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  • Keir Starmer: Labour Aristocracy
    Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer: “I don’t think there is a case for re-joining the EU…that is not realistic” Originally tweeted by BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) on January 10, 2021. On Sunday 10th January, Keir Starmer turned his back on a large group of people that voted for him in the leadership elections. Remain-backing Labour members all over the country will be upset by the news that Labour will not be campaigning for the UK to re-join the EU or for the return of freedom of movement. Whilst I agree with Starmer that it is unrealistic to push theseContinue reading “Keir Starmer: Labour Aristocracy”
  • Shove your ‘Hot Take’
    Is anybody else tired? I certainly am. Following the threat to democracy, the ‘coup’, the backlash of populism (and any other over inflated name you want to give it) in the United States on Wednesday, all I have seen online so far are personal hot takes. These have mainly been poor interpretations of what was clearly a bunch of losers, to steal an insult from Trump, being allowed to storm the Capitol building by the police. However, with endless comparisons with Black Lives Matter (we know the US state apparatus is racist, although it is a good pointContinue reading “Shove your ‘Hot Take’”
  • What is a ‘Good Immigrant’?
    Today Pablo Iglesias welcomed the decision to give James Rhodes, a British Pianist and activist, Spanish nationality. With Rhodes only having been in the country for four years, he would be six short of getting the passport if it had not been gifted to him. Whilst respecting his activist work (which I do), some feel that this special treatment is unfair when compared to other migrants. However, opening up the conversation around immigration is welcome. The method however is questionable. Giving a reward for being a good immigrant leads to a discussion about what is a good orContinue reading “What is a ‘Good Immigrant’?”
  • Cultural Marxism, Covid-19 and a Broken Ideology
    On the 17th December, Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade, who is also minister for Women and Equality, gave a speech announcing the government’s new approach toward equality. As part of this announcement, the Secretary claimed that recent governments had concentrated on ‘empty gestures’ such as anti-racism and gender equality whilst ignoring class and regional inequalities. She says that this fresh approach will be based on conservative values and not identity politics. As part of their plan to combat inequality, the government has come up with several proposals on how to do this. The mainContinue reading “Cultural Marxism, Covid-19 and a Broken Ideology”
  • Coronavirus: A Test For Europe
    The European Union will not survive coronavirus unless it evolves. To do that it must break its own rules
  • Book Review: Fully Automated Luxury Communism
    By Aaron Bastani Published by Verso, 2019 The truth is I had been waiting for this book for a long time, as an avid viewer of Novara media this made me, not only intrigued but also sceptical about this book. As anyone that follows Novara media may well know, the pundits are a bit of a mixed bag on political analysis which is a good thing. However, I have often wondered if they ‘toe and agreed line’ when it comes to having an opinion on bigger Labour issues.  Many on the left were shocked how the Novara crewContinue reading “Book Review: Fully Automated Luxury Communism”
  • How Communists Helped Establish Democracy in Spain
    At 10:30 pm on the 24th January 1977 eight lawyers were working late at the offices of Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), one of Spain’s trade unions which was set up by the Spanish Communist Party. At the time Spain was in the middle of a temperamental transition from Franco’s dictatorship to democracy. Many people were tense due to the possible collision between right- and left-wing groups. They feared it would bring back another form of autocratic rule. With a ring of the doorbell, two young men walked into the office block of the union with sub-machine guns, whilst a third person cut theContinue reading “How Communists Helped Establish Democracy in Spain”
  • The History of Spain and Covid-19: Rinse and Repeat
    If not having a functioning government in 2019 wasn’t enough drama for the Spanish population, then the introduction of Covid-19 would make up for it. Spanish society has revolved around political crisis since the turn of the 20th century. Being a late bloomer when it comes to industrialisation and the growing of a middle class, Spain has made up for lost time. It has been marked with public dramas that engross the entire country. Two dictatorships, the falls of kings and a civil war are only the start, health pandemics, economic downturns and strikes are also included. For anyoneContinue reading “The History of Spain and Covid-19: Rinse and Repeat”
  • Lockdown diaries: Alan, writer & former psychiatric nurse (UK) — Naked Madrid
    Originally published at http://www.nakedmadrid.com on March 25, 2020. It’s ok to be stressed, and it’s normal to be losing it. Most of us are. But we are doing it together. “It’s ok to be stressed, and it’s normal to be losing it. Most of us are. But we are doing it together,” says Alan, who used to be a psychiatric nurse back in the UK. Now a writer and English teacher here in Madrid, he’s struggling to use this time to finish his book about modern day Spain. It’s hard to concentrate. He’s also observed that the grey pollution cloud aboveContinue reading “Lockdown diaries: Alan, writer & former psychiatric nurse (UK) — Naked Madrid”
  • Abolish Eton: Ideological ideas will ruin Labour
    Socialist ideology overtakes electoral common sense. Abolish Eton shows that Labour is losing its touch.
  • Who is looking after the Nurses?
    300 nurses have died by suicide in the past seven years. This is an average of 43 nurses a year. Who is looking after the Nurses?
  • Defining the Left’s culture
    What do we mean by Left culture?
  • A Society for People, not Profits, is why we need Universal Basic Services.
    Universal Basic Services definition: the provision of sufficient free public services, as can be afforded from a reasonable tax on incomes, to enable every citizen’s safety, opportunity, and participation. Doesn’t sound too bad , does it?
  • Future Socialism— Why Socialism is Sexy Now
    Future Socialism- we need to look to the future to give home and help shape a world that we want to live in.
  • Does Spain have a problem with racism?
    Does Spain have a problem with racism?
  • Night in an Airport
    24 hours no sleep and too much time in airports.
  • Orwell in Barcelona
    George Orwell went to Barcelona in December 1936 to fight fascism. If you read Homage to Catalonia you may see the Ramblas very different.
  • Spain’s less than picturesque white coast: European slavery lives here
    When you say Costa del Sol you think of drunk Brits, and the more romantic of us may think of olive farms and flamenco. Well, this is only partly true. What about hundreds of Green houses? And Africans? Recently, I became aware of Norvara Media, a growing underground news channel that has a website, YouTube channel and bi weekly podcasts. They have been going for some time and are strong amongst the left in the UK. I always used to be sceptical of such things, echo chambers and all that, I mean how good can an underground newsContinue reading “Spain’s less than picturesque white coast: European slavery lives here”
  • Franco café and a fallen angel
    Just driving home What could be more Spanish than driving back from Granada; stopping in a no frills services station for a ‘Menu del Dia’ and then seeing one of the legendary black bull signs on the side of the motorway. Well, this was how my Sunday was going until my wife made a suggestion. We go to Casa Pepe, Ciudad Real. She told me that it was famous in this journey back to Madrid. But, what makes it different from all the other no frills Spanish Cafeterías and service stations? This is one is stuck in theContinue reading “Franco café and a fallen angel”
  • Pub series: The Great British living room.
    Last in the pub series What can I say about British pubs? Well, they are home! From your generic Wetherspoons with its 1970s carpet and flowery plates, to your local that has been in the family for generations, British pubs are irreplaceable. Many pubs have similar features, from the warmth of the sofas to the wooden floor of the back function room, most pubs have characteristics just like the people who drink in them. There are many categories of pubs, from the generic mold of a Wetherspoons, or many other chain pubs, to the individually owned public houses.Continue reading “Pub series: The Great British living room.”
  • Pub series: My new found affection for no-frills Spanish bar
    Photo from Madrid No-frills   As you may well know, there are many bars in Spain: one for every occasion and with several different names. Cafeteria, restaurante, cervecería and all the bars in between. Yet the best –and more authentic ones – have similar characteristics, though not all of them are visible. When I was living in England with my Spanish wife, she couldn’t understand, at first, the difference between and a good and bad pub. Eventually, after many visits, she came to understand the small differences in pubs, that I like. So, moving to Spain, I hadContinue reading “Pub series: My new found affection for no-frills Spanish bar”
  • Pub series: The Similar Curiosities of an Irish pub
    I’ve decided to take a small break from moaning about the Conservative party or writing of trying to survive as an Englishman in Madrid. So, I’ve decided to embark upon a series of something I consider myself to be a connoisseur and expert on. Drinking establishments. Far away from the Spanish jammon franchises and American fast food restaurants stands the cornerstone of every town in Spain, with a population of over one thousand, the Irish bar. These marvellous contraptions stand not as a sign of globalisation, but more as a of a sign of world friendliness. Many ‘authenticContinue reading “Pub series: The Similar Curiosities of an Irish pub”
  • Why joining the Labour Party is like going to the pub.
    So you arrive to a new town, where you are meant to meet a new group of people. It took you a while to find this group. You um and ah about it, but you join the group and this is your first meeting. Finally get to the destination, which was hard to find, you enter the bar and then you have to find the table. You eventually find the table, now, where to sit? Next to the smart looking teenagers? The normal looking middle aged men? The rebellious looking girls or the experienced looking woman? Or maybeContinue reading “Why joining the Labour Party is like going to the pub.”

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