27 Jul 2013
July 27, 2013

Exporting Gay Marriage to Africa


UK prime minister David Cameron has said he wants to export gay marriage to the developing world, notably to Commonwealth states in Africa.  He’s quite right to be proud of the new UK gay marriage legislation, yet it’s worth considering the issue through the other end of the telescope, from an African perspective. It’s illegal.. read more →

20 Jul 2013
July 20, 2013

SAS problems look under-reported

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I wrote the blogpost below last week.  It’s emerged that another TA soldier has died as a result of the same TA SAS selection walk.  It now seems that 6 soldiers were either killed or seriously injured on the same exercise. There’s a reorganisation (Times, paywall) of the regular (22) SAS going on; I think this.. read more →

19 Jul 2013
July 19, 2013

SOCA, Lawyers, Hacking

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I wrote the post below a few days ago.  It’s being reported today (1 Aug) that the chair of SOCA has resigned owing to a conflict of interest.  It’s also emerged that he had another, insane really, conflict of interest – his wife works for a private investigations agency. He hadn’t thought that was a problem,.. read more →

17 Jul 2013
July 17, 2013

The ‘Tory press’


I’ve noticed an uptick in pejorative references by Labour supporters to ‘the Tory press’.  I wonder what that signifies? Labour’s been engaged in a war against the Murdoch papers for some time, obviously.  The hacking business seems to have morphed into a general hatred of a number of titles. So the Sun, The Sun on.. read more →

12 Jul 2013
July 12, 2013

Jennie From The Bloc

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Jennie Formby’s – @JennieUnite – tweets are a blast, even if that’s not how they’re meant.  Interestingly, they bluntly lay out her politics and give a useful insight into a particular kind of mindset. Jennie’s most recent tweets are RTs of Morning Star pieces, whose editorial policy is that of the Communist Party of Britain… read more →

11 Jul 2013
July 11, 2013

Why Unions are Quiet on MPs Pay


‘People’, it’s being reported, are angry at MPs about their proposed future pay-rise.  This is in spite of the fact that most reports make it clear that, in response to pubic demand, MPs some time ago gave away their powers to set their own pay to a quango called IPSA. Are the angry people thick?.. read more →

Ed Miliband’s speech yesterday had 3 components.  First was the well-received (in Labour circles) idea that trades union members should choose whether or not their subs go to the Labour Party. Second, it was made clear that a primary would be used to select Labour’s London mayoral candidate and suggested that it might be used.. read more →

Last week, Len McCluskey, The General Secretary of Unite, made a big play of sending out a letter to, he said,  all Unite members in Falkirk West (Unite’s still unable to distinguish Falkirk the Westminster Constituency from Falkirk West the CLP).  The purpose of the letter was to criticise the Labour Party for putting the.. read more →

08 Jul 2013
July 8, 2013

Falkirk Labour; a couple of facts

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Worth commenting, I think, on John Harris’ and Owen Jones’ pieces in, respectively, the Guardian and Independent, today. Harris’ thoughtful Guardian piece refers to declining membership in Constituency Labour Parties like Falkirk across the UK. I don’t know about elsewhere, but in 1999 when I was CLP Secretary in Falkirk West paid-up membership was around.. read more →

Michael Crick, of Channel 4 News, is tweeting (@michaellcrick) what appears to be content from Labour’s report on Falkirk.  He also seems to have had a conversation with at least one of the potential candidates. He’s a great digger, so perhaps there’ll be some more tweets coming along soon. The essence of his early tweets,.. read more →