Huge abstention takes the gloss off Macron’s majority

WITH 32 PER CENT of the votes in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections, Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République en Marche (The Republic on the Move), far surpassed the second party, Les Républicains (LR). On that basis, he is almost certain to get the vast majority of the seats in the National Assembly in … Continue reading Huge abstention takes the gloss off Macron’s majority

Donald Trump: with or without EU?

DONALD TRUMP’S first trip abroad as President saw him launch radical changes in US foreign policy from those pursued by his predecessor. If he can see them through, they will generate major upheavals in world politics. At the 28th NATO Summit in Brussels on 2425 April, Trump berated his assembled allies for ripping off America’s … Continue reading Donald Trump: with or without EU?

Arsonist fans flames: Trump’s green light against Qatar and Iran

PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s 20 May visit to Saudi Arabia, for a summit of the six Gulf Arab states and 49 other Arab and Muslim-majority countries, was very pleasing to the corrupt rulers of the desert kingdom. Dropping the Islamophobic “clash of civilisations” rhetoric of his election campaign, Trump managed to stick to the usual cant … Continue reading Arsonist fans flames: Trump’s green light against Qatar and Iran

A tale of two manifestos

Simon Hannah compares Tony Benn’s 1983 and Jeremy Corbyn’s 2017 contributions VIRTUALLY EVERYONE now accepts that Labour’s 2017 manifesto For the Many not the Few was a remarkable success. Almost as soon as the draft was leaked and summarised in the entire bosses’ press and broadcast media, in the belief that it would embarrass and … Continue reading A tale of two manifestos

Making Labour’s National Education Service fit for purpose

THE UNDERFUNDING of childcare programmes, the privatisation of secondary education (via the ever-expanding programme of unaccountable and selective academies and “free” schools) and the tripling of university tuition fees have all been designed to give children form wealthy middle class families a head start in life. Add to this the fact that wages and conditions … Continue reading Making Labour’s National Education Service fit for purpose

Eyewitness: Justice and answers

A resident reports on protests WITH COUNCIL officers from RBKC’s Tory administration lying low in the days following the fire, local residents called for people to assemble at the council offices to demand answers. Scores of people came directly from the local community centres, still bustling with those organising relief efforts and searching for loved … Continue reading Eyewitness: Justice and answers

Grenfell: Red tape saves lives

THE AFTERMATH of the Grenfell fire exposes the government’s callous contempt for the lives and wellbeing of ordinary people. Jeremy Corbyn’s demand that the empty homes of the rich should be seized, in order to house residents within the borough, is absolutely right and widely supported. The response of the Tory Royal Borough of Kensington … Continue reading Grenfell: Red tape saves lives

Red Kensington beats Tories

A Kensington CLP member explains how victory has been tempered by catastrophe of Grenfell Tower fire ON A NIGHT filled with drama, a microcosm of Labour’s advance could be seen in Kensington, where veteran Kensington campaigner and Labour councillor, Emma Dent Coad, who overturned the incumbent Tory Victoria Borwick’s 7,000 majority and won by 20 … Continue reading Red Kensington beats Tories

SNP squeezed: Labour stakes claim to future victories

THE RETURN of two party politics in England was mirrored to a more limited extent in Scotland, with both Labour and the Tories gaining at the expense of the Scottish National Party, who shed a third of their seats, including those held by former leader Alex Salmond and deputy leader Angus Robertson. The big winner … Continue reading SNP squeezed: Labour stakes claim to future victories