James O’Brien v Labour’s progress and Jeremy’s Corbynistas (video)

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Once every 6 weeks or so, since Jeremy Corbyn assumed the mantle of the Labour leadership, James O’Brien has hosted a phone-in where he has invited supporters, the so-called Corbynistas, to call in and try to prove or explain why … Continue reading

How Brexit could hurt UK-US trade (The Conversation and video)

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Barack Obama’s visit to Britain, brings with it plenty of chatter about the so-called “special relationship” between the US and the UK. Coming as Britain prepares for a referendum on European Union membership, the visit has already kicked off a … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Brexit’s happy morons shutting down Obama’s free speech (video)

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A month ago, ultra-conservative historian, Niall Ferguson, published an article in The Times entitled “Brexit’s happy morons don’t give a damn about the costs of leaving”. I thought that attacking so-called ‘Brexiteers’ was somewhat at odds with what I was … Continue reading

The Conservative election expenses saga explained (The Conversation) (video)

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Since late January, a story about political party finance and spending in the 2015 UK election (and three by-elections) has been simmering. Now it seems to be boiling over. For brevity, it’s probably best to concentrate on the allegations related … Continue reading

Finally, the truth about Hillsborough but you won’t read it on the front of The Sun (plus James O’Brien v the truth audio)

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As Jared Ficklin wrote here, the verdicts returned at the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 completely vindicate the 27-year campaign for justice resolutely undertaken by the families of the 96 who died. The verdicts, which will surely have … Continue reading

Cameron was not predicting war – and he is right to raise Brexit security fear (The Conversation and Newsnight video)

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David Cameron attempted to inject some passion into his mission for the UK to remain a member of the EU by making a “big, bold patriotic case” for membership. His speech is being read as a warning that Brexit poses … Continue reading

Jon Stewart talks politics and satire on Axe Files Live (University of Chicago video)

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Regular readers of this blog know that my admiration for Jon Stewart knows no bounds and his near total absence from broadcast media since ending his run on the Daily Show has been disheartening for so many reasons. In this, his first … Continue reading

Can we believe what the Treasury says about the cost of Brexit? (The Conversation and Newsnight video)

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There’s a high price to be paid if Britain leaves the European Union, according to the UK’s Treasury forecasts. Leaving the EU would cost the average household £4,300 per year, it is suggested. But Chancellor George Osborne has not done … Continue reading

Think tanks, dead cats and the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ (video)

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What do you think of when you hear the words “think tank”? For those who have only a passing interest in the world of politics, which is most of us, the words are likely to indicate a gathering of highly intelligent … Continue reading

Corporate inversions: What’s in a name? (video)

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If you rely on the BBC for your diet of news, you probably will not have realised how embarrassingly haphazard and poorly produced the once universally praised BBC News’ output has become in recent years. The slow and painful decline … Continue reading

Explainer: what are ‘tax havens’? (video)

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The Panama Papers leak sheds some light on the intricate ways in which the wealthy can exploit secretive offshore tax regimes. As well as charging minimal or no tax to residents and non-residents, the main characteristics of tax havens are … Continue reading

James O’Brien v Boris Johnson’s self-serving support for Brexit (audio)

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 27/02/2016. London, UK. Boris Johnson puts on his coat as he leaves his north London home.  It is now nearly a week since the London Mayor announced his support for the campaign to leave the EU. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP

If the polls are to be believed, the outcome of the forthcoming EU referendum is finely balanced. For reasons that are apparently obvious to many, but which this commentator is wholly in the dark about both sides of the debate … Continue reading

Panama Papers: remarkable global media operation holds rich and powerful to account (video)

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With the Panama Papers exposé perhaps we can now say the fortress walls of offshore secrecy are finally cracking. Such havens allow corruption and tax avoidance to take place on a massive international scale by some of the richest and … Continue reading

James O’Brien and satire v Donald Trump’s vile and violent voters (video)

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Much has been written about Donald Trump‘s incitement of his supporters to undertake acts of violence against protestors at his rallies, and all of it appears to be true. The extensive media coverage of everything Trump says and does and … Continue reading

Meet Ted Cruz: religion, hookers, voter fraud and hated by his own party, what’s not to like? (video)

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From climate change through reproductive rights and gender equality and on to LGBTQ rights and same-sex marriage, Ted Cruz denies them all. In that respect, he ought to be the perfect alternative candidate to Donald Trump, at least within the … Continue reading