Starmer is doing everything wrong that Kinnock did wrong

Brilliant analysis by Martin of Labour Right Wing… a must read

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by Martin Odoni

One of the worst failings of political debate in this country is that fallacious reasoning, including macho stubbornness, often overrides ordinary logic, and Occam’s Razor is frequently substituted with confirmation bias.

The Labour Party leader of much of the 1980s, Neil Kinnock, was a superlative example of this attitude. He had come to the leadership in place of Michael Foot, after the calamity of the 1983 General Election, which saw Labour’s vote plummet, and the Tories score a landslide 144-seat majority. Kinnock, a Welsh coal-miner’s son and a staunch left-winger up to this point, deserted almost every single one of his principles within days of winning the leadership. He lurched firmly to the right, having been convinced that the reason Labour lost the Election was that Foot had been ‘too left wing’ in his policy platform.

Not left, not right, just general chaos the real problem


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I’ve had enough. My long Covid nightmare continues.

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The poor side of life

Dear readers and subscribers, you I get have realised that Ive been pretty much out of action this past week. I apologise for this, I feel awful about it and I hope that it doesn’t happen again.

Ive been struggling to get through this last rebound due to needing more meds and waiting for them to be processed.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m feeling pretty low at the moment. This past year has been a complete nightmare and so far it doesn’t appear to be easing.

My health is pretty rubbish at the moment, it takes me much longer to do tasks that I didn’t used to think about. My daughters more than fed up with me being ill and I do feel like I am to blame for this. Being a single parent is tough when you’re ill.

Yesterday I learnt that the support that I was getting…

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What is the real reason the USA, Europe and Britain keep defending Israel?

An in-depth look as to why the West & especially the UK will not denounce the murderous apartheid regime of Israel.

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by Martin Odoni

It seems that nothing the Israeli Government ever does to the Palestinians will meet with meaningful condemnation from Western Governments. So long as the theft of Palestinian land is done quietly and in small slices, and so long as summary killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers are done just a few at a time, the USA, Britain, France, Germany etc will turn ‘Nelson’s Eye‘.

It must be something of a mystery to the people of the former Palestine themselves. Why do the West keep letting them get away with it? they can hardly be blamed for asking. Is it racism? Is it because Israelis are ‘whiter’ than Arabs?

To be honest, racism may well play a role in the thinking of many, but more so in Israel than outside. In international terms, the real reason Israel gets away with so much is far more a…

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Starmer’s ‘chest-thumper’ plan is patronising in the extreme

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by Martin Odoni

That the Labour Party needs to win back support in the doubtfully-named ‘Red Wall’ is hardly a secret. Without the backing of lost seats in its former Heartlands across the north of England and Wales, it seems like only a total inversion of British politics, of the type seen in the USA in the 1930s, would be the sole path back to power i.e. by moving further to the right even than the Conservatives and stealing Tory Heartland seats.

North and north-west England before the 2019 General Election. More a red splodge than a red wall, but it was also far less permanent in a lot of places than the mainstream media wanted us to think

Unfortunately, yet another in the very long list of failings in the current Labour Party leader has been exposed this week. Plans were leaked of what Keir Starmer will be using…

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#QQTStarmer is our chance to let Keir Starmer know what we think of him

Martin is spot on we must do all we can to rid the cancer that is Starmer and his cohorts out of the Labour Party, let’s make him uncomfortable

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by Martin Odoni

(What just about passes for) the current leader of the Labour Party, ‘Sir’ Keir Starmer, is attending an online event on Thursday this week. It is organised by the charity My Life My Say, and is being hosted by Munya Chawawa and Swarzy Macaly, and the main focus of the conversation will be how to engage young people in politics.

Now, some people might argue that there is an ugly irony in Starmer taking part in any event that attempts to engage people in politics. After all, he and his fraudulent colleagues on the right wing of the Labour Party have spent the last five years trying to disengage from politics, and marginalise, hundreds of thousands of people.

Wouldn’t it be horrible if anyone asked him why he has abandoned the ten pledges he made to become Labour leader without calling a fresh leadership election, or…

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I despise the BBC with every breath in my body.

Musical Matters...

The 1980s were more than half-way through when I first began to realise that, far from being the ‘glorious national treasure’ of (self-created) legend, the BBC was in fact a collapsing sewer system that stank to heaven. And, if memory serves, it was in 1988 that I posted off my first ever ‘BBC complaint’ — which means that it has been literally 32 years since I discovered the level of sheer contempt with which the UK’s national broadcaster views the criticisms of those who pay for it.

Inevitably, perhaps, it was the BBC’s intensifying maltreatment of the classical music repertoire which provoked that first letter — my sensitivity to outrageously bent news took slightly longer to develop — and I well remember my astonishment at the pompous, snotty arrogance of the dismissive reply that came back from a senior producer whose name I actually knew and respected.

Nowadays, of…

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No Going Back


It’s the middle of the night and I sit up choking. I’m drowning, as thoughts flood my mind. Waking, drenched in perspiration, and in a state of panic, I gasp for breath. I’m momentarily reliving the moment a ligature tightens around my neck, slowly squeezing life from me.

As I sink into unconsciousness, I’m discovered by a nurse. The incident has been filed in the deep recesses of my mind. It is not something I choose to readily recall, and which I have never publicly shared. I surmise you may understand why.

It was when I had become so unwell that I had been admitted to a secure psychiatric ward to keep me safe, and to help me recover. Ironically it did neither. And it is a place, and a time, I have vowed I will never, ever, go back to – I will do whatever I have…

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