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But where were they when it mattered? In June and July 2003, Christopher Smith of Islington and I strained our utmost, as retired left-wing lawyers, to find some way of instigating legal action to get the infamous Iraq invasion declared illegal – we searched every option, every legal byway. It was quite clear that, as a matter of law, none of his defences worked: this is what I wrote at the time.
And now I am told that the gurus of Whitehall shared the same views, all the time! Big, big deal. They were no doubt all looking after their careers and their pensions.
Touch of Class
the power of social class weakening, in English society?
The Shaming of Labour
As we doughty Labour loyalists gear up to fight the 10 June Elections, this uncritical lovey-dovey relationship between Bush and Blair sticks in our gullets. Blair, having never understood the Labour Party, has left us without values to fight for, without a vision of society to endow that pavement-pounding drudgery.
Why Bremer must go...
"This is a
Well - No it isn't, actually. We are simply having to deal with the consequences of a sordid, misjudged post-Imperial military adventure. I agree that we have no option but to stay with the Americans and sort it out: on that, I have clearly stated my position.
Council Election Special
The countdown for the 10 June Council elections has started. I have been adopted as the prospective Labour candidate for Swansea's Oystermouth Ward, in Mumbles - if you are a fellow political activist, follow my -
The Fabians are a great, enlightened Left-Wing political community some 7,000-strong - and we have many skills among our number.
Left Activists' Corner
I have three moderately-left political projects to engage your interest, in 2004 - nothing too revolutionary, you understand - and for your delight I retain the Royal Mail stamps for February, which are light-hearted and good fun...
Footnote I love the online newspapers, which
are my access to the world - share them with me - click through to their
here - I have added the English-language China Daily ... and I now
offer you the leading English-language Indian paper The Hindu.
They are all just
a click away. I
enjoy dipping into informed US West Coast chat, always up to
the minute, which can be found at
I love the online newspapers, which are my access to the world - share them with me - click through to their here - I have added the English-language China Daily ... and I now offer you the leading English-language Indian paper The Hindu.
They are all just a click away.
I enjoy dipping into informed US West Coast chat, always up to the minute, which can be found at www.metafilter.com.
"Let the people have the final say". That's what the man said, in the Commons on Tuesday. And that's all the man said. He did not promise a "referendum". He is keeping open the possibility of calling a General Election, on Britain's place in Europe. And for good measure, he used precisely the same words in his letter to loyal Labour Party members like myself - which I give you in full, word for word.
I am, of course,
This time, to the Cardiff Fabians. Last Thursday they had the courage to debate the End of Drugs Prohibition. I was their speaker - wearing my hat as promoter and secretary of the pro-reform Angel Declaration.
I can testify that very
few Labour groups display the
same courage. We have eight Labour MPs openly committed to
legalisation as signatories to the
Dr Jim Sharp is a dedicated campaigner. The Stapleford cases are currently attracting his attention. His campaign is against the General Medical Council. He makes a devastating case against the Council's wrongful and abusive intervention in matters of drug prescribing. Parliament assigned the jurisdiction specifically to a specialist Misuse of Drugs Tribunal, but that has proved a dead letter. The GMC is said to have stepped into the breach, with devastating and abusive consequences.
Home Office administration is in disarray, over the 1 May switch to the new Workers Registration Scheme, for EU Citizens. My heart is being broken this week, by trying to help a Polish family who originally (three years ago, in 2000) claimed asylum by virtue of criminal, Mafia-type attacks in Poland. The complaints were eventually (in 2001) held to be too weak to justify the grant of asylum.
The couple, with two young daughters have been allowed to stay in the UK ever since, barred from working but receiving minimal "Asylum Support" from the Home Office. Three weeks ago, Immigration Officers arrived unannounced at their home and told them they would have to leave for Poland straight away - even though Poland would be entering the EU on 1 May.
No Man's Land
Some of our "Swansea" dispersed asylum-seekers are Iraqis, terrified of enforced "repatriation" to a country at war. They will warmly welcome the Government's decision to suspend the Iraqi Repatriation Programme. But that is not enough. They must be given the right to find a job, and get on with their lives.
Quite a Cobber!
I've heard again from the tough-talkin' Australian Mike Davis (this is not Mike Davis, just how imagine him...) And this time, he gives his full address. Mike has strong views, and some of them intolerant to our ears - views which no self-respecting Welsh Liberal Socialist like me would be caught dead with! But his arguments rollick along with great punch and tenacity - and if he provokes you, let me know what you think. I love his image of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony with an ethnic-minority majority...!
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