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Unhelpful things lefties shouldn't say part 3

Part 3 of this 3 part series. Here are parts 1 and 2. This part is about probably the most common thing my fellow lefties get irate about, but in a way I think is unhelpful. 1,101 more words


James is now destitute following a sanction: 'It's bully boy tactics', he says.

A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. 525 more words


Liberty, socialism and hypocrisy

It is because we live in a free society – economically free anyway (we know our freedom of speech, right to demonstrate and freedom of association have been taken away from us by overweening government) – that we live in a capitalist society – because that is what generates the surplus that frees us of the burden of being subsistence farmers. 374 more words

Not such a monstrous regiment


Lewes, as this blog has previously pointed out, tends on occasion towards the alternative or controversial – which is fine by me. So, no surprise that this past weekend’s Lewes Speakers Festival featured contributions from, or about, Peter Hain, Edward Snowden, Polly Toynbee and Jonathan Meades. 1,072 more words