. The […]

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David Cameron, Human Rights Act and Freedom Speech

In my last post I talked a bit about ‘humanitarian war’ . In this post I want to make a few points how this foreign policy often goes hand-in-hand with policy changes at home. One obvious example of this was the Reichstag Fire in Germany in 19331. Perceived, real threats or even, in the case […]

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Iraq / Syria – Humanitarian War?

“There never has been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented … The common man, I think, is the great protection against war.” Ernest Bevin The aggressors in most wars claim that they are doing so on ‘humanitarian grounds’ from Hitler invasions […]

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Iraq / Syria background

It is disappointing that many comments on the current situation in Iraq and Syria, including many made by those in the ‘peace movement’ and ‘the left’ ignore the suffering of the people who live there. There is a lot of talk about did Assad gas his own people? is it part of the plan to […]

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