Lessons of Labour’s leadership contest

corbyn-obamaJeremy Corbyn is expected to be announced the victor over his challenger, Owen Smith, in the Labour Party leadership contest today.

His re-election will be seen by many as a triumph over the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and above all the Blairites who led the McCarthyite witch-hunt to remove him. But notwithstanding such understandable sentiment, this will prove to be a Pyrrhic victory. (more…)

Former British special forces soldier investigated for possible war crimes committed in Iraq
21 October 2016
The executions of wounded soldiers as described in Colin Maclachlan’s book, even if excused as “mercy killings,” are illegal under international law.
British press witch-hunt refugee children from Calais
20 October 2016
A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.
Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks
19 October 2016
The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential con
UK education funding cuts bring schools to breaking point
19 October 2016
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.
National strike needed in Britain to defend striking Southern GTR conductors
18 October 2016
Conductors should reject the RMT’s proposal to accept new contracts.
UK: Self-employed face poverty wages and financial insecurity
17 October 2016
Self-employed individuals work two hours a week longer than employees, with more than one in 10 working 60 hours a week or more.
Western foreign ministers to meet in London to discuss Syria intervention
15 October 2016
The efforts by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to assemble a “coalition of the willing” behind military action in Syria is being led by the Labour Party.
UK: Bernard Matthews pensioners fleeced by liquidators
14 October 2016
Liquidators Rutland Partners have already pocketed £34 million, with another £5 million to come.
The Bellingcat research collective: War propaganda masquerading as “citizen journalism”
13 October 2016
Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins is employed by the Atlantic Council, a leading US geopolitical strategy think tank.
Military units established in UK state schools
13 October 2016
The UK is the only European Union country to permit 16-year-olds to join the armed forces and start military training.

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