Entries by John Wight from 06/2012

Queen's Jubilee Celebrations and the Spectre of 1917

| Posted 06.05.2012 | UK Politics

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are thankfully behind us, but in their wake they have left a mark of shame at the sheer amount of public money involved not only in paying for this event, but in propping up the Monarchy year after year, an institution as ludicrous as it is pernicious in the 21st century.

In Tribute to Cuban Boxing Legend Teofilo Stevenson

| Posted 06.12.2012 | UK Sport

"What is one million dollars compared with the love of eight million Cubans?" These were the words of legendary Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who died this week at age 60, in response to a lucrative multi-million-dollar offer to turn pro and fight Muhammad Ali after winning his second gold medal at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

Palestinian Hunger Striker Mahmoud Al Sarsak Nears Death

| Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

While millions all over Europe have been feasting on the European Football Championships this past week, Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Al Sarsak remains on hunger strike in Israeli detention in protest at being held for almost three years without being convicted of a crime.

Tax Dodgers of the World Unite? Not Anymore

| Posted 06.21.2012 | UK Politics

Imagine being Jimmy Carr right now, your face plastered all over the nation's media as public enemy number one, revealed as the latest in a rogue's gallery of greedy bastards who'd employed a tax avoidance scheme to ensure his tax burden was lighter than a fly's wing.

Ed Miliband Gets It Wrong On Immigration

| Posted 06.23.2012 | UK Politics

Ultimately, if the Labour Party under Ed Miliband's stewardship is to offer a progressive alternative to the Tory-led coalition government, it must break decisively with Blairism.

Nye Bevan Once Described the Tories as 'Lower Than Vermin' - He was Right

| Posted 06.24.2012 | UK Politics

It's as if the government is inviting young people to riot. A mass social experiment in human despair is not the same as an economic or social policy. Nor is it appropriate to have sociopaths running the country.