John Wight
I write and commentate on politics and culture.

Entries by John Wight

Hell Comes to Paris

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2015 | (11:48)

Years spent depicting head chopping fanatics as rebels, moderates, and revolutionaries in an effort to effect the toppling of yet another secular government in the Middle East. Years spent cultivating Saudi Arabia as an ally against religious extremism and fanaticism rather than treating it as a country where it resides....

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These Unprecedented Attacks Against Jeremy Corbyn Have Exposed British Democracy As a Sham

(83) Comments | Posted 8 November 2015 | (22:01)

The British Establishment and its flunkies are really not handling this experiment in democracy very well when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

When Corbyn is not being undermined from within his own shadow cabinet, he is being treated as the enemy within by anonymous generals...

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Seumas Milne and His Swivel-Eyed Detractors

(3) Comments | Posted 23 October 2015 | (15:36)

Seumas Milne has never unleashed war on other countries, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. He has never unleashed cruise missiles, ordered the bombing of towns and cities, subverted international law, or in any way created the conditions of crisis, chaos, and societal...

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The Moment on BBC Question Time When the Illusion That the Tories Give a Damn About Working People was Shattered Once and For All

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2015 | (15:27)

Rare it is when the real world manages to penetrate the cocoon in which our political system and political class exists - which is why when it does it gives us pause to think, really think, about the state of our society and the centrality of politics to it.


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Corbyn's First Conference Leaves No Doubt That Labour Has Entered a New Chapter

(2) Comments | Posted 1 October 2015 | (10:23)

The first Labour Party conference under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has to be considered a resounding success. In fact considering the circumstances in which it took place Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonell, played a blinder.

After just two weeks in post the newly elected Labour leader, whose election on...

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Jeremy Corbyn's Mandate Is Being Flagrantly Opposed Within His Own Shadow Cabinet - His Base Must Rally Round

(3) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (01:00)

More people have joined Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected the leader of the party than are in the Lib Dems. This amounts to 62,000 new members, adding to the thousands who joined or registered as supporters during the election campaign, which it is worth recalling ended in...

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Corbyn Attacked for Refusing to Sing an Anthem to Feudalism by People Intent on Returning Working People to a State of Feudalism

(30) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (11:08)

This past week we have been provided with an education in the brutal reality of what passes for democracy in Britain. The political and media establishment has gone absolutely berserk in response to Jeremy Corbyn's resounding mandate as the new leader of the Labour Party. Everything from the complexion of...

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Tory Welfare Policy Is Killing People

(2) Comments | Posted 28 August 2015 | (12:00)

Five years after they first came to power as part of a coalition government with the Lib Dems, there is no doubting the passion for making the poorest and most vulnerable in society suffer torment and despair to the point of suicide and premature death which resides in the heart...

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Accusations of Jeremy Corbyn's Links to Extremists Are Rooted In Hypocrisy

(2) Comments | Posted 21 August 2015 | (14:38)

The words 'extremism' and 'extremists' have been dominating the news recently, conspicuously associated with Jeremy Corbyn and his campaign for Labour leadership, one which according to all the polls, along with the momentum it has generated, is set to romp home miles ahead of the competition on September 12, when...

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Jeremy Corbyn Offers the Only Antidote to Scottish Independence

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2015 | (20:28)

Scotland has been the glaring and conspicuous omission in the predictions of doom and disaster being offered by a parade of New Labour voices in the event that Jeremy Corbyn 'dares' win the Labour leadership election. In fact so glaring is this omission you would think that Scotland had vanished...

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Jeremy Corbyn's Campaign Has Already Succeeded In Returning Decency and Compassion To the Political Mainstream

(31) Comments | Posted 3 August 2015 | (10:18)

For far too long we have been accustomed to a political culture shorn of compassion, decency, and solidarity. We're all familiar with the script: a leader, or prospective leader, is someone who isn't afraid to 'make the tough choices', 'tell us how it is', 'be unpopular', 'take the hard rather...

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It Is Time to Dispel the Myth That Labour's '83 Manifesto Was Too Left Wing

(30) Comments | Posted 24 July 2015 | (11:50)

One of the most enduring and longstanding myths of British politics is that Labour lost the 1983 general election because it was too left wing, fighting the election on a manifesto that ensured it was unelectable. In words that have become engraved in the nation's history, Labour's own...

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In Defence of Alexis Tsipras and Syriza

(3) Comments | Posted 12 July 2015 | (16:23)

The howls of condemnation from the international Left that have met the decision of Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, and his government to bow to the demands of the Troika and put forward an austerity package of reforms in order to release a further tranche of emergency bailout...

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The Greek No Vote Marks a Victory for Humanity

(32) Comments | Posted 6 July 2015 | (01:00)

You could almost hear the collective sound of hearts being lifted across Europe in response to the Greek No ('Oxi') vote to the Troika's bailout demands, making it a moment to savour in itself. The hope that resonates with the defiance shown by the Greek people has been a long...

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The US Confederacy Was the Islamic State of Its Day - Its Flag Is an Affront to Decency

(4) Comments | Posted 28 June 2015 | (22:39)

If ever a cause was unworthy, that cause was the US Confederacy. If ever a cause was righteously defeated in battle, it was the cause of the US Confederacy. And if ever a flag was and is an insult to human decency and dignity, it is the Confederate flag.


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Patronise Jeremy Corbyn at Your Peril - He Can Win

(72) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (01:00)

It was probably inevitable that as soon as Jeremy Corbyn succeeded in making it onto the ballot for the Labour leadership contest, a frog's chorus of swivel eyed Tories and Blairites would unleash a barrage of ridicule and scorn over his prospects.

Their ire reflects discomfort at the airing of...

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I'd Rather Be a Hatton Garden Jewel Thief Than a Banker

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2015 | (14:29)

I don't care what anybody says, whoever was responsible for the Hatton Garden safety deposit box heist, whether those who've just been arrested for it or not, they deserve a medal for audacity.

Absailing down a lift shaft for men of advancing years, if true, preparatory to breaking into the...

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Lock Up Your Principles - Here Come the Blairites

(3) Comments | Posted 10 May 2015 | (10:16)

The malaise within the Labour Party runs deeper than even its most sternest critics could have conceived. It is measured in the fact that Ed Miliband's defeat in the election and demise as leader was a cause for celebration not only by a victorious Tory Party but also by the...

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Solidarity With the Victims of Tory Austerity Demands a Vote For Humanity On May 7

(1) Comments | Posted 5 May 2015 | (09:05)

If the general election on May 7 is about anything it's about returning a semblance of decency to the country after five years of vicious Tory attacks against the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, and migrants. Since coming to power in 2010 David Cameron's government, propped up by the Lib...

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The West Has the Blood of Drowning Migrants on Its Hands

(22) Comments | Posted 25 April 2015 | (01:00)

The drowning of 800 people in the Mediterranean is a crime against humanity, the ultimate responsibility for which lies not with the people traffickers operating the boats involved, as some assert, but Western governments that have destabilised the nations from which those refugees are so desperate to escape they are...

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