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Phil Jones

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Proud father. Travel. Politics. Terrible sense of direction. 10 years of trying to out run a bad diet. All views are my own.
Tories Limp On But The Momentum Is All With

Tories Limp On But The Momentum Is All With Labour

I crawled red eyed into bed shortly before dawn last Friday. Exhausted but optimistic for the future. The Tories still the largest party but their majority gone. Strong and stable? Do me a favour. This rickety, shambolic, broken government is limping towards election defeat in the not too distant future.
12/06/2017 12:48 BST
Are Left And Right Wing Political Labels Rapidly Becoming

Are Left And Right Wing Political Labels Rapidly Becoming Redundant?

We really are in a 'through the looking glass' phase of national and international politics with a dangerous growth of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' dogma. Self styled moderates behaving like the right. Vexed liberals coming over all authoritarian. Reactionary western nationalists having a love-in with long time foe Russia.
20/02/2017 13:20 GMT
The West, Putin And Extraordinary Double

The West, Putin And Extraordinary Double Standards

I don't like Vladimir Putin. All his macho posturing. His authoritarian style. His apparent disregard for civilian casualties in Syria. His ugly and clumsy approach to politics and international diplomacy. It all leaves me cold.
17/10/2016 12:21 BST
The First Labour Leadership Debate - Some Frivolous

The First Labour Leadership Debate - Some Frivolous Observations

I'm not going to spend much (or, indeed, any!) time talking about policies because it's official - both Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn now agree on pretty much everything with the notable exceptions of WMD and how to solve the Brexit mess. The leadership debate was in reality an hour and a half of two fellas trying to out nationalise and out invest each other.
05/08/2016 16:33 BST
Nothing Particularly Moderate About the Labour

Nothing Particularly Moderate About the Labour 'Moderates'

Politics is all about balancing passion with pragmatism, radicalism with reality but just tinkering around the rough edges of a flawed, broken system is not good enough anymore. The sooner the right wing of the Labour Party - and let's drop the pretence that they are anything other than right wingers - come to terms with this the better.
11/01/2016 14:08 GMT
No Respite for Corbyn as Labour Searches for

No Respite for Corbyn as Labour Searches for Direction

It's been the biggest political certainty of our time - a sizeable proportion of Labour MPs and like-minded supporters were always going to push, and push hard, for a swift end to Jeremy Corbyn's unlikely spell as leader.
09/12/2015 11:41 GMT
No Shortage of Hypocrisy in the Fifa Corruption

No Shortage of Hypocrisy in the Fifa Corruption Scandal

There appear to be smoking guns aplenty as far as corruption and malpractice within FIFA are concerned, but there are also lots of senior administrators within English football on some very high horses at the moment.
04/06/2015 13:52 BST
What Next for

What Next for Labour?

As the dust settles on Labour's desperately poor election showing, it's worth exploring in more detail what went wrong and what happens next for a beleaguered Labour Party. It's clear that there was no one single factor that led to the party's night of humiliation, rather a catalogue of mistakes and misjudgements that made defeat inevitable.
12/05/2015 10:27 BST
A Decent World Cup, But a Great

A Decent World Cup, But a Great One?

Has FIFA's latest offering really been the free flowing celebration of the game that the pundits and wider media would have us believe? ... has there been anything even close to epic encounters such as Brazil v Italy in '82? or France v Germany that same year?
08/07/2014 16:26 BST
A Personal Take on Last Weekend's Cardiff City Fans

A Personal Take on Last Weekend's Cardiff City Fans Protest

As I detailed in my last blog, when I first heard that there was to be a unified anti rebrand protest march backed by all of the main supporters bodies, I was genuinely pleased but also found it difficult to suppress a degree of cynicism...
24/03/2014 13:10 GMT
Cardiff City Fans Prepare for the First Big Unified

Cardiff City Fans Prepare for the First Big Unified Protest

About a year and a half later than it should have happened, all of the principal bodies representing Cardiff City supporters are finally uniting in a protest calling for the restoration of the club's traditional blue and bluebird emblem.
17/03/2014 17:31 GMT