Submission to Lord Walney

BY NIGEL BEAN Below follows Nigel Bean’s submission to Lord Walney’s independent review into political violence and disruption: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide information and views into the rise of extremism. The independent review appears to be heavily biased towards far left and right wing extremism, both of which are largely unwanted side effects of our political system and sensible politicians … Continue reading Submission to Lord Walney

Tory Recruitment Deficiencies Laid Bare

BY ALEXIA JAMES Last week’s election results were a shot in the arm for the Conservative Party. Hartlepool was a great success while gaining Northumberland Council was also a positive step forward – in 2017, the Tories had lost overall control of the council. Glen Sanderson, Conservative leader of Northumberland County Council, said he believed the party had “steady” and “solid” leadership following a turbulent … Continue reading Tory Recruitment Deficiencies Laid Bare

Election Blues

BY PAUL NEWALL I don’t know about you, but I was quite disappointed at the Tory landslide victory on the 6th of May, not because I’ve returned to my Bolshevik roots, more that for the first time in over 20 years we have no meaningful opposition and that isn’t healthy for our democracy. In 1997, Tony Blair found himself standing on a Labour landslide with … Continue reading Election Blues

Message for Keith

The Labour Party was formed to support the working classes, not the upper-middle-dinner-party-chattering classes of North London. The people aren’t terribly impressed with your work at the CPS, ignoring calls to charge Jimmy Savile, suppressing prosecutions of organised mass paedophilic rape gangs and representing various criminals in expensive cases against the British government and people over the years. We’re also not awfully impressed at your ‘taking … Continue reading Message for Keith

How to Beat the SNP on Thursday

BY EFFIE DEANS I haven’t been writing much about the Scottish Parliament election lately. This is for a number of reasons. I am not very interested in election campaigning. I’m better at political argument. I have minimal interest in the peculiarities of the electoral system where we have one vote for the constituency and one vote for the list. It strikes me as overly complex … Continue reading How to Beat the SNP on Thursday

Scream

BY ANDREW MOODY “What’s your favourite scary movie?” For those who became sentient in the rock and roll nineties, not even the re-releases of A Clockwork Orange, and The Exorcist in 1999 could compete with horror masterpiece Scream (1996), and it’s extraordinary, enormous influence. One of my deepest regrets (along with knowing the ending of Hitchcock’s Psycho), is allowing my sister to tell me the … Continue reading Scream