To listen to the language being used to describe the NHS at the moment, you’d think we suffer under a third-class health service, only able to look in wonder at the miracles achieved in the rest of the world. Tory Euro MP Dan Hannan is one of the worst offenders, repeatedly bashing the Health Service, […]

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Congratulations to all the Labour councillors who won on the 5th May. I spent the day pounding the streets in Norwich, where we won two seats from the Tories, but failed to take the two from the Greens needed to take overall control of the Council. It seems to be a similar story up and […]

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We don’t have local elections in London this year, so I’m going to spend Polling Day knocking on doors for Labour, in East Anglia, where I grew up. Like marathon runners, if political activists travel enough miles, they’ll eventually hit ‘the wall’. They’ll have to face the enormity of the task ahead, and ask themselves […]

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Nardwuar

There has been some speculation as to why I accepted a recent blog comment linking to a clip of me bullying the Canadian journalist Nardwuar in 2003. The reason is, that I can’t take the credit for the things I’ve done that I’m proud of, without taking the blame for the things that I’m ashamed […]

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AV? No Ta

The 2009 Labour conference was supposed to be my moment of glory. As an electoral reform campaigner, I’d been invited to speak at a big fringe meeting, and I’d prepared a tub-thumping rabble-rousing speech, guaranteed to instil in the faintest of hearts the passion I felt about the injustices of the current electoral system. Surely, […]

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An interesting result in the Barnsley Central by election saw the Liberal Democrats slump from second place to sixth, and lose their deposit in the process. This is exactly what Nick Clegg is afraid of at the next General Election, and is the reaon why he is so keen to introduce the new voting system […]

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In a Telegraph piece last week Michael Gove wrote I was in the Far East last month, to see what I could learn … I am happy to confess I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China. Like Chairman Mao, we’ve embarked on a Long March to […]

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Euro trash

In their general election manifesto, the Tories promised a raft of legislation to protect British sovereignty from the ogres in Brussels. It was a purely political move, designed to mop up a few right-wing votes. In practical terms it is largely meaningless; if sovereignty is transferring anywhere, it is from Parliament to the Government, given […]

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While many CLP’s have been able to have a bit of a break from full-on campaigning since the General Election, in Tower Hamlets the activists haven’t stopped. After Rushanara Ali’s triumphant win in Bethnal Green & Bow, there was then a referendum on whether to have an elected mayor. The people said yes, so then […]

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Fellow Open Rights Group volunteer and Green Party Councillor Jason Kitkat has just been cleared, after a bizarre series of allegations were made against him by a fellow councillor. Jason is a councillor in Brighton and Hove, where public council meetings are also webcast, and the recordings made available for download on the council’s web […]

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