‘For a sense of the division now tearing through the Labour party, consider a moment that occurred during the Fabian Society conference back in January 2010. The day’s proceedings finished with a Dragons’ Den-style competition for a big idea for the next election manifesto. A pitch for a Green New Deal to provide a Keynesian stimulus, create good jobs, and decarbonise the economy was greeted enthusiastically by delegates but rejected by Gordon Brown’s pollster, Deborah Mattinson, who said that while climate change was “the biggest issue facing humanity” this was not an idea she could sell to voters.
There, six years ago, was the essence of Labour’s current civil war: on one side a grassroots bursting with ideas, determined to tackle the most urgent issues; on the other a party establishment so deferential to “political reality” that the survival of human civilisation has to take a back seat. This is the real struggle taking place in the party now: not one between “Blairites” and “Corbynistas”, but between conservatives and progressives.
We assume that the dividing line between conservatives and progressives falls between the two main parties – but it now runs through Labour’s heart.’
Source: This Labour battle isn’t Blairites v Corbynistas. It’s over progressive change | David Wearing | Opinion | The Guardian
These 15 strips show how the comic strip has proved to be uncannily prescient about the billionaire’s run for the White House.
Source: How ‘Doonesbury’ predicted Donald Trump’s presidential run 29 years ago – The Washington Post
Michael Kiwanuka has a new CD coming out next week. I’d not come across him – until I heard a really nice interview with him last week on Front Row.
Been listening to him ever since.
I thought this gave some perspective to the silly talk about Britain’s ability to negotiate special deals with the EU:
‘The European Union is to show its determination to make no concessions to the UK on Brexit terms by telling Switzerland it will lose access to the single market if it goes ahead with plans to impose controls on the free movement of EU citizens.The Swiss-EU talks, under way for two years but now needing a solution possibly within weeks, throws up the exact same issues that will be raised in the UK’s exit talks – the degree to which the UK must accept free movement of the EU’s citizens as a price for access to the single market.’
Source: EU tells Swiss no single market access if no free movement of citizens | World news | The Guardian
Smart public art from sculptor Alex Chinnick – great symbol of UK energy policy over the last 40 years too?