The Left’s New Vampires

For hundreds of years, vampires have been regarded as safe Tory voters, but in 2017, for the first time ever, more voted for Labour than the Conservatives. Why? Vampires. Rich. Aristocratic. Extremely traditional. Only a generation ago they were the safest of safe voters for the Conservative Party. Now, fewer than one in three admit … Continue reading The Left’s New Vampires

“My prediction for this election is a historic defeat for Labour. Would not be surprised if it is their worst since the Second World War.”

Right. Today's post is about politics. It is also an opportunity for you to enjoy me having got something wrong. The title of this post is a prediction I made on 18th April, the day Theresa May called a general election, before she put in one of the worst ever Conservative campaigns, and Jeremy Corbyn … Continue reading “My prediction for this election is a historic defeat for Labour. Would not be surprised if it is their worst since the Second World War.”

HUMUNGO Games – Where We’re At

Hi everyone! Mungo here. Just a quick update to let you know the state of play for HUMUNGO Games at the moment. Marketforce! This satirical business RPG is free to download and available here. Described by a television producer who works with Anthony Horrowitz as "Genuinely hilarious. A great game." Play it and be delighted. Jaguar … Continue reading HUMUNGO Games – Where We’re At

Two common beliefs that are problematic

It's Friday morning, so time to take issue with two common beliefs: 1. “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wise people so full of doubts.” In fact, numerous studies have shown that all people, including the wisest people in the land, tend to … Continue reading Two common beliefs that are problematic

Trump is a Centrist and Everybody is Wrong

"I have never considered myself right, left or center. On some issues, such as law enforcement, I do sound like a Birchite: and on others, more like Fidel Castro after two quarts of Appleton’s rum." - these are the words of Truman Capote, the great novelist, spoken in 1968. The Birchites were an advocacy group … Continue reading Trump is a Centrist and Everybody is Wrong

Ground Troops Alone Don’t Win Elections – We Need Values and Vision

Some have said that Labour's half a million members will somehow make up for our lack of a clear values or vision for the country. How much did Clinton's far more sophisticated ground game help in her campaign against "The Donald"? Hillary Clinton had the united support of her party and lost. Trump had the revulsion … Continue reading Ground Troops Alone Don’t Win Elections – We Need Values and Vision

We sound a little bit like Christians

The Labour Party is full of the faithful. I've heard both Corbynites and Owenites claim that their side will win because they must. That Labour can and will win the next election because the Tories are awful, and that a vaguely defined alternative to both centre-left and centre-right economics will create greater prosperity because every single economy in the developed world is … Continue reading We sound a little bit like Christians

“A conspiracy against the public”

"I’ve always treated neoliberalism as a political project carried out by the corporate capitalist class as they felt intensely threatened both politically and economically towards the end of the 1960s into the 1970s. They desperately wanted to launch a political project that would curb the power of labor." These are the words of the great … Continue reading “A conspiracy against the public”

What’s wrong with British party funding anyway?

It’s often hard for liberal socialist types like myself to remember, but the last Labour Prime Minister but one resigned in the midst of a party funding scandal. When most of us hear mention of Tony Blair, we think “war criminal”, so it is easy to forget that the rush into an illegal war happened … Continue reading What’s wrong with British party funding anyway?