BY PAUL NEWALL Some years ago, when the Blair government was trying to create an ID card system, I had a role that touched on alcohol sales. An ID system could – on the face of it – be used to remove most doubts about the legality of alcohol sales (only the buyer’s sobriety was left to be judged by the vendor) so it could … Continue reading Slippery Slopes
BY PAUL NEWALL I don’t usually approve of celebs getting involved in politics. Their Rockstar lifestyles are usually incompatible with those of the general public, but they do have an effect on their fans. When politicised stars like Saint Bono or Lilly Allen preach to the crowd they manage to successfully pass on their globalist message to a throng of devotees. The last few months … Continue reading Celebs in Politics?
BY PAUL NEWALL The reopening of pubs on Saturday put me in mind of a 4th of July from several years ago, when I hit the town with a guy I went to school with. I’d offered to take him out because he was what would be termed these days as an InCel (involuntary celibate). I thought I could help him with his confidence issues … Continue reading The Xi Virus
BY PAUL NEWALL The memes about PC police are many and varied. The British police services have been jumping through hoops for a couple of decades to reinvent themselves as inclusive – embracing diversity. The online comedians have made hay with rainbow-painted patrol cars and epaulettes, with female officers being dry-humped at the Notting Hill carnival and some officers getting sent out for duty on … Continue reading Please, Back to Basics
BY PAUL NEWALL I spent a great deal of time in the US just after the turn of the century and I’ve followed the political scene there very closely ever since, what we are seeing there is a mirror of what has been happening here for a couple of decades and they’ve managed to get there from a completely different starting point. In Europe, the … Continue reading America Burning
BY PAUL NEWALL These days our headlines seem to be filled with angry females, from a tearful Greta Thunberg lecturing the UN on how we’re all doomed – to Jess Phillips virtually lapel-strangling Boris Johnson in the House of Commons. The late Jo Cox even cropped up in a Commons debate where we were told that the language of Brexiteers was endangering lives. Of course … Continue reading The Left is Lost
BY PAUL NEWALL Back in the days when I was eyeing a political career, I was sent on a couple of Labour Party day schools for aspiring local government candidates by my local Labour constituency association. One of the tutors was an incorruptible lifelong public servant who emphasised the importance of volunteerism, he’d been a town clerk while holding down a full-time job for decades. … Continue reading Council Investigation Unit Needed
BY PAUL NEWALL This month began with a seismic shock and I’m not talking about the LA earthquakes. Jeffrey Epstein, billionaire financier and convicted child abuser, was arrested for crimes that he had already been convicted of in 2008. At that time some people suggested that he had received a sweetheart deal having only pled guilty to one charge of child prostitution – receiving 18 … Continue reading Seismic Shocks Needed
BY PAUL NEWALL I didn’t grasp it fully when I was deeply involved as a Trotskyite, but the Left thrives on tragedy, even to the point of creating or contriving disasters in order to attain power. My first tastes of this were in the early 1980’s, first with the miners’ strike and then with Liverpool city council. The miners were a political problem for both … Continue reading Expensive Italian Shoes
BY PAUL NEWALL When I was a child, the countryside was front and centre in my life. There was Boston’s farm literally at the end of my street where I was despatched every morning with a little milk churn in hand to buy raw milk. This practice continued until my teens when my Mum got mastitis and blamed the milk (wrongly in my father’s opinion) … Continue reading Is the Countryside a Zoo?
BY PAUL NEWALL When I converted to Trotskyism, which bigly disappointed my moderate Labour-supporting father, I discovered two eternal truths: Firstly I found that I was constantly angry and dismissive of opposing views. I was right and anyone who disagreed with my sect was a class traitor with a false consciousness that had been brainwashed by the capitalist media. The second thing I discovered was … Continue reading Confessions of a Trot
BY PAUL NEWALL When I was a child and I spat out the dummy when I lost a match, my father always repeated the same mantra: “Nobody likes a bad loser, son ”. I grew to believe that a sound British trait is taking a lesson from defeat. To try harder next time. The British ideal of fair play and sportsmanship is etched irrevocably in … Continue reading Neither Liberal Nor Democrat
BY PAUL NEWALL I’m always been fascinated by organisations like Hope Not Hate (HNH), partly by how much hating they do and partly by how their political agenda is covert in the same way as the boobs of a lap dancer. It makes me wonder about the changing situation of hate in our society. If you look at propaganda posters from 1941, it would appear … Continue reading Hope Not Hate & the BBC
BY PAUL NEWALL The First Amendment of the US constitution should be adored. Granted that when the original US constitution was written, it was fanciful and flawed. Slaves for instance were regarded as two thirds of a human being which wasn’t quite as racist as you might think being as there were as many white bond slaves in this era as there were black African … Continue reading Towards a British Constitution
BY PAUL NEWALL So on Friday there was a strike by some schoolchildren in protest at climate change – and how the Guardianistas loved it. It was interesting to see Generation Meh put down their smart phones and take some interest in the world they live in for once. The motivation behind this renewed interest is somewhat more malign. If you look closely at photographs of … Continue reading Bring on the Turnips