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Groangate – The Movie

Following the post entitled ‘Who is the massive turd Guardian?’ I received the following barrage of questions from a good friend:

What is going on here as far as the much-lambasted Guardian is concerned?  Is there some kind of conspiracy? and if so, how does that work? Or is it sloppiness or laziness on the part of The Guardian and its contributors? Or some kind of malice? Or just crap judgment?

Is there some kind of monolithic control at the top of the Guardian, willfully distorting and slandering because of some shared agenda? And requiring adherence throughout the organisation?

Phew! That’ll teach me to post in a ‘red mist’.

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Who is the massive turd Guardian?

Most of us, I imagine are Guardian readers.

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Capitalism = Racism

The New Age of Empire, Kehinde Andrews (2021), Allen Lane.

‘Capitalism is racism.’ That’s what it says on the inside of the dust cover.

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Book Review

This Land, The story of a movement

Owen Jones (2020) Allen Lane

It is a year since Boris Johnson’s Tory Party won the 2019 general election with an 80 seat majority – a ‘landslide’ for the Right and a ‘disaster’ for the Left. In our current covid crisis this all feels a long time ago and rather difficult to think about – but the consequences of the defeat will be with us for a long time and so this seems like an appropriate time to review a book that covers the Left’s leadership of the Labour Party in the five years preceding this.

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A Wonderful Thing – or a Pisser?

I knew as I drove back in the rain swept dark from Eckington in North East Derbyshire (a ‘must win’ constituency) on the evening of 12th December. Over the previous week the canvassed support for Labour had felt to be softening and then falling away. On polling day itself people who over the previous few weeks had indicated a promise for Labour were reluctant to talk on the doorstep. People I remembered speaking to personally looked embarrassed. My last knock seemed to sum it all up. Three weeks previously I had finished a round on an upbeat note after a promising discussion with a woman in a modern bungalow. This time the door was answered by a man who just shouted ‘Brexit!’ at me before slamming the door shut in my face.

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Knock Knock Knocking on Brexit’s door

Knock! Knock!

‘Who’s there?’

‘Sorry to disturb you I’m canvassing for Stocksbridge and Penistone La …’

‘I don’t care who you’re for ….. you’re all the same you politicians   …… just out for yourselves  …. no honesty  …. no respect for democracy  …..’

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Knock! Knock!

Who’s there?

‘Sorry to disturb you, my name is Ken and I’m canvassing on behalf of Rother Valley Labour Party.’

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Labour: a cause for disappointment??

I recently received a communication from a good friend which included an aside that professed disappointment with Labour at the moment; that they are trailing in the polls when we have the worst and most incompetent government in living memory.

I mulled uneasily over this for a few days …. of course I am disappointed, but that doesn’t do anywhere near justice to how I feel – I am in fact very, very pissed off – bordering on furious when I can summon up the appropriate level of indignation.

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I haven’t written about Brexit since the day the result of the referendum was announced. Initially this was due to that overwhelming sense of doom and despondency that many of us felt about the decision, but as time has gone on it has been more a reflection of my increasing confusion as to how we should respond. I don’t know what to say (or even think sometimes) – and the more I have read and listened the more conflicted I have become.

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Did the Parliamentary Labour Party have a cunning plan?

I have been reading and hearing Labour MPs not renown for the their full support in the past for Mr C admitting that they may  have got things wrong (or at least half wrong in the case of  Ms JP) and that they are prepared to play their part in improving relationships within the PLP in order to promote unity.

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