Rachel Reeves: Shadows over the Shadow Chancellor?

Sir Keir Starmer reacted to Labour’s disastrous result in the Hartlepool by-election by demoting Angela Rayner and promoting Rachel Reeves. The move, according to the FT, was “designed to get the Labour party back on the front foot after disappointing local election results and a weekend of bitter infighting”.

Like many of Starmer’s “forward” moves, this appears like a backwards step.

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Douglas Ross: Britannia’s Snake-Oil Salesman


This article isn’t just for those interested in Scottish independence. To quote Alasdair Gray, this article is “For All Independent Minds”. This is for all those that not only wish to understand, but also to mobilise against, the leviathan Conservative Party financial apparatus and the corrosive influence it has on our politics, and our futures. As Ryan & Geoghegan state:

Democracy depends on transparency. Unless voters know who is funding their politicians, how can they assess whether they are bending to the interests of those who are bankrolling them? Unless we have a clear idea of who funds the leaflets coming through our letterboxes and the Facebook adverts telling us who to vote for, why should we read them?

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STALBURY TRUSTEES: THE GHOST OF THATCHER HAUNTS THE RED WALL

Hamlet and Ghost. George Cruikshank c.1825.
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“What may this mean, that thou, dead corse, again in complete steel, revisits thus the glimpses of the moon, making night hideous, and we fools of nature so horridly to shake our disposition with thoughts beyond the reaches of our soul?”

So speaks Hamlet when confronted by the Ghost of his father on the desolate battlements of Elsinore.

Today the vengeful spectre of another former ruler haunts the ramparts of another desolate Wall, closer to home. It is a ghost arrayed not in steel but in iron, and a wall the colour of blood. It is the ghost of Margaret Thatcher, and it is the Red Wall upon which her sulphurous spirit stalks.

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LABOUR: A HOUSE DIVIDED?

Will the house stand?

“A house divided against itself cannot stand…” wrote Abraham Lincoln. “I do not expect the Union to be dissolved-I do not expect the house to fall-but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.”

After the moribund post-Blairite years, Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party in 2015. Since then Labour, and the wider labour movement, has been ravaged by repeated schisms, along ideological fault-lines, for control of the party.

Now, with the new leadership team of Kier Starmer, a newly elected NEC and the prospect of three influential General Secretaries of Trade Unions stepping down in the coming months, the debate about the future of the Party has been reignited with a renewed sense of urgency.

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MARGARET BECKETT AND THE TRIBUNE GROUP: STARMER’S FIFTH COLUMN?

Starmer’s Fifth Column?

As we were conducting research into individuals registered as donors to Keir Starmer, we encountered an intriguing anomaly. A donor to Starmer named Helen Rowe, on whom we have been unable to corroborate further details, had also donated £10,000 to an entity called The Labour Tribune MP’s Group.

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30 Years of Night: Priti Patel and Brexit

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Conservatives drain your vital interests to feed their own. (Image courtesy Spitting Image.)

In the under-watched and underappreciated 2007 film 30 Days of Night, a coven of vampires invade a remote Alaskan outpost during the perpetual night of the Arctic winter. They methodically and ruthlessly cut-off all communication and connection to the outside world, trapping all those that Remain.

Unlike classical vampires, this incarnation manufacture their own hostile environment, where they can prey and feed upon an insular, isolated population without outside interference. In a week where legal bodies have issued stark warning of a looming Brexit dictatorship, the parallels do not need to be laboured.

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Ruling New Britannia- Jacob Rees-Mogg and Brexit.

Jacob Rees-Mogg. Bing Creative Commons.

Most of you will be aware of Milton’s timeless quote “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven”.

But when it comes to Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Vote Leave cabal at the centre of the current government, the full quote is instructive. Milton’s Lucifer, anti-hero of Paradise Lost, announces:

“Here we may reign secure; and in my choice

To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:

Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”

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Michael Gove- The Privileged In Public Service

Michael Gove recently gave the Ditchley Annual Lecture. He opened with a quote from the Marxist intellectual Gramsci and spoke of “The Privilege of Public Service.” Gramsci is famous for his writings on Cultural Hegemony and his belief that the establishment class uses the dominance of cultural institutions in a society to protect and perpetuate their power and control of that society.

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ACE OF SPADS

In this post, we thought we would cheer you up by reminding you that after pestilence there are another three horsemen of the apocalypse galloping over the horizon. Once the disaster capitalists in Westminster have finished exploiting the Coronavirus we have Brexit to look forward to. All under the watchful eye of Vote Leave’s very own Varys.

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Munira Mirza – “Spiking” the Race Inequality Commission

Munira Mirza

This week’s matrix analysis begins, like many a journalistic tragedy/farce, with Brendan O’Neill. On 16/06/20 he published an article in The Spectator defending Priti Patel and Munira Mirza. They had both received criticism for their responses to the BLM movement and recent debates about the defacement/removal of statues of historical figures. As we shall see below, Mirza has been repeatedly challenged in the past for her comments around race and racism. According to Brendan this is because, “Nothing winds up the woke set more than an ethnic-minority person who refuses to sing from their hymn sheet.” He does qualify his praise of Mirza by stating, “For the record, I know Mirza and she has written for my magazine, Spiked!” This article is about the establishment connections Mirza and O’Neill fail to mention, for the record.

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