John Wight
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I write and commentate on politics and culture.

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Austerity v Humanity and the Rise and Rise of Nicola Sturgeon

(0) 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

(280) 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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Bigots and Racists Who Speak Impeccable English Are a Far Greater Problem Than NHS Doctors Who Don't

(106) Comments | Posted 5 January 2015 | (23:00)

Nigel Farage sounds increasingly like a man who walks around in Enoch Powell underpants. His latest wheeze involves making doctors currently working within the NHS from outwith the UK take mandatory tests on their English language skills, on pain of being sacked. This is despite the fact that...

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No UN Vote Can Deny the Palestinian People Their Right to Self Determination

(111) Comments | Posted 2 January 2015 | (23:00)

As we enter 2015, just what do the Palestinians have to do to win their right to self determination, freedom, and peace? It's a question that needs to be asked in the wake of the the recent vote by the UN Security Council to reject a Palestinian resolution...

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The Normalisation of Relations Between the US and Cuba Is a Victory for Right Over Might

(4) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (15:43)

The announcement that the US and Cuba are to begin the process of normalising relations after decades of a US-imposed economic blockade and policy of undermining the Cuban Revolution is long overdue.

Cuba and the Cuban people have successfully defied the world's most powerful superpower for decades, which history will...

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A Class War Is Raging in Britain, But Only One Side Is Taking Punches

(131) Comments | Posted 9 December 2014 | (23:00)

Go into any supermarket in the run up to Christmas and you will likely see a shopping trolley by the door designated for donations to your local foodbank. For many of us the idea of walking past it without donating jars, forcing us to wrestle with a conscience that is...

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The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

(2) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (12:34)

So now we know - a campaign to rehabilitate the reputation and legacy of Tony Blair is well and truly under way.

How else are we to make sense of a three-month period in which the former prime minister has been presented with a GQ...

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Emily Thornberry Is Not the Enemy of Working Class People, the Sun Newspaper and Everything it Represents Is

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (07:02)

Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper is to working people what Dr Harold Shipman is to medicine. Yet from the transparent and naked opportunism of this downmarket, criminally compromised tabloid in seeking to exploit the furore over Labour's Emily Thornberry, you would think it's the in-house newspaper of the British trade union...

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Band Aid Is Offensive

(87) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 11 November 2014 | (23:00)

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 | (10:46)

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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