Bring on the Drugs Revolution

BY SAM WHITE Islington Council’s widely criticised decision to shut down Fabric nightclub last year marked a low point in jobsworth state interference. The incident was reminiscent of the cat and mouse battles of the 1990s when the Pay Party Unit and the Territorial Support Group, validated by decades of shit stirring from the likes of Mary Whitehouse, attempted to forcibly straitjacket society by disrupting … Continue reading Bring on the Drugs Revolution

Rainbow Reich Rising

BY INFAMOUST I am now, at best, a disinterested observer. Fascism to me is merely a form of social movement and the rules can be applied just as easily under a rainbow flag as under a swastika… it really is little more than an aesthetic. I extrapolate, that’s my problem. I’m a pragmatic inevitablist. This truly is an uncomfortable thought. It may be one of … Continue reading Rainbow Reich Rising

Humourless

BY JAMIE FOSTER We have reached a point in time where being offended is a default reaction to anything said by a political opponent. Take the Gove example last week – on the Today programme Gove made a rather unremarkable joke about John Humphrys’ interview technique. “Sometimes I think coming into the studio with you John is a bit like going into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom, … Continue reading Humourless

Resurrecting The Citizen Politician

BY SAM HOOPER After Brexit, attracting more exceptional citizen politicians and fewer mediocre career politicians is the next crucial step towards democratic renewal in Britain. A worthwhile article by new Labour MP Laura Smith for LabourList underlines the urgent need for more politicians who look and sound like contemporary human beings rather than cautious clones who have been training to become MPs their whole life. Laura Smith writes: … Continue reading Resurrecting The Citizen Politician

The British Dream

BY MANDY BALDWIN Al Murray’s alter-ego the Pub Landlord said “There is no British Dream…. because we’re awake.” On the other hand, Theresa May has vowed to bring back the British Dream – which she defines as the hope that each generation will improve their lot compared to the previous one. Maybe she believes in that particular manifestation of a British Dream because she is … Continue reading The British Dream

Is Simon Brodkin Funny?

BY JAMIE FOSTER Theresa May’s conference speech raised an important question this year. Is Simon Brodkin funny? The prankster, also known as Lee Nelson, (the persona he adopts for television), offered her a P45 from Boris during the speech. It was, at best, a weak joke, reliant upon the embarrassment it caused for its humour.  Brodkin has staged a number of such high-profile stunts. He … Continue reading Is Simon Brodkin Funny?

“Progressive” Shouters

BY JON ALEXANDER I’m sure by now you’re all aware of a Google employee being fired for airing an opinion that wasn’t popular with his employer and the recent instance of some National Trust volunteers receiving criticism for declining to wear an LGBT lanyard. Both cases are a carefully-cultivated storm in a teacup. Whereas Google is sticking to its guns, The National Trust has backed down … Continue reading “Progressive” Shouters