Poetic reaction to US election

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Donald J Trump

Gives me the hump.

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What does Jeremy Corbyn think about the EU?

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Well, I’d like to know. We hear (or are allowed to hear) so little from him. On this issue, on which JC actually agrees with most of his MP’s apparently, and where both sides of the debate have so little of use to say to us, wouldn’t it be good if the only political leader with a working brain grabbed the opportunity to tell us where he stands?

So far, all I know is that one bunch of Tories wants to stay in and another bunch wants to leave. Given that the standard of their arguments doesn’t reach above “Yah! Up yours! So there!”, there is surely room for an intelligent voice, or one which is capable of rising above a whisper.

History is a thing of the past

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When are historians – in print or on radio or TV – going to understand that describing historical events in the present tense does not make them seem more immediate? It just makes the historians sound idiotic, and manages to alienate a goodly number of their audience. The way to bring history to life is to underline the need to learn its lessons and apply them to the present – something which the majority of our current politicians are unable to do.

History is not an entertainment. It is far more important than that.

Lemmings vote to sharpen rocks at the bottom of the cliff

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In an extraordinary demonstration of self-sacrifice, some 35% of the British electorate decided yesterday to donate their votes to the 2% of the population burdened with the responsibility of having more than enough. Marketing consultants for the ‘Screw the Poor, Feed the Rich’ campaign, through the columns of the Daily Post and The Pun, have expressed their delight at the generosity displayed.

A Mr N Clegg of sister organisation ‘Power at All Costs’ said he was too busy just now, counting the cost. He had, however, been ‘happy to help’ in the build-up to the campaign.

Meanwhile, spokespeople for other leading groups had little to say. Mr E Miliband, formerly of ‘Adopt a Banker’ was now actively engaged in seeking a new executive director for the long-standing charity ‘Poverty of Ideas’. North of the border, we caught up with the senior partners in the successful advertising firm of Salmond & Sturgeon, just filling their boats in readiness for a long holiday, who contented themselves with a cryptic ‘Told you so’.

A Mr N Farage, leading light of the ‘Don’t Care in the Community’ movement, was thought to be crying into his beer.

Commenting on the outcome of the campaigns, our editor, reclusive author Brian Crooks, said: ‘Oh, dear. Oh, dear; oh, dear; oh, dear. Oh, shit’.

Labour must remember why it was created

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Labour came into being to be the party of and for the working class. Of course it is ludicrous to suggest that UKIP represents the interests of working people. We only need to look at where its leaders and its money come from. But UKIP can represent working class – and others’ – prejudices. We all suffer from prejudices but they are only likely to flourish in a vacuum. And Labour has allowed a massive vacuum to develop by its constant efforts to placate the press and the middle-classes and turn itself into another Tory Party. Labour will win nothing by sounding ‘tough’ on immigration or the EU. It cannot compete in that bullring. How does UKIP win support? By Farage etc. saying what they mean – even if it is meaningless. Labour must work to remember what it means (history provides plenty of guidance; or look up ‘socialism’ in a dictionary) and then start saying it again – loudly enough so that its old supporters can hear it over the whines of the Sun, the Daily Mail and so on. And it must do it before it is too late.

What do M&S and Labour have in common?

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1) Both deserted their loyal supporters years ago and now wonder why their loyal supporters are deserting them. 2) Too much packaging.

Biting Back

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Although not surprising, it is sad to see the Daily Mail continuing its long history of attacks on the Labour movement and its members (see, for example, the ‘Zinoviev letter’ of 1924). There has been an upside to the Miliband affair, however. Ed Miliband is learning at last to bite the hand that smacks him rather than that which feeds him. Hopefully, he will begin to carry this forward in other contexts (Labour’s relationship with the trade unions, for example – SUPPORT THE FIREFIGHTERS – or its policy on immigration).

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