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Veteran leftwing journalist. Interested in film, literature, international relations, rock, blues, jazz, history, philosophy and theology.

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No point even asking Catholics not to feel conflicted about abortion, second wave feminists to embrace every trans… https://t.co/aBFJIzSqjRIf Big Ben does bong for Brexit, ask not for whom the bell tollsThe post-Orange Book Liberal Democrats are the last free market rightwing party still standing in British politics.… https://t.co/ieSc2nnpVnI don't think Trotskyism should be proscribed in the Labour Party. And I don't think Catholic Social Teaching should be, either.It doesn't matter in which city the House of Lords is based; an unelected second chamber remains an affront to democracyIf Ed Miliband has simply let Karie Murphy stand in Falkirk in 2015, the last five years of Labour history could h… https://t.co/Oi1EmWRpCv
1/19
2020
I've got no idea who or what 'the woke liberati' are supposed to be. But it's not the left that has a problem with… https://t.co/sFXdVLWMGK
1/18
2020
To give the BBC some credit, it must be bloody difficult to find a majority Tory audience in Liverpool
1/17
2020
@LiamMacU Croppies lie down ...Zarah Sultana’s point it not that New Labour did no good things. It’s that Blair and Brown adhered to the Thatcheri… https://t.co/kkyCbRdR2T
1/16
2020
Hang on a minute. If Extinction Rebellion are 'extremists', what does that make the bastards who destroying this planet?
1/11
2020
Thornberry's 'nought out of ten for Corbyn' comments are a remarkably shoot-your-own-foot thing for a woman whose l… https://t.co/lTKIdys9QGNo organisation in the orbit of the Labour Party - whether affiliated or not - should number Holocaust deniers in i… https://t.co/sVn4361jeRStarmer would be stupid to take the Labour Party back to Blairism. And Keir Starmer is very obviously not a stupid man.It's not intellectually serious to make your membership of a political party conditional on any given individual po… https://t.co/89XgcIG8YW
1/9
2020
So Unison is endorsing Starmer and Rayner without consulting its wider membership, before the first hustings has ta… https://t.co/0DQaS2DsJYClare Short, Margaret Beckett, Diane Abbott and now Rebecca Long-Bailey. I'll tell you what really is ugly, and tha… https://t.co/JYJPtWZC58It's already apparent that the main lines of rightwing media attack on Rebecca Long-Bailey are going to be her appe… https://t.co/FoI1OXVGFC
1/8
2020
Perhaps the biggest myth about the last five years in the Labour Party is that of alleged 'Trotskyist influence', w… https://t.co/fyCvLQpdZXNot sure why the hard left is the most demonised faction in British politics. It's not us who imposed a decade of a… https://t.co/LKSLRlsobW
1/6
2020
The US now seemingly has the capability to kill anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time, for whatever reason it… https://t.co/KpvLbJeUNI @Steve_Cooke @LRCinfo @johnmcdonnellMP The problem, .@LRCinfo, is that you either knowingly posted content from a n… https://t.co/wb6WQFBMXQ
1/5
2020
@Steve_Cooke @LRCinfo @johnmcdonnellMP That post really was on the LRC page last night. I too have a screenshot. My… https://t.co/ldy4gkkeZ3
1/4
2020
What if Trump deliberately timed the Soleimani assassination to disrupt the launch of Jess Phillips' Labour leadership bid?I’m lucky enough to have known many of the big name lefties of my lifetime personally, including Foot, Benn, Scargi… https://t.co/AYo5qTAYWwRisking war in the Middle East to deflect attention from impeachment proceedings and galvanise patriotic America in… https://t.co/dKY77YSnOI
1/3
2020
Just gave my name in starbucks as 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn'. As the (Corbynista) barrista screamed out my 'name' repeatedl… https://t.co/z2K65LxI55Memo to the 'Labour needs a progressive alliance' brigade: Swinson could have backed an emergency Corbyn minority g… https://t.co/FctHNUXoT8
1/2
2019
Calling for the Labour Party to 'ditch Labourism' is like urging the Church of England to drop all that Anglicanism stuff
12/31
2019
One Labour MP is today proclaiming that anti-imperialism is 'an anti-western worldview'. Could any soi disant liber… https://t.co/1JsL2KsICT
12/29
2019
I never want to go back to the era when 'but they're slightly better than the Tories' was the only real justification for voting LabourAt the moment, I need a better reason to support Rebecca Long-Bailey than 40 years of deeply ingrained hard left factional loyalty
12/28
2019
According to a story being touted by the Guardian as an exclusive, Tom Watson admits to voting for Owen Smith inste… https://t.co/nJmtqBPEawLet's be clear, most Londoners are not privileged over most northerners. Britain's problems are all about class, not geography.
12/27
2019
First Jo Swinson firing stones at squirrels with a slingshot, now Jo Maugham QC bludgeoning foxes to death with a b… https://t.co/nNJlfn4FTw
12/26
2019
News International will never forgive Keir Starmer for making possible the prosecutions of Andy Coulson and Rebekah… https://t.co/qkjyRxm5eFThe man who ordered the execution of Jamal Khashoggi has now ordered the execution of the executionersThe hit pieces on Rebecca Long-Bailey are already relentless, and she hasn’t even formally declared her Labour lead… https://t.co/Nb6X7xIRUw
12/23
2019
What's the difference between the Labour Party and the Soviet Union after 1953? Destalinisation progressed quite ra… https://t.co/pMiLaT7Q2JI don't want 'continuity Corbynism'. I want a post-Corbynism that has learned the costly lessons of the last four years.If there's a difference between Katie Hopkins calling immigrants 'cockroaches' and Dan Hodges calling Corbyn suppor… https://t.co/ff9X8cVetJ
12/22
2019
The Murdoch press is today calling a junior Rebecca Long-Bailey staffer a 'Stalinist'. Meanwhile, a Tory MP who act… https://t.co/PL8Iq8zLsZIf Rebecca Long-Bailey runs for the Labour leadership on a ticket of show trials, forced labour camps and the invas… https://t.co/wt32qVF3aQ
12/21
2019
A million quid could establish a serious professionally-staffed self-sustaining pro-trade union hard left media out… https://t.co/5Z3reBHfez
12/19
2019
Ironically, one of the few things that Corbyn really does have in common with Lenin is that neither of them organis… https://t.co/1rAKAAngDGLittle-known fact, but in the late 1980s Keir Starmer was on the editorial board of Socialist Alternatives magazine… https://t.co/7OTLPeIU6E
12/18
2019
We live in a country in which Melanie Phillips, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Tommy Robinson are… https://t.co/OOOuUBJoFM
12/17
2019
Labour doesn't need a leader whose main claim to fame is telling a black woman to f*ck offA Cardiff University academic is under investigation for Tweeting that that Tory voters lack a social conscience. Y… https://t.co/0VMErfErVsIt's not much use for the Archbishop of Canterbury to say don't vote Labour before an election and then don't vote Tory afterwards
12/16
2019
‘The Red Wall may not be beyond repair, but won’t be rebuilt by London calling to the faraway towns’ - Yours Truly… https://t.co/B0W6yRGa1ZThe irony is, if Chuka Umunna hadn't quit the Labour Party less than a year ago, he'd now be well positioned for a… https://t.co/vB2DcEacfT
12/15
2019
In recent decades, hundreds if not thousands of socialists have been expelled by the Labour right. And not one sing… https://t.co/iqSZRspZsP
12/14
2019
Swinson could have backed an emergency Corbyn minority government and secured a second referendum in the early mont… https://t.co/cmJzkYcDyL
12/13
2019
I remember when the Tory party openly said it wanted to smash the NUM, hang Mandela, keep gay sex criminal, send im… https://t.co/nmL2WiYV8b
12/11
2019
If Boris Johnson wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary. I warn you not to be young. I warn you not to fal… https://t.co/Nl3ZWHhr1v
12/9
2019
Gordon Brown was easily the most intelligent Labour prime minister ever, and the one with the clearest commitment t… https://t.co/mtfhn4L6cc
12/7
2019
So to sum up here, eight Labour MPs have gone from 'my problem with Jeremy Corbyn is that he can't beat the Tories' to 'vote Tory'Turncoat Labour MP Joan Ryan once said: 'When I was growing up the most important figure for me was Nelson Mandela'… https://t.co/4RDriVJPw4
12/5
2019
In case you needed additional motivation to go canvassing https://t.co/sxBqtTVCdR
12/3
2019
You know which Tory candidate I'd like to see Hugh Grant campaign against? Gove, actually.
12/2
2019
Look at the Lib Dems under Jo Swinson and remember that that is what Labour could have been under Liz Kendall
12/1
2019
For me, one of the most worrying aspects of the Corbyn cult is its total rejection of core mainstream political bel… https://t.co/mR9quMP3uy
11/30
2019
Five former Labour MPs have now endorsed Boris Johnson. I guess anyone expelled for 'Red Tory' Tweets is owed an apology.
11/29
2019
Labour has promised to plant two billion trees in Britain by 2040. And that figure isn't even including the billion… https://t.co/udb6lVzTFq
11/28
2019
The biggest weakness of the Corbyn movement is that it is too ideologically fuzzy and doesn't have a cadre. Hence t… https://t.co/HSxmdIkvqt
11/26
2019
I'm at that stage of the election where I swing between 'we're totally f*cked, Johnson's gonna get a landslide' and… https://t.co/a7lYGi6XDCTo be fair, 40 fictitious hospitals staffed by 19,000 fictitious nurses is the kind of political offer we've come t… https://t.co/dnMAvVx7w8
11/25
2019
I've always been a strong defender of the BBC as the world's best broadcaster. And it's precisely because of that t… https://t.co/mxuwkIoPCA
11/24
2019
Hi .@joswinson, here's a Tweet from the man your party is asking me to vote for as Lib Dem candidate in Hackney Nor… https://t.co/l6TonVmOci
11/23
2019
Liz Truss says she doesn't want to politicise social care. After the way my late mother was treated, I bloody well do.
11/21
2019
What's the difference between Laura Kuenssberg and a tightrope walker? A tightrope walker's livelihood depends on h… https://t.co/IJLDbgXNVDCharlie Kennedy was a better Lib Dem leader pissed than Jo Swinson is soberThe Arcuri affair is not about a tawdry Saturday night dalliance with coked-up rent boys, downloading porn onto a H… https://t.co/xcnPCNMWZj
11/18
2019
Another key difference between the Bolsheviks and Labour is that Lenin and Trotsky both had their own private train… https://t.co/DXOUad9rMpAn Observer editorial this morning has backed the coup in Bolivia. If that country's white supremacist, Christian f… https://t.co/5uPmxv3Ng9I'm well-versed in both British and Russian political history, and it needs to be stressed that there are important… https://t.co/rfzO2Ec5xN
11/17
2019
£7.6m in taxpayer cash for the restoration of a Rees-Mogg family stately home. Anybody got a figure for how much pu… https://t.co/O3zviY29BF
11/16
2019
Another good thing about Labour's universal broadband offer is that Damian Green will be able to work from home
11/15
2019
If workers cannot withdraw their labour, they're not employees, they are slaves. #Solidarity with #CWU.
11/13
2019
What's the difference between Switzerland and Laura Kuenssberg? Nobody ever questioned Switzerland's neutralityPerhaps the number one best possible way to help Britain's armed forces is not to send them into illegal wars on th… https://t.co/tHoXNyaghX
11/11
2019
Remember when Newsnight photoshopped Corbyn wearing a Russian hat, against the backdrop of the Kremlin? It'll no do… https://t.co/HZJH9yPOAEWhen Tony Cliff wrote State Capitalism in Russia, he probably never envisaged the day when the Conservative Party w… https://t.co/HNpo0xUduU
11/10
2019
OK, is it just me, or is it a little odd for the Greens to get into bed with a party whose leader's major donors include a fracking company?Ian Austin could have asked people not to vote. He could have asked them to spoil their ballot papers, perhaps by s… https://t.co/MQbjSgtfa8
11/7
2019
Hearing that Theresa May has launched a new career as an inspirational speaker makes me realise that maybe I should… https://t.co/AdlGAIycD91996: Tony Blair branded a Stalinist https://t.co/d1KsdhOPcr 2007: Gordon Brown branded a Stalinist… https://t.co/LBASwpUsCiWhat's more Stalinist than doctoring videos to discredit political opponents?
11/6
2019
Does Jacob Rees-Mogg have any opinion on the common sense of the Tory council that deliberately clad a social housi… https://t.co/ah3FwoX8P0
11/5
2019
Electoral wins for the left in Mexico, Bolivia, Argentia, massive left-led street protests in Chile and Ecuador; La… https://t.co/6cThqfPtcpI've got an idea. After Iain Duncan Smith is voted out next month, let's make him wait until 75 before he gets a pe… https://t.co/bxOpNX9Mzt
11/4
2019
I know it's a long shot, but maybe Jo Swinson would consider standing down all Lib Dem candidates if Labour promise… https://t.co/kKVCsvYyj1It's tactically wrong for parties of the centre-left to criticise billionaires, because zero-hour contract workers,… https://t.co/ZnqZf26hjq
11/1
2019
Jo Swinson is qualitatively to the right of Thorpe, Steel, Ashdown, Kennedy, Campbell and Cable, and probably even… https://t.co/2c9ejyUOkwIn 1997, 2001 and 2005, I voted New Labour, despite the blatantly corrupt trade in honours, endless paeans of prais… https://t.co/3myty9FcMPI'm a prominent advocate of tactical voting. The best tactic is to vote Labour everywhere.
10/31
2019
The Lib Dems should demand a high price for giving Boris Johnson the general election he craves. At the very, very… https://t.co/xxcD49zSY9
10/28
2019
Misidentifying bodies found dead in the back of a truck as Chinese rather than Vietnamese is a clear modern iterat… https://t.co/etX6o7KyQZ
10/26
2019
Rory Stewart is so obviously desperate for London street cred, I'm surprised he hasn't taken to campaigning in a Pearly King jacket
10/25
2019

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