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

(21) Comments | Posted 24 July 2015 | (10:50)

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 | (15:23)

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 | (00:00)

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 | (21:39)

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.

The...

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Patronise Jeremy Corbyn at Your Peril - He Can Win

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

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 | (13:29)

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 | (09:16)

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 | (08:05)

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 | (00:00)

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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Austerity v Humanity and the Rise and Rise of Nicola Sturgeon

(74) Comments | Posted 18 April 2015 | (00:00)

The story of the lead-up to the 2015 general election is the story of Nicola Sturgeon's emergence as the voice of progressive politics not only for people in Scotland but all over Britain, battered by five years of a Tory-led coalition government that has extended itself in using the 2008...

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Freddie Roach: 'It's for the Soul of Boxing'

(0) Comments | Posted 12 April 2015 | (14:10)

"It's for the soul of boxing."

This was Freddie Roach's summation of the stakes involved in Manny Pacquaio's upcoming fight - the most lucrative in boxing history - against Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.

"I can't lose this fight," he went on...

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Labour's Immigration Mug Will Be a Collector's Item For Racists Up and Down the Country

(36) Comments | Posted 31 March 2015 | (00:00)

Labour's immigration mug constitutes a white flag of surrender (no pun intended) to the Tories, UKIP, the Daily Mail, and the forces of the right in Britain. The mug, the message it embraces, reeks of cynicism and opportunism, reminding us that Labour still has a distance to travel before its...

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Benefit Sanctions and Jeremy Clarkson - The Hell of Thatcher's Creation

(4) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (15:34)

Unite the Union have organised a day of action against benefit sanctions on 19 March. They deserve great credit for doing so, though given the suffering and despair this particularly vile practice inflicts on some of the most vulnerable in society, it is disappointing that this is not...

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Scottish Labour Headed For Electoral Wipeout In May - Is Anybody Surprised?

(27) Comments | Posted 10 March 2015 | (23:00)

Jim Murphy is leading the Scottish Labour Party to an historic electoral pasting in the upcoming general election in May. Poll after poll in the wake of last September's independence referendum leaves no doubt that the party that was once so dominant in Scotland it used to weigh its votes...

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Jihadi John May Not Be a Victim, But He Is a Consequence

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2015 | (11:45)

The sympathetic portrayal of Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) by Asim Qureshi of the campaigning group CAGE inevitably and understandably met with short shrift in a society that is rightly repelled by the brutality of IS. Mr Qureshi was guilty of the heinous crime of raising his voice in dissent against...

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The Board of HSBC Should Be Arrested and the Bank Taken Into Public Ownership

(39) Comments | Posted 15 February 2015 | (23:00)

The enduring truth of Bertolt Brecht's aphorism that it is a far greater crime to own a bank than to rob one has never been more evident in the wake of the scandal involving HSBC. Its involvement in helping some very rich account holders evade tax, money laundering,...

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Syriza Fights For All Of Us and We Must Fight For Them

(0) Comments | Posted 9 February 2015 | (13:54)

Already, after just two weeks in office, the Syriza-led coalition government in Greece has put every other government in the EU to shame.

Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis, the country's new Prime Minister and Finance Minister respectively, have reaffirmed our faith in politics as a way to transform and...

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The West's Campaign Against Islamic State Will Only Get Serious When We Treat Syria as An Ally and Not An Enemy

(8) Comments | Posted 4 February 2015 | (09:01)

Who could possibly comprehend the medieval barbarity of burning a man to death in a cage, filming him as he writhes in unspeakable agony prior to posting the grisly event on social media for the entire world to view?

The inhuman death visited on Jordanian airforce pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh must...

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'American Sniper' - Evidence of the Swamp of Moral Depravity in Which America Is Sinking

(278) Comments | Posted 23 January 2015 | (23:00)

The swamp of moral depravity in which America is sinking is illustrated by a movie glorifying the exploits of a racist killer, American Sniper, receiving six Oscar nominations, while a movie depicting the historic struggle against racism led by Martin Luther King, Selma, has been largely overlooked.

Directed...

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Britain's Relationship With Saudi Arabia Is a Disgrace

(35) Comments | Posted 12 January 2015 | (23:00)

In the wake of the heinous massacre that took place in Paris last week, and with Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia having just received 50 lashes out of the 1000 he's been sentenced to for the crime of setting up a blog deemed 'insulting to Islam',...

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