Blog Archives

The Poppy And Other Acts Of Remembrance

Poppy seeds can lie dormant in the ground for a long time. If the ground is disturbed from the early spring the seeds will germinate and the poppy flowers will grow. This is what happened during the First World War

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Nationalism, Remembrance, Uncategorized

Dressing To The Right (Again)

Tagged with: ,
Posted in Nationalism, Politics

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Hypocrisy

We should all unequivocally condemn the Charlie Hebdo killings as crimes of fascism. That’s what muslim fundamentalists are. That is their ideology. It is visible in their strategy. They should not be placated or made allowances for – ever. But

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Religion

Will We Ever End This Cycle Of Brutality?

No-one can look at the pictures of David Haines with his baby daughter or at the picture of him grim-faced and kneeling in his orange boiler suit, knowing he will never see his daughter again, never be there to comfort

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Religion

Will You Salute The Curtains Or The Tablecloth?

While Scottish Independence is largely a matter for the Scottish people that’s not to say I don’t have a view – even if it is one of considered indifference. While Conservatives are at once both horrified at the break up of

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Class, Nationalism, Politics, Power

Pointless Polarisation Serves No-one

The notion of history to legitimise nation states is fallacious. The stability of national boundaries and even nations themselves is more often counted in decades than centuries so to delve back into history to justify national boundaries requires a selective

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Religion

This Machine Runs On Blood

The shooting down of the Malaysian Airliner was a tragic and avoidable waste of human life but for the US and Europe to use it to ramp up more anti-Russian rhetoric is hypocrisy of the highest order. Hillary Clinton, already

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Nationalism, Politics

YOUR England Can Never Be OUR England

YOUR England is a place of inequality; of fear, hate and abuse; of institutionalised sexism and exploitation of women: A place where it is better to blame the victim than to stand up to the bully; A place where workers

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Culture, Nationalism, Politics

D-Day – And Every Day

In the 1930s and 40s our fathers and grandfathers fought fascism on the streets of London – and then went off to fight it overseas. Most of them didn’t like to talk about it much. They wanted the country to

Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Power, Remembrance

Oh, For Christ’s Sake!

When the christian right (for it is always them) complain that they are a persecuted minority, they should be reminded of the past week when David Cameron, Nigel Farage, Jack Straw and God-knows-who-else have all been falling over themselves to

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Nationalism, Politics, Religion