Author Archives: Sean Thompson

Unfortunately this isn’t an April Fools joke

  And so it begins. From today (1 April) the Government will begin do to things; it will give a tax cut averaging £100,000 to each of the 13,000 people in Britain earning over £1m a year and it will … Continue reading

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The Times They (may be) a’Changin

Over the past couple of weeks, three things have served to lift the gloom of an apparently endless winter in Tory Britain. First has been the first stirrings of what may well become a real wave of popular revulsion at … Continue reading

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Know Thy Enemy

I first came across Christopher Logue when, in 1963, a friend played me Red Bird, an EP (an extended play 7 inch record – a format now known only to pensioners and vinyl geeks) of Logue reading some of his … Continue reading

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Squeezing blood from stones – Tory style

Under the current system, people on low or no incomes have up to 100% of their council tax paid by their local council through Council Tax benefit. However, in just five weeks time, at the beginning of April, the  current … Continue reading

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The Buddha’s parable of the burning house – Brecht

Guatama the Buddha taught The doctrine of greed’s wheel to which we are bound, and advised That we should shed all craving and thus Undesiring enter the nothingness that he called Nirvana. What is it like, this nothingness, Master? Every … Continue reading

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Can’t pay? Don’t pay

Obviously, we all know that this is Government is absolutely vile. But of all the vile things that they have done, or are planning to do (or at least, that they currently admit they are planning) the imposition of the … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy and the Left

A few days ago I wrote about how the SWP’s leadership, who endlessly go on about the need to ‘defend the IS tradition’, have over the years coarsened and stultified the organisation’s politics and practice to the point that they … Continue reading

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