A fortnight ago I finally got a letter from the Complaints Team in the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit with a list of “draft charges” against me. …


Last week the veteran leftwing journalist John Pilger published an article titled “Afghanistan, The Great Game of Smashing Countries”, which was enthusiastically received in some quarters. Although reproduced by a number of online media outlets including Counterpunch and MROnline, its original place of publication appears to have been MintPress News.


The Jewish Labour Movement’s trade union officer Miriam Mirwitz published a blog post on the Jewish News site last week, under the title “Why the left were nearly not at the Cable Street march against Mosley’s fascists”. …


Larry Vaughn in Jaws: “It’s a beautiful day, the beaches are open, and people are having a wonderful time”

One interesting feature of Dominic Cummings’ account of Boris Johnson’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic last year, as presented to the Commons health and science committees, was his revelation that Johnson was then still explicitly taking his inspiration from Larry Vaughn, mayor of the fictional seaside resort of Amity in…


A campaign was launched last week demanding that the BBC cancel the forthcoming episode of Desert Island Discs featuring pro-Palestinian comedian Alexei Sayle. At the time of writing the BBC is still standing firm against this ludicrous attempt at censorship and the programme will apparently go ahead as scheduled on…


One of the bizarre features of the much-publicised clash between Keir Starmer and Bath pub landlord Rod Humphris, which took place when Starmer was in town last week supporting Labour’s campaign in the West of England mayoral election, was that there were some on the left whose sympathies lay firmly…


Earlier this month an online Stand Up For Labour Party Democracy rally was organised to build a campaign in solidarity with those members unjustly suspended from the party. One of the speakers listed in advance publicity for the meeting was Esther Giles of the Save Our Socialists group, who was…


The merchant seamen from Merseyside known as “Cunard Yanks” are commonly credited with bringing back from the US the black rhythm & blues recordings that decisively influenced the development of the Beatles’ musical style and provided a large part of the group’s early repertoire.

Pop historian Bob Stanley has endorsed…


Voltaire is well known for having quotations falsely attributed to him. Most people are now aware that the statement “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” was not in fact by Voltaire himself. …


The Campaign for Free Speech online meeting on 28 July

Norman Finkelstein has always been a loose cannon. His sometimes insightful political and historical analysis is invariably undermined by a contrarian urge to shock and provoke. …

Bob Pitt

Grumpy old leftie. Website: bobpitt.org.uk/

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