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

The Hillsborough Commemoration Reminded Me Why I Am Against Scottish Independence

(3) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (10:09)

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 | (08:54)

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 | (12:36)

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 | (13:39)

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 | (10:24)

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 3 March 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (08:29)

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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Have the Wheels Come Off the Campaign for Scottish Independence?

(82) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (23:00)

It would be fair to say that Alex Salmond, the SNP, and the YES campaign for Scottish independence have had better weeks than the one just past since launching the White Paper setting out their vision for an independent Scotland in November 2013.

Two of their major policies -...

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Why I Will Be Voting No in the Referendum on Scottish Independence

(4) Comments | Posted 6 February 2014 | (10:07)

I will be voting No in this year's referendum on Scottish independence. I will do so as a statement of solidarity with working people throughout Britain.

There is undoubtedly much that is regressive - make that despicable - about the British state. The monarchy, the House of Lords, the country's...

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Raising the Top Rate of Income Tax Isn't About Envy, it's About Justice

(23) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (23:00)

Isn't it revelatory to witness the hysteria unleashed by the announcement of Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, that if elected in 2015 a Labour government will reintroduce the 50p top rate of income tax for high earners - those earning over £150,000?

You would think the Shadow Chancellor had just announced...

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When Will Channel Four Be Making a Documentary About the Working Class Community that Came Together In the Search for Mikaeel Kular?

(1) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (13:02)

It is often in times of tragedy and crisis that we witness what is best in humanity and the human condition. This was undoubtedly the case in Edinburgh recently, when hundreds of volunteers turned out to join in the search for the missing - and tragically killed - three-year-old child...

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For the Sake of Humanity Society Must Unleash War on the Tories

(12) Comments | Posted 17 December 2013 | (09:34)

If nothing else, for the sake of our children and children's children, it is time for society to unleash war on the Tories.

This, to clarify, will not be a war of aggression, it will be a war against their aggression on the part of those who understand that...

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George Groves Emerged From His Epic Encounter With Carl Froch the People's Champion

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (12:27)

George Groves put in a performance against Carl Froch at the Manchester Phones4U Arena that will go down in boxing history as one of the most sensational and audacious seen in the ring in many a year. All the way through the build up to the fight, Carl Froch had...

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The Stakes Involved in Syria as the Conflict Shows No End In Sight

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (14:07)

The Syrian government is embroiled in a brutal conflict against a polyglot insurgency - the best armed, funded, and equipped component of which are Sunni jihadists and Salafists intent on turning the country into a killing field. If they succeed then Syria as a secular, sovereign state in which women's...

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The Lib Dems - Yellow by Name, Yellow by Nature

(9) Comments | Posted 13 November 2013 | (10:11)

Confirmation that the Lib Dems are the political equivalent of something you'd rather not get on your shoes came with their opposition to Labour's parliamentary motion against the Bedroom Tax earlier this week. Apart from Tim Farron and Andrew George, Lib Dem MPs swung behind the Tories and...

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Unite's Leverage Squads Are Both Legal and Necessary

(21) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (23:00)

Isn't it a sign of the times that when hundreds of men and their families are threatened with losing the jobs they depend on unless they accept a cut in pay, pension entitlement, and conditions - this on the whim of a rich sociopath who spends his spare...

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Pensioners in Britain Who Survived the Blitz Won't Survive the Winter as a Result of the Hike In Energy Prices

(25) Comments | Posted 25 October 2013 | (00:00)

Profiteering by the energy companies is no longer a moral issue it is quite literally an issue of life and death for the most vulnerable in society, currently facing the winter with the dread of people who've just been handed a death sentence.

This is the impact of one of...

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Relentless Attacks on the Poor Are Inviting a Social Explosion. Let it Come

(22) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (12:54)

Disgusting does not come close to describing the latest offering from Channel 5 - On Benefits And Proud - which aired for the first time this week.

In the show various benefit claimants - code for the undeserving poor - are tracked down by deserving taxpayers with the...

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George Galloway to Target Tony Blair in Upcoming Documentary

(1) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (12:59)

Respect MP, George Galloway, has succeeded in raising over £160,000 via crowdfunding to finance a documentary on Tony Blair - The Killing Of Tony Blair.

Expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 over his opposition to the war in Iraq, Galloway aims to uncover the former prime minister's...

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Don't Know About Ralph Miliband, but I Do Hate Britain

(4) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (10:04)

What is there to love about a country that still glories in an empire that was an exercise in grand larceny, mass exploitation, human suffering, and cruelty? What is there to love about a country which still believes in bending the knee to that wretched institution, otherwise known as the...

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