John Wight
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I write and commentate on politics, culture and sport.

My Edinburgh Trilogy of fiction novels - War, Metrosexuals, and A Beautiful Day - are available to download at Amazon, as is my latest novel Children of a Lesser God, a story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seen through the eyes of a Palestinian resistance fighter and Israeli soldier as they prepare to face one another in battle.

Dreams That Die - my irreverent and politically incorrect Hollywood memoir - is available from Zero Books.

Entries by John Wight

Band Aid Is Offensive

(84) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (00:00)

Back in 1984 a group of rich pop stars gathered together to 'save Africa' in response to famine in Ethiopia. The result was Band Aid. Thirty years on and another group of rich pop stars has come together to 'save Africa' in response to ebola.

Tarzan of the Apes...

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A Vote for Jim Murphy In the Scottish Labour Leadership Election Is a Vote for a Tory Government In 2015

(56) Comments | Posted 12 November 2014 | (00:00)

When it comes to the three candidates fighting it out for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party - Jim Murphy, Sarah Boyack, and Neil Findlay - if the Tories in Scotland and the SNP could cast a vote between November 17, when the ballot commences, and December 13, when...

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On Remembrance Day Who Are The Real Patriots?

(4) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (11:46)

With Remembrance Day almost upon us we have entered another period of debate and discussion over the symbolism of the poppy. It's a debate which offers irrefutable proof of the increasing politicisation of this annual event, one which rather than unite the country around a shared narrative and set of...

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Russell Brand Must Be Doing Something Right

(199) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (00:00)

Russell Brand has stepped into the political arena and is being made to pay a heavy price for it. Ever since his first and by now legendary Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman a year ago, the comedian and entertainer has come under attack from all and sundry, with...

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The Heroes of Kobane

(2) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (09:27)

On the Turkish frontier, around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, the world is witnessing the very best of humanity alongside the very worst.

The very best are of course the Kurdish defenders of the town, whose courage and heroism in resisting an onslaught by the...

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The Tories Have Declared War on Society - Now Society Must Declare War on Them

(358) Comments | Posted 7 October 2014 | (01:00)

It is hard to decide what was more repugnant at the Tory Party Conference recently: the sight of a packed auditorium in Birmingham applauding the prime minister's pledge to cut the benefits of 10million families, or the applause that greeted his pledge to scrap human rights legislation.

Trying to fathom...

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The Assault on George Galloway

(54) Comments | Posted 1 September 2014 | (21:36)

The assault suffered by George Galloway in broad daylight in a west London street recently was an attack on democracy. Though some might wish it were not the case, Mr Galloway is a Member of Parliament with a mandate to articulate the views he does on issues at home and...

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Scottish Independence Obscures the Real Divide In Society

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2014 | (12:04)

With just three weeks to go before people in Scotland go to the polls to decide the future of the United Kingdom, the referendum campaign has by now settled on the political arguments being articulated on either side of the debate.

Let me set my stall out before we go...

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Iraq Enters the Abyss

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2014 | (10:03)

The shocking news that the city of Mosul in northern Iraq has just been overrun by ISIS Sunni extremists exposes beyond dispute the disastrous policy that is being followed by the British government in the Middle East, and more broadly the pressing need to hold the original authors...

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Across Europe Nationalism Is on the Rise

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (21:20)

Not since the 1930s has nationalism enjoyed the influence and traction in Europe it does today.

Across the continent we are witnessing nationalist parties and movements - extreme and not so extreme - having the kind of impact they could only ever have in a time of economic recession and...

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The 2014 Sunday Times Rich List Is Britain's Badge of Shame

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2014 | (14:39)

The revelation that the UK is now officially home to more billionaires per head of population than any other country in the entire world is a badge of shame.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has just been published and it makes sobering reading.

London, with 72...

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The Botched Execution of Clayton Lockett Proves That the Death Penalty Is Barbaric

(4) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (14:43)

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma this week is yet more evidence that the death sentence is barbaric and has no place in a civilized society.

The fact that, as reported, Lockett was left "writhing in agony" on the gurney of the death chamber of Oklahoma...

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What Does the Sacking of Davie Moyes Say About Us?

(2) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (01:00)

Imagine being Davie Moyes right now, having your face splashed across the media for days in the wake of your very public dismissal from the biggest job in football, evidence of your failure analysed, dissected, and held up for the entire world to ponder and gloat over.

Most of us,...

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The Hillsborough Commemoration Reminded Me Why I Am Against Scottish Independence

(3) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (11:09)

The event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield this week was as moving and inspiring as it gets. The sight of those remarkable people gathered together to mark one of the defining events of my lifetime reminded me that for working people unity...

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Maria Miller Reminds Us That Corruption Is Not the Exception It Is the Rule in Britain

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2014 | (09:54)

The furore that has dominated Britain's media over the case of Maria Miller MP, UK Culture Secretary and member of Prime Minister David Cameron's government who is the latest in a long line of politicians to become embroiled in scandal over their expenses, is a reminder that rather...

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The Break-Up of Yugoslavia

(4) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (13:36)

Fifteen years ago NATO launched an air war against the remaining territory of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia without either the approval of the UN Security Council or any basis in international law. Nineteen NATO member states were involved in a bombing campaign lasting 78 days. The...

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Tony Benn Embodied Everything Decent In Society

(0) Comments | Posted 14 March 2014 | (14:39)

Tony Benn was the embodiment of everything decent in British society. No other political figure comes close when it comes to the integrity, principle, and dedication with which he conducted himself during a truly astonishing political career lasting over five decades.

His devotion to socialism and socialist ideas were...

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With Neo-Nazis In Power In Kiev, Crimea Looks to the East

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2014 | (11:24)

Neither Russia nor the West is contemplating going to war over Ukraine. There is far too much to lose for both sides for this to be a serious proposition. However, until the West changes a mindset which cannot conceive of a world in which its hegemony does not hold sway,...

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Putin Is Playing Chess While the West Is Playing Checkers

(4) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (00:00)

Being lectured to by the West on the evils of staging military interventions is like being told to sit up straight by the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The abiding arrogance of the West when it comes to its contemptuous disregard for the rest of the world has never been more...

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The Shameful Role of PCS Union Members In the Widespread Bullying of Benefit Claimants

(9) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (09:29)

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) are engaged in the widespread bullying and intimidation of benefit claimants in Jobcentres up and down the country. The evidence can no longer be denied and the union's leadership must now take steps to educate its members...

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