John Wight
I write and commentate on politics and culture.

Entries by John Wight

The Ideological Collapse of the Pro-Brexit Left

(1) Comments | Posted 15 June 2016 | (15:21)

The referendum over Britain's membership of the EU has from inception involved two wings of the Tory Party engaged in an internecine war, pitching the free marketeers of Cameron, Osborne and company against the empire loyalists of Johnson, Gove, and IDS et al. In the words of the song we're...

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The Lives Ruined by Cameron's Government Makes His Resignation Non Negotiable

(2) Comments | Posted 8 April 2016 | (11:03)

In 2016 the number of people in Britain forced to rely on foodbanks to feed themselves and their children is legion, as is the number who've been reduced to despair because their benefits have been cut for the most minor of infractions. The number forced to survive on zero hours...

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Following His Resignation IDS Confirms that Pathology Not Economics Underpins Tory Austerity

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2016 | (13:13)

Iain Duncan Smith is on course to earning a place in history as someone who not only once led the Conservative Party but who also brought down a Conservative government. His interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr was more than explosive it was a political earthquake, shaking the Tory establishment...

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There Is No Progressive or Left Wing Case for Brexit

(1) Comments | Posted 27 February 2016 | (07:20)

The timing of the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU - June 23rd - could not be better for those on the right and far right of the country's political spectrum. With a refugee crisis of biblical proportions lapping up on Europe's shores, and with the collapse of the...

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Jeremy Corbyn, Stop the War, and the Reprise of McCarthyism

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2015 | (07:55)

The moral bankruptcy that underpins British political and cultural life today is such that if Jeremy Corbyn had attended a Start the War rather than a Stop the War fundraising dinner recently, many of his critics would today be hailing him as a future prime minister.

The hypocrisy of these...

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Hilary Benn Was a Mediocrity Prior to His Syria Speech and He Remains a Mediocrity After It

(1) Comments | Posted 6 December 2015 | (10:57)

Hilary Benn's speech in favour of bombing Syria is being presented to us as if it belongs on the same level as Churchill's 'fight them on the beaches' speech after Dunkirk. Even though we have a media establishment in this country which supports a government that is in the business...

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The Only Moderates Fighting In Syria Are the Soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army

(12) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (08:23)

Proof that the British political class hasn't learned anything after Iraq came with David Cameron's ludicrous assertion that there are 70,000 moderate rebels fighting in Syria. It was an outright fabrication to rank with Blair's sexed up dossier on Saddam's WMD, which the then prime minister asserted could be launched...

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Hell Comes to Paris

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2015 | (10:48)

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 | (21:01)

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 | (14:36)

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 | (14:27)

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 | (09:23)

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 | (00:00)

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

(29) Comments | Posted 16 September 2015 | (10:08)

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 | (11:00)

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 | (13:38)

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 | (19:28)

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

(29) Comments | Posted 3 August 2015 | (09:18)

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

(27) 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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