Today (1/11/21) Cambridge students and local activists united to demand that the university sever its ties to the arms industry, which for the sake of profit is contributing to the deaths of innocents all over the world. The SU Ethical Affairs Campaign, Cambridge Defend Education, the Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Society, and the Amnesty International Society … Continue reading SUPPORT THE DEMILITARISE CAMPAIGN!
What next for the British Left? Prospects Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party between 2015-2019 represented a great hope for the cause of peace and justice. The popularity of Labour’s policies throughout the period, and its strong showing in the 2017 general election, indicate a powerful desire for radical changes in the distribution of wealth … Continue reading Prospects and Setbacks
Two weeks ago the University of Bristol took the shameful decision to fire Professor David Miller; anyone who cares about the principle of academic freedom should oppose this crackdown on open discussion. Miller has produced important research on Israel lobby groups in the UK, and it is therefore unsurprising that supporters of Israel have engaged … Continue reading Defend Academic Freedom
The current Labour leader is a ruthless authoritarian. He has overseen the proscription of groups associated with the Labour left, suspended Jeremy Corbyn (who he still refuses to return the whip to), fired Rebecca Long-Bailey from the Shadow Cabinet for retweeting an interview in The Independent, and recently attempted to destroy the democracy that remains … Continue reading On Keir Starmer
How the British State Advantages the Rich Talal Hangari and Tom Zundel The majority of the British political establishment in both parties is dedicated to serving the interests of elites. While this political aim can be understood through a variety of lenses, taxation offers a useful entry point for building an understanding of Britain’s institutions … Continue reading Taxation in an Oligarchy
Distinguished scientist Raymond Pierrehumbert, the lead author of the IPCC’s third assessment report, warned in 2019 that ‘it’s time to panic’ about the climate crisis. Those words only ring truer with the publication of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in line with unanimous scientific opinion, points out that this is … Continue reading CLIMATE EMERGENCY
The political dissident is an important component of any democracy. People must have the right to challenge their leaders, no matter how uncomfortable that process might be. Thus we in the West today honour independent voices, with one major caveat: they should only target our enemies and their crimes. Take the case of Alexei Navalny, … Continue reading Treatment of Assange Highlights Western Hypocrisy
On accepting a knighthood: Titles are but nick-names, and every nick-name is a title. The thing is perfectly harmless in itself; but it marks a sort of foppery in the human character, which degrades it. It reduces man into the diminutive of man in things which are great, and the counterfeit of woman in things … Continue reading Some words from Tom Paine
An archive of my published articles https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/20436 https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/20829 https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/20951 https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/21177 https://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/why-we-should-drop-the-ihra-definition-of-antisemitism/ https://tribunemag.co.uk/2021/06/i-was-expelled-from-cambridge-university-labour-club-for-disagreeing-with-the-ihra https://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/theresa-mays-shameful-record/ https://www.varsity.co.uk/opinion/21837 https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/article/back-to-basics/ https://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/barring-extradition-on-mental-health-concerns-assange-extradition/ https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/article/too-little-too-late/ https://www.varsity.co.uk/comment/23462 https://www.sublationmag.com/post/no-contest-of-ideas https://labourhub.org.uk/2022/09/16/the-trajectory-of-liz-truss/ https://labourhub.org.uk/2022/10/13/churchill-behind-the-myth/
The short answer is no. At this point in time the Labour Party remains the only viable opposition to an increasingly destructive and rapacious Conservative government. This is a natural consequence of our electoral system: first past the post systematically disadvantages third parties. A more democratic system of proportional representation would allow a far greater … Continue reading Should progressives leave the Labour Party?