Following a disasterous vote in Parliament yesterday, where 66 “Labour” MPs voted in favour of shelling Syria, the news has been awash with sycophancy, none worse than the glowing reviews currently being slathered over Hilary Benn’s over-done performance.
The Shadow Secretary for Murder made what has been described as a “powerful,” “emotional” and “compelling” case for a bombing campaign that “moved MPs to tears” according to the Blairite rag that is the New Statesman. Every other say on the matter has basically been airbrushed from history – in favour of celebrating a speech that has dragged Britain into another blood-stained shambles of a conflict. Hooray for war. Hooray for slaughter. Hooray for repetitive strain. Continue reading
One of the most infuriating myths peddled as received wisdom by arm-chair Nick Robinsons across the nation is that protests never change anything. The second most infuriating un-truth they then point to, to justify this is pessimism clothed as realism, is the historic Stop the War march of 2003. Because the war in Iraq still happened, and Britain still took part in it. So there you go, over a million ordinary people rallied to defend the unseen lives of millions in Iraq, and it was pointless. Might as well buy shares in BAE systems and put your feet up.
War, huh, what is it good for?
We Are Many (2015), Amir Amirani’s moving tribute to the unquantifiable millions who marched on February 15th is perhaps the most compelling antithesis to that hackneyed lie. Continue reading
In his latest piece for Hollywood Hegemony, writer Adam Hofmeister reviews ‘Will and Testament’, Skip Kite’s “fitting tribute for a socialist hero”, and pays his own respects to the life and ideas of the late Tony Benn.
Gone, but not forgotten.