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  • in reply to: The Left, the General Election and the Labour Party #252604
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    No mention of Socialism, then.

    in reply to: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists #252586
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    You might find FC Ball’s biography of Tressell “One of the Damned” very interesting.

    Although, I believe, some of the information Ball put forward is disputed, it is a very interesting read.

    There is also the biography of Tressell’s daughter, Tressell and the Late Kathleen: A Biographical Memoir and a Message of Hope, which adds even more information

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #252584
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    When you’re playing poker you need to look confident, even if you’ve got a shit hand. The same goes for both sides.

    in reply to: French Tensions #252582
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    12.5 x 8 = 100, so theoretically there could be 8

    in reply to: A dumbed-down populace. #252555
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    Well, look at the bright side, at least you didn’t put a bet on the SPGB putting forward two candidates, one in Clapham and one in Folkstone and Hythe.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/12/rishi-sunaks-closest-aide-placed-bet-on-election-date-days-before-announcement

    Don’t think the working class is dumbing down, but Tory MPs seem to be getting even thicker!

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #252521
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    From what I understand (and am happy to be corrected) most of the mineral wealth is in the Eastern side of the Ukraine.

    in reply to: Our General Election campaign #252462
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    From Amazon – “Jon Key was born in Cambridge in 1974 where he grew up with his mother, father, and his brother Tim. He studied engineering at Cambridge University before spending his career in a number of executive and consultancy jobs with public and private companies before running his own company.

    Along the way, Jon has taught English in China, took part in a round-the-world yacht race, and run in ten marathons. He has lived in Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America and travelled and worked across the world. He lives with his wife Ali and their four children in London.

    Jon specialises in solving critical and complex challenges for CEOs and their leadership teams. Throughout his life, he has tried to learn from his own experiences and those of others and to apply the lessons every day to new situations, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.”

    Interesting that despite being so important in the world and vital to all of us, business consultants were not included in the list of key workers needed to maintain society during the pandemic, I wonder why that was?

    Anyway even if he specialises in solving “critical and complex challenges”, he’s going to have his hands full trying to sort out capitalism.

    in reply to: General election #252454
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    Funnily enough I was going to post about Sunak and his approach to being reelected. If he’s got even a slither of a chance to pull it off, he needs to start to appeal to younger voters and also to hold on to his higher rating in the older persons groups.

    However he looks likely to have pissed off the youth with his National Service idea and also pissed off a large section of the over 85s by buggering off early from the D Day celebrations.

    I was starting to wonder if he was deliberately screwing things up to get back at the Tory backbenchers who have making his life a misery. Let’s face it he can fly off to California with his squillions and have a grand old time.

    Also was wondering if he’d thought through his National Service idea completely.

    Northern Ireland has about 20,000 young people with Nationalist leanings, can’t think they’d be enamoured with the thought of marching about in a British Army uniform and I don’t think the security forces would be that keen to have 20,000 Nationalists trained to handle guns and munitions!

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #252428
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    What does ubiquitous mean?

    Dunno, but it seems to be used everywhere these days.

    in reply to: The coming world war. #252414
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    So Putin states on behalf of the Russian capitalist class –

    “Asked whether Russia could resort to using nuclear arms, Mr Putin said the conditions for using that arsenal are clearly spelled out in Moscow’s security doctrine.

    “For some reason, they believe in the West that Russia will never use it,” he said.

    “Look at what is written there,” he said of Russia’s nuclear doctrine.

    “If somebody’s actions threaten our sovereignty and territorial integrity, we consider it possible to use all means at our disposal.”

    And this is viewed as a bad and dangerous thing (which it certainly is)

    yet when Starmer says more or less exactly the same thing on behalf of the Western capitalist class, this is seen as a good and reassuring thing. (which it certainly isn’t)

    in reply to: Labour Party facing bankruptcy #252373
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    Looking at the possible outcome of the election, with Electoral Calculus predicting a possible 362 seat Labour Majority (Labour winning 485 seats and the Tories winning just 66), Starmer and his buddies may end up with a more credible opposition within his own party.

    Even if a small group of leftist Labourites plus Corbyn, Abbot and maybe Galloway, they could become a bigger number than the Tories and therefore become the opposition but still not threaten a Labour Government.

    That might appeal to the anti Starmer wing who are sick of the way that they have been treated. They’d have five years to build a constituency and it would be no risk to them as they wouldn’t be missing out on ministerial positions (they won’t be invited) and they wouldn’t have to worry about their eventual and clearly predictable de selection in 5 years time.

    There were 31 memebers of the Socialist Campaign group in the sitting parliament, I know some are retiring, but it may be that there might be enough to get them over the 66 (it might be that the Tories get less than 66, Electoral Calculus have a possible low number of Tories at 34)

    in reply to: The coming world war. #252370
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    Don’t worry about the holocaust, L. Ron and his mates have got it covered.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna50355998

    in reply to: Election cartoons. #252301
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    How much would it cost us to get Steve Bell to do the Standard one cartoon a month

    It would be money well spent

    in reply to: Neanderthal language #252153
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    Homo Sapiens interbred with Neanderthals?

    Might explain the Reform Party

    in reply to: Our London Assembly Election Campaign #252113
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    Yet the semi feudal Russian economy of 1917 actually had developed sufficiently (as well as the political consciousness of the Russian people) to achieve a “democratic worker’s state” (their words from their pamphlet – Russia, October 1917: When workers took power).

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