The neoliberal, capitalist argument for privatising the railway was based on the flawed idea that the free market will bring innovation and efficiency to rail travel. This, however, is far from the reality that followed the privatisation of the railway which began with John Major’s government in 1994. The very nature of the rail system … Continue reading Privatisation has failed, renationalise the British railway.
On Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn announced 10 new Labour policies to change the media. Such policies weren’t particularly surprising to see from the Labour leader whose relationship with the press has been… testy since he was elected. It’s good to see, however, that the policies, which aim to shake up Britain’s broken mainstream media, are positive … Continue reading On Labour’s positive policies for journalism
Fresh off the back of islamophobic comments made in his newspaper column, Boris Johnson captured the hearts of the UK’s journalists by offering them tea on his doorstep. The former Foreign Secretary dodged questions about his piece, for which he is now under disciplinary investigation. An ITV political correspondent seemed particularly enamoured with Johnson’s gesture, … Continue reading BoJo’s Tea Party – The British Media is a right state
Well it’s been another dramatic week for the Labour Party. Four Labour MPs defied the whip and voted with the Tories on Tuesday night, effectively keeping May in power, sparking anger amongst Labour members and many Labour voters. Also, on Wednesday morning, senior Labour source John Woodcock resigned from the Labour Party to serve as … Continue reading The Labour Party needs mandatory reselection
To absolutely nobody's surprise, the government is falling apart at the seams. Following the 2017 general election, Theresa May's Tory government was left with a heavily reduced mandate to pursue their damaging policies and bumble around the Brexit negotiating table like toddlers in an Ikea creche. In the year since, they eroded that mandate even … Continue reading The PM has no choice but to call an election.
In my two previous posts, I have made passing criticisms of centrism. I thought it might be worthwhile outlining exactly why I’m so critical of centrism, and people who define themselves as centrists. After all, what could possibly be wrong with moderate, sensible politics? A key issue with political centrism is that nobody sees themselves … Continue reading On Centrism
The political discourse of our 'quality press' exists almost entirely within a fictional centre ground which makes it snooty, condescending, and all too often well off the mark. One of the myriad ways our esteemed political commentators show themselves up is with their wildly inaccurate terminology, particularly their use of the phrases 'Tory Rebels' and … Continue reading “Tory Rebels” and “Labour Moderates”? Our terminology is all wrong.