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3 years ago
Shabcast 34 - download here.
The image across is by Steve Bell and was published in the Guardian. I'll take it down if they ask. But it seemed too brilliantly, horribly perfect to abjure.
This month I'm joined by Kit and James, to talk about the election we had last week (surprise surprise) in which Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics to resurrect the fortunes of Labour and pummel the Tories into a very uncomfortable corner. We also talk about the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, just had just happened when we sat down to record.
Please share around, tell your friends, etc. I think we're all proud of this one.
Credit where its due: this episode very much came about because Kit and James organised it, and James both edited the main body of the episode and supplied the wonderful title. I'm not even in the episode for half an hour or so.
5 years, 2 months ago
Off out to vote today on who runs the civil service... oh, no, hang about, we're not allowed to do that are we?
Off out to vote today on who runs the police... oh, no, hang about, we're not allowed to do that are we?
Off out to vote today on who runs the army... oh, no, hang about, we're not allowed to do that are we?
Off out to vote today on who runs the corporations... oh, no, hang about, we're not allowed to do that are we?
5 years, 3 months ago
Might as well put this up.
I consider it a moral obligation to vote against the current coalition, and to maximise any impact such a vote might have… which is why, despite the fact that I loathe and despise the Labour Party, I would vote Labour were I in a constituency where such a vote might conceivably contribute towards a Labour victory.
As it happens, I live in a constituency that has been a solid Tory seat for generations. Really, where I live they’d elect a dog turd if it had a blue rosette stuck on it. In fact, when I look at the robotic, empty-headed drone and waste of clothes who currently ‘represents’ me in Parliament, I think they did.
The nearest possible challengers to the Tories in my constituency are the Yellow Tories, whom I am proud to say I have never voted for in my life, not even tactically, not even in 2010 when lots of ostensibly left-leaning useful idiots tried to bully me into voting LibDem, saying (ludicrously as I pointed out at the time - something which I have since very much enjoyed being proved right about) that doing so would block ...
5 years, 5 months ago
Yes, yes, Syriza is a bourgeois reformist party which has drifted to the right even in the last few years. I know. A Syriza victory will not bring full communism in Greece. No, true. A Syriza government will cave in and give up all over the place. The way all bourgeois reformist parties always do, even quite Lefty ones. Yes. I know.
I knows and knows and knows.
The point is that, as with all Left-wing reformist parties, it will be as strong or as weak as the movement among the working class. It will be pushed to the Left by a genuine movement on the streets and in the workplaces. Or to the Right by the absence of such a movement.
The anti-reformist gloom of writing off Syriza before it starts is, paradoxically, the gloom of the reformist. It is the gloom of those who secretly expect (or want) elected governments to do it all for them.
A Syriza victory would create a space within Austerity neoliberalism for a challenge (however partial and bourgeois and reformist and imperfect) to the prevailing, even suffocating, orthodoxy. The punishing flow ...
6 years, 2 months ago
On the ballot paper in my region there are no less than five extremist Right-wing parties. Six if you include the Conservatives. Apart from that there are two centrist neoliberal parties: Labour and the Liberal Democrats. I know a fair few very nice, likeable and principled Lib Dems (online and in real life), but as a national political force the party is part of a coalition with the Tories and, as such, constitutes a de facto Right-wing party. So that's seven Right-wing parties of various shades running from crypto-fascist to poujadist to centre-Right - none of which has any serious quarrel with the neoliberal consensus - and one centrist neoliberal party, Labour... which is now so degraded and debased that it seperates itself from the Tories and Lib Dems by a few whiskers. Centrism has itself been shifted so far to the right that the modern Labour party is to the Right of the pre-Thatcher Tories on many issues.
That's democracy for you. That's apparently the best we can do. That's the freedom I'm supposed to relish and celebrate. What a barren wasteland of horror. What a terrifying ...